It looks like Courtney Act will continue on in her reign as queen of late night television. Channel 4 have given the drag legend her very own talk show, the aptly named ‘The Courtney Act Show’, in response to her “undeniable star quality”.
Courtney was the overwhelming fan favourite on the last series of Celebrity Big Brother from the beginning, appearing as both her character and boy self Shane Jenek, eventually triumphing over fellow finalist Ann Widdecombe. That public attention obviously inspired Channel 4 to grab her before someone else snapped her up. The station’s commissioning editor, Sarah Lazenby announced, “As entertaining as she is emotionally intelligent, as savvy as she is sassy, Courtney was born to perform. We are utterly delighted she has chosen to come to the channel to host the world’s first ‘dragazine’ show”.
Courtney Act herself followed up with her own promise of what fans can expect: “This is my show and I say come on in, all you heroic misfits, those of you who are a bit chipped around the edges – I want to welcome you all. You bring the open minds and I’ll bring the open bar and we’ll meet in the middle for a gay old time!”
A finalist on RuPaul’s Drag Race, making the podium in Season 6 with Adore Delano and Bianca Del Rio, Courtney first came to fame on the Australian version of Idol – her decision to compete as her drag persona capturing headlines.
It was her appearance on Big Brother, however, which really seemed to capture hearts. She received huge praise for calmly and kindly explaining gender identity to fellow housemates, as well as teaching a lot of viewers along the way.
Courtney has also been a fantastic advocate for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, creating a video describing all a person would need to know about U=U, meaning that a person with HIV who has an undetectable viral load can not pass the virus onto a partner.
With Courtney’s mixture of glamour, comedy, emotional intelligence and revolutionary spirit, future viewers should be in for a treat.
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