A Leeds drag artist and a dancer are set to appear on the UK’s first LGBTQ+ lockdown dating show.
Miss Orry, who has appeared in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, will entertain viewers during a houseparty for the second season of Lovedown.
Also representing Leeds is dancer Kris Gazey.
The online show, hosted by The Voice star and former Emmerdale actress Kelsey-Beth Crossley, follows groups of men and women as they attempt to date, through video calls during the coronavirus lockdown and with social distancing rules in place.
This season will feature LGBTQ+ men and women who will date each other in order to matchmake with another contestant and win a date outside of lockdown.
The contestants for this season are Miss Orry who was a headline act at the former Bird Cage club, Mr Gay England 2020 finalist Kyle Elson – also known as The Bionic Hairdresser.
Jade Atkinson-Eve from Poulton-le-Fylde who appeared in Season One, Claire Swallow from Birmingham, Diana Cretu, Emily MaGee from Bradford, Kris Gazey – a dancer from Leeds, Bradley Ashton from Cardiff and Brad Thorpe, a club host who has appeared on MTV’s Love Squad.
The new season is due to air on Thursday 25 June from Lovedown’s YouTube channel to coincide with the end of the Pride month celebrations.
Host, Kelsey-Beth said: “Being single isn’t so bad when you have hobbies, a career and friends but one day when that’s all stripped from you and all you’re allowed to do is DIY, bake and exercise, it’s nice to have a partner to share the highs and lows with.
“I have enjoyed this experience so much, the love birds are such warm, lovely people with big personalities and hopefully, we can play a tiny part in helping them find love or even just giving them and our viewers a few laughs in a hard time. Watching the footage and meeting everyone virtually has brought such light to the long days and we are all having a blast.”
No social distancing guidelines have been broken during the recording of the show. The casting and filming has all been done online with a production team working from home.
Contestants recorded their dates using their own mobile phones or computers and then sent their footage to the production team.