The newest reality show on Channel 4 will see eight contestants take part in a social experiment in a bid to win a grand prize of £50,000. The Circle, which has been described as a cross between Big Brother and Black Mirror will test its participants as they move into the same apartment block, though they must live separately in individual flats. The contestants can only communicate with each other through ‘The Circle’, the series’ own social media platform. Each contestant has created a profile for themselves, though some have chosen to present themselves as their true selves, while others have created entirely different personas.
Freddie, an openly gay call centre worker from Essex, will be playing a straight version of himself. The 20 year-old will use his own photos on his profile and will be himself online despite listing his sexuality differently.
Freddie describes himself as energetic, loud and straight-talking, and admits he has a habit for falling for straight guys, adding that he “always wants what he can’t have”. He said that his biggest challenge will be if there is an attractive man in The Circle as he fears he may blow his own cover.
Contestants are eliminated once they are blocked by the other users. The last-remaining contestants will then be in with a chance of winning the prize-fund.
When asked what he would do with the £50,000, he promises to be sensible with the fund and has dreams of launching his own clothing brand, though he is tempted to take his family and friends on a massive holiday and buy some half-price veneers in Turkey.
Other contestants include Alex, a Youtuber from London who will present himself as his girlfriend in an attempt to catfish the other participants, and Genelle, a new mother who will bring her six month-old baby with her into the flat but will hide her motherhood from the Circle.
The Circle, which will be hosted by Alice Levine and Maya Jama will premiere tonight on Channel 4 at 9:15 pm.
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