Channel 4’s popular ‘catfishing’ show The Circle will hit screens tonight as a bunch of new contestants get ready to get to know each other via social media only.
The group will communicate solely using a profile they have designed themselves – meaning they can be literally anyone they want.
The aim of the game is to become as popular as possible and avoid being ‘blocked’.
With a total prize pot of £100,000 up for grabs, it remains to be seen who will last the longest without putting anyone off.
As the contestants get ready to move into their flats, there will be at least one famous face hiding amongst the players.
We take a closer look at who’s who this year and who to look out for this season…
Player 1: Brooke
Brooke will turn 25 just days after the show kicks off.
The Home Office disclosure officer from Buckinghamshire says she will be playing as herself, but will be opting for a “less glam” version.
The jetsetter, who is single, claims romance is dead for her generation, but hopes to find someone to flirt with on the show.
She aims to convince fellow contestants that she is a “beauty with brains” by sharing her graduation photos, and will portray herself as a student so as not to intimidate anyone with her job.
Brooke says she is not worried about her popularity while on the show as she says she is popular in “real life”.
However, she says people often misunderstand her due to her online profiles that show her in exotic locations worldwide.
On the side, Brooke is a travel blogger, and was just one country away from visiting 25 before she turned 25.
She hopes to land the top cash prize so she can continue her travels.
Brooke claims to be a “very suspicious” person and is going into the game treating everyone as a catfish, adding they are all “guilty until proven innocent”.
Player 2: Emelle
Emelle is a 31-year-old lesbian from Manchester, but will be playing a younger, straight girl on the show.
The model claims this will make her more popular, as “straight privilege” is prevalent in society today.
She has allegedly asked all her straight friends for tips on how to flirt with men, and will be using her own pictures on her profile.
Emelle describes herself as a “likeable person” who is “positive and not argumentative at all”, and has taken a joke book into the flat with her to keep the others entertained.
She is also going to be taking notes on her fellow competitors to try and catch any catfishes, and hopes to land the top cash prize so she can invest in property.
Player 3: Georgina
Nottingham resident Georgina will turn 22 days after the show kicks off.
She works in the tailoring industry and will be playing herself in the game in the hope of making some new friends.
Georgina is very active on social media in real life and documents living with Crohn’s disease.
She also posts photos of herself in swimwear where her ileostomy bag is clearly visible.
Georgina is hoping that by being open about her medical condition, it will prompt people to talk to her about it, and hopes being true to herself will help her land the cash prize.
Describing herself as “pretty charming”, she claims she will never resort to nastiness to win the show, and would never manipulate anyone for her own gains.
She is hoping to spend her winnings on a nice handbag and some property, and hopes to donate to Crohns and Colitis UK.
Player 4: James
James is a 26-year-old recruitment consultant from Liverpool who will be playing the character of “Sammie”, a single mum with a baby named Charlie.
He feels his communication skills will help him get ahead in the show, and hopes that by portraying himself as a young mum, he will get the sympathy vote.
James is hoping to use the prize money to help open a refuge for women and children, saying he has “huge respect” for his mum who raised him alone.
While he hopes to tug on his fellow competitors heartstrings, he has no qualms about turning players against each other in a bid to win.
James is hoping to find common ground with his fellow players, and says he just wants to make everyone feel “special”.
Player 5: Katie
Katie is a 43-year-old tanning salon owner from Fleet in Hampshire.
She will be playing The Circle as her 25-year-old son Jay, who is a builder.
The mum of four describes Jay as her “best friend” and claims to know him “inside out”.
She chose to play him instead of being herself as she doesn’t want to “get written off as an old bird”.
Katie also claims Jay is useless when it comes to chatting up women and securing a girlfriend so she hopes to seek out a lovely girl for him via the show.
She will be using snaps of her son that make him look “young, handsome and kind”, and has no issues flirting with the ladies in order to make her character more popular.
She will also be taking in a “glossary of young people’s slang” to help her fit in.
Katie revealed that her son might take a cut of her winnings for a “hair transplant” which would boost his confidence.
Player 6: Richard Madeley
Richard is best known as a broadcaster, journalist and author, and will be just one of the famous faces going on the show this year.
While the 63-year-old will be given his profile by the viewers, he claims he is excited about taking on a new persona that might be “extreme and embarrassing”.
Richard claims to be fascinated by the idea that people can form relationships and friendships over social media before ever meeting someone in real life.
He aims to use his time on the show to observe how strangers get to know one another from behind a screen.
He is also looking forward to “disconnecting” from the outside world and will use the time in the flat “as a retreat”.
Richard’s profile for the game will be determined by viewers using The Circle’s new app, and this means he currently has no game plan.
Player 7: Sy
Sy is a 35-year-old forth-generation farmer from Somerset who will be playing the game as himself.
A lover of the countryside, Sy describes himself as confident, loud and cheeky.
He will be using photos of himself that document his life on the farm, and hopes to meet a girl on the show “who’d be happy to chuck on some boots and help pull a calf out”.
Sy is new to city life and is excited to experience a change from his usual surroundings of tractors and livestock.
He plans on being totally honest with his fellow players and wants to use his time on the show to educate people on the realities of farming and county life.
Sy claims he was quite popular at school and would never change who he was in order to try and win.
He is hoping to spend any winnings on a barn conversion on his farm, and the potential purchase of a prize bull.
Player 8: Tim
Tim is a 58-year-old university academic and animator for Rugby and will be playing himself on the show.
Describing himself as “a cross between Santa and Mrs Doubtfire”, he has led a very colourful life having been a monk, theatre designer, director, teacher and goat herder in Greece before signing up as a UKIP candidate.
The gay educator now wants to enter The Circle in a bid to learn more about youth culture, and is hoping the game will help him get more active on social media.
Tim hopes to be the player everyone confides in, and hopes to draw attention to himself with pictures in brightly coloured blazers and dickie bow ties.
He thinks people will suspect him of being a catfish because of his unusual life, and hopes to be viewed as a kind person on the show.
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