Circle Series 3 starts tonight on Channel 4.
The hilarious reality show returns for its third series and is again hosted by Emma Willis.
So who is in the cast this time? And when is it on?
And how does The Circle work again?
Get answers to your burning questions and more here.
The Circle Cast 2021
The cast this year consists of a duo of father and daughter, a high-flying company boss and several candidates who pretend to be “catfish”.
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Let’s take a look at each The Circle participant and see who they want to play.
Andy, 34, from Solihull, is a father who underwent life-changing surgery to remove his colon when he was 18.
However, this has not affected his confidence as he has grown stronger and stronger throughout his career.
Today he works as a manager and plans to play himself at The Circle.
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He says, “My motivation is to show that you can win it with a little integrity.
“I really want a catfish to admit it is a catfish. I don’t know what to do with this information, but that is my ultimate goal. I would rate that as a win. “
Billy, 19 from Essex, is a sports marketing manager who will also be playing himself.
The teenager says he is a TikTok addict who can spend up to eight hours a day on the social media platform.
And he’s planning to play himself fearing he might slip with his catfish cover story.
Billy explains, “I was thinking about getting in as someone else but then I decided I was going to slip too. I would be forgetting something so I think if I go in as myself I know what to do and what not.”
Birmingham, 28, Hashu is a YouTuber and content creator.
He decided to play his uncle Syed.
He says he’s a lifelong pettinger and sees The Circle as the ultimate way to hone his joking skills.
And he anticipates that as his uncle he will have a greater chance of winning than himself – as he says, Syed is cute and not very good at social media.
Hashu explains, “He’s a cute old man who just doesn’t have the best English grammar, so everyone helps and guides him a bit.
“Then he’ll catch everyone with their guards down. I will make people laugh all the time without wanting to. “
James, 47 from London, is a strength and conditioning trainer.
And he chooses to play an NHS nurse named Gemma.
He’s also a former gladiator star hunter and says if he wins he’ll use half the money to show his appreciation for the NHS.
But ultimately, he decided to create Gemma as he believes this will make him the most popular candidate.
James says, “Originally, when I thought of someone who was going to be the most popular person, I would clap for the NHS every Thursday.
“I want to do my best to get some money for the NHS. I did a lot of research and talked to different nurses. “
Manrika, 24, from Birmingham, is a content creator and recruiter.
She would love to win the money to help her family and looks forward to showing off her bubbly personality on TV.
She decided to play herself as she believes she already has a winning personality.
She explains, “I think I have the best advantage of playing myself because I’m a real down to earth person, a bubbly character that I can get along with with anyone.
“If I went in as someone else, I’d forget half of the things I said to back it up and then I’d be blocked immediately.”
Jamie and Millie
Jamie, 57, and Millie, 20, are from Hampshire.
This father and daughter chose to go to The Circle as Penny, a 49-year-old landlady from London.
Jamie and Millie say they decided to play Penny because they believe their sympathy will win the other contestants over.
And she is modeled after Millie’s ideal of a perfect stepmother.
Jamie says, “Our strategy is that Penny will be very hard not to like and funny too.
“I think we’re going to take it slow, getting to know people. We want to be there in the long run, and I think we’d be a bit naive if we came up with a clear strategy other than ingratulating Penny with the other players and moving on from there. “
As Millie explains, “It was fun creating the perfect woman – someone who has the qualities that dad in a partner and I expect in a stepmother. She’s a bit like the two of us. “
Tally, 23, from Worthing, is a receptionist at a doctor’s office.
She says she hopes to show the real thing to her on The Circle by playing herself.
In contrast to the heavily filtered version, she portrays on Instagram.
Says Tally, “While I’m currently forcing it on my Instagram, I don’t think you have to look any particular way.
“I understand this Instagram trap is easy to fall into. I want to prove that no matter what stage you are at, you can still redeem yourself. “
Vithun, 23, from London is an accountant who will play himself.
He hopes to use facts and statistics to win the show rather than feelings or intuition.
And he hopes to make history by winning The Circle’s third series.
Vithun explains: “I’ve always been a fan of reality TV. I live for drama, chaos and anarchy!
“There has never been an Asian civil reality TV show winner in the UK. I want to try to make history.”
Yolanda, 30, from London, is the founder of a dating agency.
And she will play her husband Chris!
Yolanda says she will play a single and is ready to mix up a version of her husband.
And she knows him so well that she’s not afraid of slipping.
As a catfish, she is not concerned about possible criticism.
Yolanda claims, “At the end of the day, it’s a game. When someone gets upset, I say, “Bring it in,” hug them, and say, “Don’t be so bitter!” It’s okay, it’s not the end of the world “
How does The Circle work?
The Circle is a very unique reality show indeed.
It is based on the popularity of social media and the ability to ultimately be whoever you want online.
The participants live in the same building, but are not allowed to see each other.
Instead, they can only communicate using the online profile they have created.
You can send messages and talk to each other through the app – but never through video chat.
The participants then rate each other and also have the option of blocking each other.
Whoever collects the most likes over the course of the series wins.
The winning prize is £ 100,000.
When does the Circle Series 3 run?
Circle Series 3 starts tonight at 9:15 p.m. on Channel 4.
You can catch up on previous episodes of All4 as soon as they air.
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