Celebs put on poker face in new ITV2 panel show, Fake Reaction

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A host of celebrities and comedians will show off their ability to ‘fake it’ in ITV2’s brand new panel show, Fake Reaction, starting next month.
Fake Reaction, hosted by Matt Edmondson (Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records, Radio 1, T4), kicks off on ITV2 on Thursday 3 January and runs for eight weeks.
The show sees six contestants forced to hide their natural reaction in a series of hilarious and sometimes shocking challenges. Split into two teams, the celebs will put on their best poker face to undertake an array of unusual trials that will test all their senses. Can they fake their true reaction and fool the rest of the panel?
Every week, regular team captains Joe Swash (I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now, EastEnders) and Ellie Taylor (Snog Marry Avoid?, Show Me the Funny) will be joined in the studio by well-known celebrity guests including Kian Egan, Amy Childs, Jennifer Metcalfe, Ashley Roberts, Brian Dowling, Harry Judd and Sinitta, alongside comedians including Matt Crosby and Katherine Ryan.
The teams will face some truly outrageous games, with one contestant’s trial being a great deal more unpleasant than the others – but can the other team tell who is faking their reaction? Hiding their true feelings won’t be easy with games such as ‘Wax On, Wax Off’, where two contestants enjoy a heavenly foot massage while a third endures an excruciating leg wax; ‘Your Dancing’s Shocking’, where the faker must dance while receiving electric shocks to the legs; and ‘It’s Getting in Tents’, where one player tries to keep a straight face while sharing a small tent with a couple of large naturists.
Matt Edmondson said: “I am delighted to be in the hosting seat for Fake Reaction, not least of all because it has been a lifelong dream of mine to see Joe Swash see if he can fake his reaction to being shot in the arse with a paintball gun.
“I had a lot of fun filming the show, but then again I wasn't the one being electrocuted, waxed or forced to apply a 'pejazzle' to a Granddad's nether regions (although incidentally I did end up doing this once after purchasing a misjudged groupon offer). Trust me - once you've seen Brian Dowling being fed regurgitated worms from the mouth of a giant bird, you won't want to watch anything else ever again.”
Angela Jain, director of digital channels and acquisitions, ITV said: "Fake Reaction is a little bit silly, totally relatable to and a lot of fun. A bit like ITV2. We're looking forward to the show being on the channel."
Gary Chippington, head of entertainment for STV Productions, said: “Viewers won't have seen anything quite like Fake Reaction before and are in for plenty of laughs and a few shocks as our unsuspecting celebs take on some extraordinary games. This show definitely comes with a ‘don’t try this at home’ warning.”
Fake Reaction is produced by STV Productions. The format was developed with LA-based production company Kinetic Content. Fake Reaction is based partly on a Fuji TV game show format.
For further information, please contact the STV press office:
Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654