Official Press Release
Sky One has signed Big Brother and Hell’s Kitchen star Brian Dowling to front Cirque: Backstage at the Big Top, a sister show to reality hit Cirque de Celebrité presented by Jenni Falconer. The series will launch on Thursday 11 October at 8:00pm exclusive to Sky One and Sky One HD.
Cirque: Backstage at the Big Top will feature an interview with the evicted celebrity and take viewers behind the scenes to witness all the tears and tantrums of the celebrities as they try to get to grips with circus skills that would take professionals years to master.
Brian commented: “There couldn’t be a more dramatic, colourful and glitzy show on TV, so I’m thrilled to be joining the Cirque de Celebrité team. The girls are glamorous, the boys’ outfits show off their best assets and I’ll be there to capture every little bit of action in glorious high-definition. Whilst Jenni holds the reigns on Sunday night’s live show, I’m excited to be sharing the dirt from behind-the-scenes for fans needing a mid-week fix.”
This year Cirque de Celebrité sees Kyal Marsh (Neighbours), Hannah Waterman (EastEnders), Shane Lynch (Boyzone), Stacey Cadman (Cavegirl), socialite Lady Isabella Harvey, Princess Tamara (Road Test), Olympic athlete Dwain Chambers, Antonia Okonma (Bad Girls), footballer Dean Holdsworth, Ritchie Neville (Five), Luke Bailey (Casualty) and model Emily Scott enter the Big Top on October 7 with the aim of being crowned the circus king or queen. They’ll be put through their paces on a physically demanding and emotionally draining journey under the watchful eyes of Britain’s biggest and best contemporary circus, Cirque Surreal.
In each Sunday night’s live show the celebrities battle it out with ever more daring performances, hoping to thrill the audience and win the votes of both the expert panel of judges, including Gaby Roslin, Cirque Surreal creator Phillip Gandey and choreographer Louis Spence, and the viewers at home. These combined votes determine each week’s winner – the star with the least votes will pack their bags and say goodbye to the circus.
In Cirque: Backstage at the Big Top Brian will chart the celebs’ progress in training, taking viewers behind-the-scenes to reveal the personal triumphs and showbiz rivalries as the competition heats up.
Twelve celebrities with one ambition; sensational glamour and showmanship; incredible tests of strength and fierce determination – it can only be Cirque de Celebrité.