The Grand Tour is mixing things up a bit this year, but we already knew that. It was announced a while back that The Grand Tour would not be touring at all this year, with the studio tent instead loitering in a field near Clarkson's house in The Cotswolds. It's also just been revealed that the celebrity aspect has been changed as well.
The celebrity segment will be a duo feature, called Celebrity Face Off. It involves two celebrities who are connected 'in some way' racing one another around whichever race track The Grand Tour is using this year.
If you blocked out the first series' celebrity segment, I don't blame you. Celebrity Brain Crash always went like this:
- Clarkson announces celebrity
- We see clip of Celebrity doing celebrity thing
- Celebrity 'dies' in the background in a very stupid and dumb way
- James May says, "Does that mean they're not coming on then?
- Hammond shouts at May for being stupid.
Rumour is that the BBC didn't want The Grand Tour having a celebrity driving segment, because it was too much like Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. So The Grand Tour killed them in a joke that was overdone before the first episode had even finished. It wasn't very well received, which is presumably why it was changed this year.
The first episode will feature The Hoff and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson. Both are singers, and both of them have worked as talent show judges (America's Got Talent and The Voice UK, respectively). Other guests confirmed by Amazon are Luke Evans, Kiefer Sutherland, Hugh Bonneville, Kevin Pietersen, Dominic Cooper, Dynamo, Rory Mcllroy, Michael Ball, and Alfie Boe.
As for why there are no women announced to guest star on the show, who can be sure. But knowing the three presenters, I would speculate that it has something to do with literal dick-measuring contests. But since Amazon has only announced 11 celebrities so far, which would only fill a celebrity slot on five and a half episodes, I can only assume that more guests will be announced later. Maybe some of them won't be dudes.
The Grand Tour starts next Friday on Amazon Prime Video, and you can be sure that we'll be watching to see what mischief the trio of presenters get up to. Here's hoping they've sacked the American this year, and found a test driver that doesn't talk. [Jalopnik]