In some kind of gay exchange program between the US and the UK, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy has a British edition called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy UK. Apparently, the first version of the British version was scrapped when the US version thought it was a cheap imitation that would hurt the Queer Eye brand. Reports popbitch.com:
All the gays except [fashion guy] Julian were replaced but the jury is still out on whether Britain’s catty five will have the same universal appeal as the brilliantly-cast American team. Still, there is one exciting feature about the UK line-up–interior designer Dane used to be a high-class hooker.
WOW’s London office took a look at the launch the other night. “I saw around two minutes at the very end and have already formed an opinion,” says Lindy Taylor, production manager. “No class. The girlfriend was a minger, and the guy actually mentioned he was trying to get laid, duh. I also don’t want to shag any of these guys–gay or not, why do they think straight women watch???” Good point and, excessive use of question marks or not, well said.
On a longer note, WOW’s associate producer in London, Johnni Javier, reviews the cast.
Personally, look-wise, I wouldn’t want to ‘do’ any of them, but then I’d only really want to do Jai & possibly Kyan from the US version. Personality-wise, they’re OK. I mean, I didn’t like Carson the first time I saw him. Julian, the Carson of the UK, is this wee-little guy who is camp as Christmas but already quite endearing. The way he takes his little mini dachshund Lulu everywhere helps.
Peyton, the shaved head American (Michael Stipes lookalike) food & drink guy, is more toned-down and comes over as just a nice guy and the most down to earth and straight-acting of the bunch. Jason, the culture one, has that young Corbin Bernsen look and is up for a laugh. Interesting that they chose an Australian for culture, ’cause we know that goes hand in hand.
Dane Bailey, also Australian, does the interiors and is the boring, no-personality. He probably comes over the most as having attitude. Funny, though, that in pop-bitch yesterday there was a posting that claimed he used to be a high-class hooker. Not sure about the ‘high-class’ but then let’s face it, it’s London and half the scene queens have done rent one time or another.
And Tristan Eves, the grooming guy, didn’t have much of a look-in, so didn’t really get much personality across on this one, so verdict still out on that one.
Ouch! Remind me not to go on television.