Courtney Act: It's the right time for a bisexual dating show
16 October 2018 - 5:00 PM

Courtney Act: It's the right time for a bisexual dating show

Share article:

Courtney Act thinks now is the right time for a bisexual dating show.

The 36-year-old Australian drag queen is hosting "The Bi Life", the UK's first bisexual dating show, and thinks it took so long to see a bisexual programme on TV because "people needed a bit of proof" that the world was "ready" for it.

She said: "People needed a bit of proof that the world was ready and social media is really cool because it's this levelling platform where we have metrics that show us how many people are into different things and we can see that queer culture is on the rise. I think we've got the balance right. It's easy to make a reality show that's sensational but it's more challenging to make a reality show that's got a lot of heart and integrity and still keeps you enthralled and makes you want to keep watching."

Courtney - whose real name is Shane Jenek - loves how there is no "competition element" on "The Bi Life".

She added to Digital Spy: "The thing that I love with this show is that there's no competition element, no-one is competing for money. You're not there to convince people of anything other than the truth ... On "Love Island" you're trying to win the prize money and stay together; on "The Bi Life", the winner is the one that finds love. A few of them are still together, there's a few success stories in the show, which is exciting.

Courtney Act's Bi Life aim

Courtney Act's Bi Life aim

9 October 2018 - 2:00 PM

Courtney Act's Bi Life aim

"I think queer dating shows, we see some queer themes on "First Dates" and shows like that but I think this is so cool that it's not a show that's about people reacting to straight people or gay people. It's a little hermetically-sealed microcosm of bisexual people on a dating adventure through Barcelona."

Jenny Ryan praises Anne Hegerty following I'm A Celeb breakdown
19 November 2018

Jenny Ryan praises Anne Hegerty following I'm A Celeb breakdown

Jenny Ryan praises Anne Hegerty following I'm A Celeb breakdown
I'm A Celerity bosses 'scrap secret campmate'
19 November 2018

I'm A Celerity bosses 'scrap secret campmate'

I'm A Celerity bosses 'scrap secret campmate'
Ray Quinn joins Hollyoaks
19 November 2018

Ray Quinn joins Hollyoaks

Ray Quinn joins Hollyoaks
Kym Marsh has a new puppy
19 November 2018

Kym Marsh has a new puppy

Kym Marsh has a new puppy
Holly Willoughby 'massively relieved' after I'm A Celeb debut
19 November 2018

Holly Willoughby 'massively relieved' after I'm A Celeb debut

Holly Willoughby 'massively relieved' after I'm A Celeb debut
Danny Tetley to challenge Tom Jones' 'sex bomb' crown
19 November 2018

Danny Tetley to challenge Tom Jones' 'sex bomb' crown

Danny Tetley to challenge Tom Jones' 'sex bomb' crown
Peter Crouch backs Harry Redknapp for I'm A Celebrity success
19 November 2018

Peter Crouch backs Harry Redknapp for I'm A Celebrity success

Peter Crouch backs Harry Redknapp for I'm A Celebrity success
Amy James-Kelly was told she would 'never work again'
19 November 2018

Amy James-Kelly was told she would 'never work again'

Amy James-Kelly was told she would 'never work again'
Lee Ryan wants his dog to be EastEnders' 'new Wellard'
19 November 2018

Lee Ryan wants his dog to be EastEnders' 'new Wellard'

Lee Ryan wants his dog to be EastEnders' 'new Wellard'
ABBA stars to host X Factor masterclass
19 November 2018

ABBA stars to host X Factor masterclass

ABBA stars to host X Factor masterclass
Paul Chuckle urges fans to back his I'm A Celebrity dream
19 November 2018

Paul Chuckle urges fans to back his I'm A Celebrity dream

Paul Chuckle urges fans to back his I'm A Celebrity dream
Kirsty-Leigh Porter pregnant
19 November 2018

Kirsty-Leigh Porter pregnant

Kirsty-Leigh Porter pregnant