Celebrity Lingo: when does ITV series start, who are the celebrities, who is host RuPaul - how does it work?

Celebrity Lingo is a word-based guessing game hosted by RuPaul similar to online phenomenon Wordle

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Celebrity Lingo will see famous pairs race against the clock to raise money for charity by guessing as many words as possible.

ITV game show Lingo first aired in 2021 and was hosted by Good Morning Britain presenter Adil Ray - the new celebrity version of the show will be fronted by ‘queen of drag’ RuPaul.

Each episode will see three famous pairs compete to win big for charity.

RuPaul is the host of Celebrity LingoRuPaul is the host of Celebrity Lingo
RuPaul is the host of Celebrity Lingo

How does Celebrity Lingo work?

Anyone familiar with the online word game Wordle, which took the world by storm early this year, will see the similarities in Lingo.

Players have to guess a four or five letter word in five attempts, but they are given the first letter of the word.

Then, very much like Wordle, after each guess, players are told if the letters they chose are in the word, and if they are in the right place.

Each celebrity pairing will try to guess as many correct words as they can within the time limit, and the more words they get right, the more money they will win for their chosen charity.

Who are the celebrity contestants?

The pairs taking part in the first episode of the series are:

Joel and Hannah Dommett

Joel is a stand-up comedian from Gloucestershire - he is best known for presenting I’m a Celebrity... Extra Camp, The Masked Singer and its recent spin-off The Masked Dancer.

Hannah is Joel’s husband - the pair married in 2019 - and a fashion model whose portfolio includes work for Boux Avenue, M&S and MissGuided.

Alan Halsall and Andy Whyment

Alan is an actor most associated with the role of Tyrone Dobbs on ITV soap Coronation Street, who he has played since 1998.

Andy is Alan’s co-star - he has played Kirk Sutherland in the soap since 2000 and has also starred in BBC sitcom The Royle Family.

Andi Peters and Laura Tobin

Andi is a TV presenter for ITV who is most often seen on  Good Morning Britain and Lorraine - he also hosts Dancing on Ice: Extra.

Laura is a meteorologist and works alongside Andi on Good Morning Britain where she presents the weather bulletins.

Contestants on Celebrity LingoContestants on Celebrity Lingo
Contestants on Celebrity Lingo

Other pairs who will feature in the show include:

Vernon Kay and Michelle Visage

Vernon is a radio and TV presenter best known for presenting Family Fortunes, and last year  he began hosting Game of Talents.

MIchelle Visage is an American radio DJ but is best known in the UK for being a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom

Rickie is a British radio DJ known for working on BBC Radio 1- in 2016 he presented game show Bang on the Money with fellow DJ Melvin Odoom.

Melvin presents on BBC Radio 1 alongside Rickie - he has also hosted Channel 4 competition Lego Masters since 2017.

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton

Stacey is a presenter known for hard hitting documentary series Stacey Dooley investigates - she also presented the first two seasons of Glow Up.

Kevin is a professional dancer who was on Strictly Come Dancing from season 11-17. In season 16 he was partnered with Stacey Dooley and the pair won the series - they have been in a relationship ever since.

Carys Eleri and Charlotte Church

Carys is a Welsh actress and singer and has appeared in Welsh language shows including Parch and Alys.

Charlotte is also a Welsh singer and close friend of Carys - she has released six studio albums, the latest of which Back to Scratch came out 12 years ago.

Martin and Shirlie Kemp

Martin is a musician and actor - he was the bassist in new wave band Spandau Ballet, and played the villain Steve Owen in EastEnders.

Shirlie is Martin’s wife, and a singer who came to fame in the 1980’s as a backing singer for the band Wham!

Clare Balding and Alice Arnold

Clare is a sports broadcaster who presents for Channel 4, BBC Sport, and BT Sport, where she hosts her own sports chat show.

Alice is Clare’s wife - the pair married in 2015 - and is a broadcaster and journalist. She worked for BBC Radio 4 from 1994-2012, and since leaving the role has written for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.

Lulu and Lee Juggurnauth

Lulu is a Scottish singer known for the song To Sir with Love, and the James Bond title song The Man With the Golden Gun - she was also joint winner of Eurovision in 1969 with Boom Bang-a-Bang.

Lee has been a presenter on property programme A Place in the Sun since last year. He had previously worked in the music industry, where he worked with Lulu as well as Billy Ocean, and Take That.

Claire Richards and H from Steps

Claire is a singer best known for being a member of the pop group Steps - she has also featured regularly as a panellist on talk show Loose Women.

H is of course als best known for being in Steps - after the group split H and Claire formed a musical duo and released three singles and an album together.

Lawrence Chaney and Tia Kofi

Lawrence is a Scottish drag queen who won the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, they also appeared on the latest season of Celebrity Gogglebox.

Tia is also a drag queen who competed against Lawrence on Drag Race UK - they came in seventh place.

Who is RuPaul?

RuPaul is a 61 year old drag queen known for presenting RuPaul’s Drag Race, its international versions and spin-offs.

His other work includes presenting The RuPaul Show and producing singing competition Queen of the Universe.

RuPaul has starred in the Netflix comedy series AJ and the Queen, Chicago Party Aunt, and Girlboss.

When is Celebrity Lingo on TV?

The show will begin airing on ITV on Sunday 4 September at 6.30pm.

There are eight episodes in the series and they will be released at the same time weekly. Episodes will also be available to watch on the ITV Hub shortly after they are first broadcast.

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