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My Thoughts on Channel 4's - The Circle

Updated: Sep 24, 2019

I don't know about you, but I have been OBSESSED with Channel 4's new reality show - The Circle.

For those who haven't seen the show, it is a new reality-based game, where contestants compete to become the most "popular" in order to win £50,000. Unlike other shows such as Love Island or Big Brother, contestants never actually meet face-to-face, until they are blocked/removed from the game.

(Photo: Hosts Alice Levine & Maya Jama)

Located in a refurbished block of flats in London, contestants aka "players", live in their own individual apartments, and can only communicate via a specifically designed social media platform called The Circle.

Communicating solely through their profile on the app, players are able to portray themselves in any way they choose. Throughout their 3 week stint, players "rate" each other based on who they like/dislike.

Now we all know I'm not one to shy away from a cheeky audition here or there. As a massive TV nerd, when the opportunity came my way to audition for the show - I went for it!

I had several phone calls, emails and skype sessions with the casting team, and I honestly thought I had a good shot at appearing on the show. At one point they even asked for measurements of my wheelchair, which I took as a good sign.

Unfortunately nothing ever came of it which is a real shame. I think I must have scared them off when I started talking about needing some behind-the-scenes support, in terms of my personal care etc.

When it comes to casting, I feel like it's the same with every show. You always have your 'token stereotypes' - for example contestants with varying ages, race and sexualities. But there's always one community that's left out, and that is those with disabilities.

(Photo: The first 8 contestants this year)

Despite being gutted I didn't make the original lineup, I've really enjoyed this series and I love the concept behind the show. It's overall message highlights the dangers of social media, and the fact you never really know who you may be talking to online.

Now that I have a better understanding of the show - I'm definitely going all out next year to secure my place.

Would I play as myself? Or would I hide the fact I'm a wheelchair user?

Let me know your thoughts on the show and whether you think I'd make a good contestant...


Ross x

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