Ru Paul’s Drag Race star Courtney Act is being ‘sent to Coventry’ - and she can’t wait!
The popular drag queen takes to the stage at the city’s Rialto Reborn venue on Saturday 25 August to present her touring show, Under The Covers.
Courtney first shot to fame after appearing on Australian Idol 15 years ago. Her first audition for the show, in her real-life identity of Shane Jenek, was rejected by the judges. But when Shane returned as drag persona Courtney, he wowed the crowds and made it all the way to the semi-finals.
Courtney has since reached the ‘final three’ in Ru Paul’s Drag Race (season six) and earlier this year won Celebrity Big Brother.
Commenting on her forthcoming appearance in the Midlands, Courtney said: “I first heard of Coventry during my time on Celebrity Big Brother, when my housemate, India Willoughby, said ‘The house has sent me to Coventry’ - and now I’ll actually be performing there! I’m very excited to meet the fans in Coventry. The show is packed full of great songs that the audience will know and love, lots of wonderful costumes, funny stories and, of course, me!”
Despite lip-syncing being prominent on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Courtney prefers to use her powerful singing voice during her live performances.
“This tour is mostly focused on songs that people might not know were actually covers from other artists - such as Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You - but I’ve added my own spin to them as well. The songs work well in intimate venues, which is why Rialto Reborn is the perfect place for me to perform, meaning that I can connect with the audience. The pantomime culture of the UK means that fans here are never afraid to get involved in the show. There’s always lots of applause and singing along to the songs, which makes the atmosphere of the entire show so much better. For my live shows to be successful, it’s actually 51 per cent down to my performance and 49 per cent about the reaction of the audience.”
Once her Under The Covers tour is completed, Courtney will begin working on her new Channel Four late-night variety chat show.
“There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work to be done for my new show, but it’ll be a lot of fun to start working on. Before that, I’m excited to be embarking on my first solo tour, and I can’t wait to perform in Coventry and meet all the fans there. I hope they’ll enjoy watching the show as much as I’ll enjoy performing it.”
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