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Everyone has the power to make it REIGN!

In each episode presenter Josh Smith and his celebrity guests sit down for an unfiltered chat to show you that no matter what obstacles life throws at you, you can overcome them and Reign your own life!

These empowering and honest conversations show that we are all more similar than we are different, and hopefully they will make you feel less alone in your struggles, whatever they may be. So get your crowns at the ready, and prepare to be inspired!

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 115 Ratings

Everyone has the power to make it REIGN!

In each episode presenter Josh Smith and his celebrity guests sit down for an unfiltered chat to show you that no matter what obstacles life throws at you, you can overcome them and Reign your own life!

These empowering and honest conversations show that we are all more similar than we are different, and hopefully they will make you feel less alone in your struggles, whatever they may be. So get your crowns at the ready, and prepare to be inspired!

    Ep 32: Drag Race Finalist Krystal Versace

    Ep 32: Drag Race Finalist Krystal Versace

    Don’t say I don’t treat you to an audience with real life queens on this podcast because this week I have dropped three special episodes of Reign with the finalists of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK 2021! And for our final special episode we are joined by the fashion queen with the name to match, Krystal Versace!

    Krystal started doing drag at just 17 years-old, and now at still only 19, she finds herself as a finalist in Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK. And what a series it’s been for Krystal after multiple Ru Peter Badge wins and looks to make Naomi Campbell quake on the runway!

    In this episode Krystal opens up about the reverse ageism she has faced for being a queen at 19 and how the bullies who tormented her at school have ultimately empowered her to be the fierce queen who stands before us today. As someone who was bullied at school for my sexuality, so much of what Krystal said really stuck with me so if you are being bullied or have experienced bullying in your past I hope this episode helps you feel less alone, too.

    I really hope you continue to listen and find the power to Reign in your own lives, too. If you love this episode get in touch (follow me across social media @joshsmithhosts), I love hearing from you. Love, Josh xxx

    P.S Make sure you tune into the final of Ru Paul’s Drag Race this Thursday. May the best drag queen win!
    P.P.S Make sure you sashay to my Instagram page @joshsmithhosts to see the FIERCE look Krystal served while we recorded this episode.

    • 29 min
    Ep 31: Drag Race Finalist Ella Vaday

    Ep 31: Drag Race Finalist Ella Vaday

    (Drag) QUEENS your engines must be well and truly revved this week because I am dropping three special episodes with the finalists of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK 2021! And for our second helping of camp we are joined by the drag beast from the east, it's Ella Vaday.

    Ella Vaday is the desperate housewife of Dagenham and your local yummy mummy who was created by West End star Nick Collier just over two years ago after he featured in The Book of Morman and Wicked.

    Now Ella finds herself as a finalist in Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK after a snatch game playing the queen of the microwave Nigella Lawson and roasting judge Alan Carr like a Christmas turkey with her now infamous line, ‘Alan your teeth are so gappy it’s like your tongue is in prison.” On. The. Floor.

    In this episode amongst a heavy helping of ‘dirty, dirty dishes’ Ella opens up about how drag has allowed them to embrace their ‘feminine’ side after years of repressing it to appear more ‘masculine’ in order to be accepted and what drag has taught them about gender.

    I hope you love this episode as much as I did - I totally related to what Ella said about the pressures to ‘act’ masculine - and I really hope you continue to listen and find the power to Reign in your own lives, too. If you love this episode get in touch (follow me across social media @joshsmithhosts), I love hearing from you. Love, Josh xxx

    P.S Make sure you tune into the final of Ru Paul’s Drag Race this Thursday. May the best drag queen win!
    P.P.S Make sure you sashay to my Instagram page @joshsmithhosts to see the boobtastic look Ella served while we recorded this episode.

