Loose Women spin-off Loose Men returns and confirms lineup including Strictly legend and I’m A Celeb winner

Virgin Radio

15 May 2024, 09:45

Credit: Rex

With Loose Men set to return to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, the all-male panel has been announced.

The show returns to ITV for an episode this week, and will see Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton Du Beke make his debut. The judge and professional dancer will be joined by EastEnders star Joe Swash and Jordan Banjo from Diversity on a panel hosted by Vernon Kay.

Speaking about his first appearance on Loose Men, Anton said in a statement: “I am delighted to be joining the Loose Men panel for the first time. It’s good to talk and what better time to do so than during Mental Health Awareness Week!”

Joe Swash, who is also making his first appearance on Loose Men, said: “I’ve absolutely loved being a guest on Loose Women over the years and now can't wait for the chance to join Vernon, Anton and Jordan on the panel. We all know how important it is to talk but also, how important it is to see other people opening up on these things, so bring it on Loose Men!"

Jordan Banjo said: “I always have a wicked time on Loose Men and it’s an opportunity to spread the positive message that men need to talk too! Last time I was on, we won a RTS Award - which to me is obviously a massive honour but also encouragement that shows like this are needed and really are doing something positive. So, I can’t wait to be back on with the rest of the guys.” 

Meanwhile, Vernon Kay said: “I’m delighted to be back hosting another Loose Men special. We get such a great reaction every time we do one and with it being Mental Health Awareness Week, it’s great to provide a forum for men to have an open conversation about their mental health and remind us all that it’s good to talk.”

Loose Men will air on Friday 17th May at 12.30pm on ITV1.

At Virgin Radio, we are committed to improving the wellbeing of our audience wherever possible. Whilst we ourselves are not Mental Health experts or qualified to directly assist those in need, we have compiled useful resources to help point you in the right direction, should you need help, at virginradio.co.uk/mentalhealth.