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Sunday 19th January 2020

Zoe Ball and ex-husband warn son over new stint on The Circle

They have also been "supportive"

The son of Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two presenter Zoe Ball and Fatboy Slim has been warned by his parents to watch what he says on The Circle.

Zoe and her DJ ex-husband - whose real name is Norman Cook - have given their 18-year-old lad Woody some advice as he prepares to compete for £100,000 on the second series of the game show.

My parents do know I'm doing the show and they are supportive.
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congratulations to my clever rave monkey boy wonder @woody_cook on his amazing A Level Results & his place at Bristol Uni. Proudest Mama-lady today. 💗 #bhasvic #bristoluni

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He told the Daily Star newspaper: "My parents do know I'm doing the show and they are supportive. They have given me a lot to think about from past experiences, and advice.

"They said that what you say on TV is out there forever and you can't unsay it and that once you share too much you never unshare it."

The Circle is based around a reality setting in which contestants each live alone in an apartment and can only interact with each other via The Circle, a social media-type chat system, in a bid to become the most popular person and win £100,000.

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First vote with Pa 🗳(He wanted a feature on my instagram)

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Former Big Brother presenter Emma Willis will host the show, and the 43-year-old star admitted the programme is perhaps not as naughty as Big Brother because the contestants don't meet face to face.

She explained in an interview for Channel 4: "It is PG. But there are certain conversations that might happen that I wouldn't want my 10 year old to be watching! She probably needs to be a little bit older for this.

"What's brilliant to watch is seeing if people go in with one objective and that is to win the money and then does their conscience kick in?

"Are they're like, 'I literally can't do this, I'm lying to them and I can't do this anymore.' Then they might switch again and remember it's for a hundred grand."

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"It's for the money that, to an extent, drives that decision. It's like 'Big Brother' in the sense you can go in thinking, 'I can do this, I can win this money.'"

The Circle returns on Thursday (26.09.19) at 10pm on Channel 4.

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