    • 24 min
    Ep 30: Drag Race Finalist Kitty Scott-Claus

    Ep 30: Drag Race Finalist Kitty Scott-Claus

    (Drag) QUEENS start your engines because I am dropping three special episodes with the finalists of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK 2021 today and we are starting with the queen of the huns, Kitty Scott-Claus! And this queen has a ‘alot alot’ of impressions SO get ready to hear the GC, Cilla Black and even a bit of Princess Diana. Honestly my face ached from laughing after recording this episode!

    Kitty’s drag journey kicked off when she was growing up in Birmingham, and after going to Drama School to study musical theatre she wasn’t interested in doing the ‘boy parts’ she wanted to be sassy with the costumes to match! Cue a career playing a pantomime dame up and down the country before Kitty met fellow Drag Race alumni, Cheryl Hole and was invited to be part of their drag group, Gals Aloud.

    Now Kitty finds herself as a finalist in Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK after a snatch game playing Gemma Collins, winning the ‘Fugly but Fashionable’ runway and as a girl band goddess she has even got to perform in front of the likes of Emma Bunton, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and got to meet Steps (minus her heroine Lisa Scott Lee)!

    In amongst a LOT of laughter in this episode Kitty opens up about how drag has helped her mental health, changed her relationship with herself and asks WHY is everyone so interested in her body image! Why shouldn’t she be the body confident queen she is?!?

    I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did - and laugh along the way too - and I really hope you continue to listen and find the power to Reign in your own lives, too. If you loved this podcast, get in touch (follow me across social media @joshsmithhosts), I love hearing from you. Love, Josh xxx

    P.S Make sure you tune into the final of Ru Paul’s Drag Race this Thursday - may the best drag queen win!
    P.P.S Make sure you sashay to my Instagram page @joshsmithhosts to see the high hair and high end look Kitty served while we recorded this episode.

    • 27 min
    Ep 29: Melanie C

    Ep 29: Melanie C

    People of the world! Spice Up Your Life! Because Melanie C is the today's guest on Reign! We celebrate 25 years of the Spice Girls, and I think I have been her number one fan for that long! I can still remember my playground Spice Girls renditions with my other four spices - unfortunately I didn’t quite have the vocal range.

    The Spice Girls not only sold over 100 million records worldwide with they huge hits, but in a world where men still dominated our culture - especially in music - their message of ‘Girl Power’ taught an entire generation about feminism and kicked the patriachy in the balls - right where it needed it!

    Melanie went on to have a hugely successful solo career with bangers like I Turn To You, Never Be the Same Again, and When You’re Gone with Bryan Adams, selling 23 million records in the process. 2021 saw Melanie hitting the top ten with her self-titled album, showing that after three decades in the music business she is showing no signs of stopping, thank you very much!

    After recently appearing on Dancing With The Stars in the USA, Melanie joins me for a chat that has tears, laughter and a whole lot more. We talk about the sexism that Spice Girls dealt with during their career, the allegations surrounding Melanie’s sexuality after she cut her hair short when launching her solo career, and just how classy a night out with the Spice Girls was. Plot spoiler it involved a lot of cheap alcohol - that’s our kinda gals!

    Melanie also opens up about the body image issues that have affected her life and how her mental health left her contemplating whether life would be easier if she wasn’t around.

    PLUS get ready to join our campaign because Melanie reveals that Glastonbury would be the ONE event that would get all five of the Spice Girls back together. Get those placards and those wellies and let’s make this happen queens!

    I hope you love this episode as much as I do - it’s a real honour to be joined by such an ICON and I really hope you continue to listen and find the power to Reign in your own lives, too. If you love this episode get in touch (follow me across social media @joshsmithhosts), I love hearing from you. Love, Josh xxx

    P.S If you have been affected or would like more information about the issues raised in this podcast please visit anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk or mind.org.uk

    • 54 min
    Ep 28: Joanne Froggatt

    Ep 28: Joanne Froggatt

    Liar, Downton Abbey and Angela Black star, Joanne Froggatt joins me for this episode of Reign!

