‘I Kissed a Girl’ has Lover Girls and Fire Breathers, Buckle Up Britain

Meet the Cast of BBC’s Queer Reality Dating Show “I Kissed a Girl”

The cast of BBC's 'I Kissed a Girl' (a variety of sapphics in different races, ages, gender presentations, and body sizes)

As you may have heard, I Kissed a Girl is BBC Three’s new reality dating show, featuring 10 queer, lesbian, and bisexual women who apparently are matched up and have to kiss upon meeting. At least, to start. I guess more girls will show up as the season goes on. But also some will be eliminated by way of a “Kiss-Off.” I’ll confess now: I’m not a reality show person. I sometimes make my friends tell me the difference between Love is Blind and The Circle, but I don’t retain it. So don’t ask me exactly how this show works, but I will tell you a bit about the first 10 love-seekers. I’m not going to break down all ten in detail — RadioTimes took care of that and Autostraddle’s British correspondent Sally will have more details for you soon — but I did want to highlight some of my favorite parts of this article.

Right off the bat, the first girl on this list, Cara’s job caught my eye. “Job: Support worker / Aesthetics.” Unless this is a British-ism I just don’t understand, it feels purposefully vague like someone trying to fluff up a resume. This could mean anything! My first instinct, because of “aesthetics,” was “social media influencer,” but I feel like she would have just said that, as it’s a perfectly respectable way to make money these days. So upon further contemplation, I think maybe she works the counter at Sephora. Georgia is the oldest of the girls at 28, but she’s a professional footballer so I doubt that will be a problem for her. I’m not a sports person either but even I know that soccer is gay catnip. Other highlights include: at least one girl already blaming astrology for her behavior, a masc woman of color, a drummer, one woman who says she wants to find a princess and one who says she wants to be treated like one, a self-professed “lover-girl,” and a literal fire breather. One thing’s for sure, this show will not be boring.

I can’t say I’ll be using my VPN to tune into this show, but I do look forward to reading about the messy details on Twitter and right here on Autostraddle dot come.

More Doses of Reality

+ Reneé Rapp and Towa Bird went to a NWSL game looking cute and gay

+ The Legend of Vox Machina season three will come to Prime this fall

+ NBC showed a four-minute extended look at Wicked at upfronts

+ Heartbreak High was renewed for a third and final season, which tracks because they’ll be Seniors next season, but I will miss those little weirdos

+ Special Ops: Lioness was also renewed, which I thought was a miniseries but go off I guess

+ The Bear‘s third season starring “Irish” queer icon Ayo Edebiri drops June 27th

+ I’m including this because I have a personal belief that Kathryn Hahn is bisexual: they changed the name of the Agatha-centric Wandavision spinoff…again; it’s now Agatha: The Lying Witch with the Great Wardrobe

+ Heartstopper‘s season 3 teaser features a new Billie Eilish song from her upcoming album

+ Queer fans boycotted Eurovision

+ The Chi was renewed for a seventh season

+ Allison Ellwood’s documentary Let the Canary Sing celebrates Cyndi Lauper’s LGBTQ+ activism

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Valerie Anne

Just a TV-loving, Twitter-addicted nerd who loves reading, watching, and writing about stories. One part Kara Danvers, two parts Waverly Earp, a dash of Cosima and an extra helping of my own brand of weirdo.

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  1. “ + Queer fans boycotted Eurovision for banning ceasefire symbols”

    This is lazy inaccurate journalism for a site that has been pretty good on Palestine so far! Queer fans boycotted Eurovision because Palestinian organisers asked them to after the European Broadcasting Union refused to eliminate Israel from the competition despite its ongoing genocide! Different thing!

    Also “aesthetics” is medical beauty treatments, in this instance I would assume it means this girl gives people lip filler or whatever

    • I was quoting from the article directly, but you’re right that it was just one small part of the boycott, so I removed it.

      And good to know, I’ve never heard that term before, but now that you say that, here we call them “aestheticians” so I should have been able to make that leap. Thank you!

  2. I’m so happy ‘Heartbreak High’ was renewed, it’s so chaotic.

    The fact that they jumped with two feet in on this Agatha show because it became a meme for fifteen minutes is astounding, I think most people have already forgotten what it was about.

    • Updated! Turns out I’ve been pronouncing her name one syllable shorter in my head this whole time. I had even checked to make sure it was Ede not Edi and yet somehow that extra “i” evaded me. Thank you!

  3. Normally I don’t care about any reality TV but I Kissed A Girl has me by the throat. I am invested!

    I saw an article that collected the names of the Agatha Harkness show has gone through and it seems like they are referencing other shows and movies. This one is the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Agnes of Westview was a spoof on Mare of Easttown, the Darkhold Diaries for the Princess Diaries. Use the same fonts and everything. Hoping that means it’ll be weirdly meta like Wandavision!

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