THE Circle is touted as a fusion between Big Brother, Black Mirror and Catfish and now it’s back for a second series with a brand new host.
But what else can we expect from the second season of the show? Here’s what we know so far…
When is The Circle back on TV?
Channel 4 have announced the show will start on September 24, 2019.
Season two will premiere on the TV channel from 9.15pm to 10.30pm
It will run for just over three weeks.
Who is presenting The Circle series 2?
On June 4, 2019, The Sun exclusively revealed that Emma Willis would be replacing last year’s hosts Maya Jama and Alice Levine.
A source said: “The producers decided to bring in one of the big guns in Emma. She will host a big launch event, and front a live show on a Friday.”
Former Big Brother presenter Emma said: “I’m delighted to be part of something incredibly relevant and can’t wait to see how mischievous people are prepared to be for £100,000.”
What is The Circle about?
The show has been billed as a cross between Big Brother, Catfish and Black Mirror and is nothing like we’ve ever seen before.
Each contestant moves into a newly refurbished block of flats in London and is handed the keys to their own apartment.
None of the stars ever meet one another in person, until they are knocked out of the game.
Instead they communicate with one another by a specially designed social media app.
The platform is completely voice activated, meaning the contestants speak to one another through the app – rather than face-to-face.
Studio Lambert’s Creative Director, Tim Harcourt explained: “When one player speaks, the other player can immediately read what they’ve said and talk back to them.
“To the television viewer, it will look like a normal real life conversation, except neither player can see what the other one actually looks like.
“All they can see of the other person are the photos they have chosen to put up on their profile page.
“In The Circle, you are what you share which is what makes The Circle so interesting and unusual, because this is a popularity contest decided on by the players themselves.
“And since the contestants only know each other by what they claim they are on their profile pages, they can chose to be whomever they think will make them the most popular person in the group.
“They may decide being rigorously authentic about who they really are will make them most popular. Or they may want to make themselves younger, prettier or more glamorous than they really are.
“Or they may go much further and decide to present an entirely fictional version of themselves.”
The game means that any of the stars can pretend to be whatever, and whoever, they want to be.
At the end of the series, the most popular player – the person whoever gets the most likes – will be in with a chance to win the £100,000 prize pot.
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Who won The Circle last year?
Last year Alex was announced as the winner of The Circle and scooped £75,000.
Over the course of the show he’d been playing the game as a girl called Kate, using his girlfriend Millie’s pictures.
In the final the remaining contestants met face to face and fellow contestant Dan – who Alex had been flirting with as Kate – was shocked to discover that Kate was really a man.
Alex is a YouTuber and has a wealth of knowledge of social media having worked as a content producer for UNILAD.
What does the winner of The Circle get?
Last year’s winner Alex earned the cash prize of £50,000.
But he also emerged as the viewer’s champion and was awarded with £25,000.
That took his total prize winnings to an incredible £75,000.
So if this year follows the same format then the winner can potentially win the same amount if they play their cards right.