    Is there a TV show we haven’t been obsessed with which stars Joanne? The answer is NO! Since her breakout role playing the troubled teen Zoe in Coronation Street back in the late 90s, Joanne has become one of the most in demand TV actresses.

    The game changer in her career? Starring as Anna in Downton Abbey for six seasons and two movies, which made her a Golden Globe award winner and three-time Emmy nominee for her heartbreaking portrayal of the servant who is a victim of rape.

    Joanne went on to star in the TV thriller that EVERYONE talked about: Liar, which followed her character, Laura who goes on a blind date with Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd) and after being the victim of assault is not believed. If you haven’t watched it already, what ensues is not only edge of your seat drama but a close look at the way we approach victims of sexual assault in our society.

    From the same writers behind Liar, Joanne takes on the title role in a new ITV drama, Angela Black. It’s the story of a woman who looks like she has everything, but her huge house is in fact a prison, where she suffers domestic abuse. It’s a brutal portrayal of domestic violence that will, like the rest of Joanne’s roles, have everyone talking.

    In this episode Joanne talks about the harrowing accounts of domestic violence she heard whilst preparing for the role and how she looks after her own mental health whilst taking on such demanding roles.

    She also calls BS on the sexist questions people continuously ask women about age, when they are going to have children, and as a society we still judge women on ‘how their ovaries are doing’ - to quote Joanne herself. Isn’t it time we just minded our own business?!

    I really hope you continue to listen and find the power to Reign in your own lives, too. If you love this episode get in touch (follow me across social media @joshsmithhosts), I love hearing from you. Love, Josh xxx

    P.S If you have been affected or would like more information about the issues raised in this podcast please visit womensaid.org.uk.

    • 39 min
    Ep 27: Ellie Goulding

    Ep 27: Ellie Goulding

    Get ready to have Ellie Goulding’s vast array of bangers stuck in your head because the pop queen herself joins me for the latest episode of Reign!

    Ellie first burst onto the music scene back in 2009 and since then she’s released such hits as Burn, How Long Will I Love You and Love me Like You Do, which hit the number one spot in 70 countries. And because we love FACTS on this podcast - strap yourself in for more - Ellie has also secured three UK number one singles, three UK number one albums, sold 15 million albums and 102 million singles worldwide, AND has the most entrances on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by a female British solo artist this century. She’s been booked and she’s been busy, our Ellie.

    But achieving so much in the public eye can have it’s downsides as we talk about the mental health impact Ellie’s career has had - at different stages it left her ‘chasing extremes’ - and how away from the stage she's learnt to change the relationship she had with herself. Something we can all learn a lot from, and something Ellie also talks about in her new wellness book, Fitter, Calmer, Stronger - which, just like this episode - is full of epic advice. It even includes a HANGOVER CURE. FINALLY!

    One relationship that has certainly changed Ellie’s life is the one with her husband, which Ellie gets candid about. Ellie got married to Caspar Jopling in 2019 and in May this year gave birth to their son, Arthur. In this episode we also talk about how motherhood has affected her relationship with her body image.

    I really hope you continue to listen and find the power to Reign in your own lives, too. If you love this episode get in touch (follow me across social media @joshsmithhosts), I love hearing from you. Love, Josh xxx

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

soph andrews ,

josh i think you’re a bloody icon

you are such a kind genuine soul and extremely funny never fails to make me smile and laugh! i love your podcasts so so much ❤️❤️❤️

BREATHINGBOCA_ ,

The best

Truly such a joy to listen to, Josh is such a polite interviewer & never asks overly invasive questions so you can tell the guests are always relaxed. Most celebrities hate interviews but josh provides an environment where we all just feel like we’re on a night out with him & his bestie. The best ever - keep going Josh you’re doing amazing things <3

6867547546643352243 ,

KJT you star!

Josh you never fail to ask the most interesting and unique questions! What a babe, a true expert at what you do. KJT is just incredible, coming from a sporting background myself I can really relate to her and it’s so lovely to see her shine!!

Get Jodie Comer on here ASAP! x

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