RuPaul set to host new show, Lingo

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RuPaul has been announced as the host of the rebooted show Lingo for CBS in the US.

In an interesting move for the drag superstar, Lingo is a word game.

We couldn’t be any further from Drag Race with this one.

RuPaul returns to gameshows

It’s been a long time since Rupaul stepped in front of the camera to host The RuPaul Show in 1996.

Since then the star has gone on to create an empire with Drag Race, which is now effectively taking over the world.

Along the way, Rupaul has served as a judge on shows like Skin Wars and made cameos on more shows than we can count.

In 2016 he stepped into the world of gameshows creating his own camp game Gay for Play.

Despite it only running until 2017 it was a great opportunity to see RuPaul hosting out of drag again.

Now he’s stepping in front of the camera again with Lingo.

What is Lingo?

Lingo is a game show that American audiences may already be familiar with.

First airing in 1987 Lingo went on to have two more revivals.

It was rebooted in 2002 – 2007 and a final time in 2011.

So what is it and why Rupaul?

Lingo has similar origins to the widely popular Wordle game that is currently being played across the world.

In fact, at first glance, one would be forgiven for thinking this may be where they drew their inspiration.

So why not take a thirty-five-year-old game show about words and reboot it with the worlds most famous drag queen?

It’s bound to be a recipe for success.

There’s no doubt Rupaul has charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent, it’s just the sort of energy they’ll need to keep this program buzzing.

Contestants will compete in teams of two in a series of fast-paced puzzle rounds.

Each round will require them to guess letters to attempt to reveal what would appear to be simple words.

At the end of the episode, two teams will proceed to the final round where the winning team will walk away with a cash prize.

RuPaul will also serve as executive producer on the program.

Watch an old episode of Lingo below.

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