I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here is just a week away and we’ve finally been given a first look at this year’s contestants in their full gear.
With all of the cast having been rumoured ahead of the show’s launch, there were little surprises, with Sir Mo Farah leading the all-star cast… and consider us officially hyped!
Unfortunately for these guys, there is very little glitz and glam to look forward to ahead of their adventure, as coronavirus has forced the show creators to trade in the Australian jungle for Gwyrch Castle in Wales.
The five-star hotel they get put up in ahead of their stay? Now a £9.50 a night caravan park with a mandatory two-week quarantine.
That killer tan they were due to get while in the jungle? Nope, this time they’re wrapped up in puffy thermals ahead of warnings temperatures could drop to below freezing.
But hey, at least they have delicacies of… tripe and pig’s trotters to look forward to?
Yeesh. Good luck guys. Here’s your first look at the stars.
Sir Mo Farah CBE
Sir Mo Farah may be one of the biggest UK names to agree to take on the challenge – after apparently loving watching the show every year.
The Olympic icon will now be looking to add a new title of King Of The (Haunted) Castle to his impressive resume that includes four Olympic medals and a knighthood.
It’s the star’s first foray into reality television, so we’re guessing he’s going to make it count.
‘I’m already a knight, so in that castle, I’m going to fit right in!,’ he laughed.
Beverley, 63, was first connected to the series all the way back in April – when we weren’t even 100% sure that the team would be able to film at all.
She’s best known for playing Liz McDonald on Coronation Street, having first appeared on the series in 1984, before taking on the loudmouth pint-puller five years later.
She announced her decision to leave the ITV soap last year, with boss Iain McLeod saying he wanted her exit to be a dramatic one.
He told Metro.co.uk: ‘We want it to be big and heroic and befitting of a character of that long-standing in the show and she’s a tough woman Liz McDonald so we wanted to do something that was reflective of that rather than anything where she sort of goes out on a low ebb.’
In October, it was reported that EastEnders’ Jessica Plummer was joining the cast of I’m A Celebrity, following a harrowing storyline on the show tracking extended periods of domestic abuse for her character, Chantelle.
The 28-year-old recently spoke out about the importance of the storyline, which, unfortunately, ended in her death at the hands of husband Gray Atkins.
‘I really hope I never have to say, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, but I am definitely going to be pushed to my limit,’ she said.
‘That first moment walking into camp, I will be so nervous,’ he told the cameras. ‘This is the one show that I watched as a child I’ve always wanted to do. This is like the dream come true!’
After a shock exit from Strictly earlier this year, despite being announced as part of the professional line-up, AJ hasn’t got off to the greatest of starts on I’m a Celebrity – after testing positive for coronavirus ahead of launch day.
News of his Covid-positive test broke on Sunday, and now it’s fingers crossed for him to be clear in time to enter the castle.
An ITV spokesperson said in a statement: ‘We can confirm that one member of the cast has received a positive covid result and that individual is self isolating where we are giving them all the support that they need.
‘I’m A Celebrity has robust health and safety measures and protocols in place in order to operate safely within Covid-19 guidelines.’
Giovanna – married to McFly’s Tom Fletcher – is never afraid of a challenge, managing to juggling being a mum-of-three, a podcaster and a bestselling author, often uploading to her YouTube channel to boot.
Gi’s Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast has been widely praised for its blunt talk on motherhood, with The Duchess of Cambridge among those who have spoken to her.
‘Are we inside the castle? If we’re inside the castle at any time, that might be scarier than just being out in our camp!,’ she laughed.
Nobody tell her about the ghosts…
Shane Richie is best known for playing Alfie Moon on EastEnders, but is trading in the East End for North Wales this winter.
He has reportedly been wanted on the line-up for years, but has finally committed after panto season, on which he’s a regular face, dried up this Christmas due to coronavirus.
‘What’s the worst that could happen?!’ he said. ‘Am I scared… nah.’
However, he said that he once only lasted two hours in a tent because he was too cold… so we reckon his biggest challenge is getting over the day-to-day life in the camp!
Hollie Arnold MBE
Paralympian Hollie Arnold MBE was busted as a member of the line-up after she was photographed attending what appeared to be a promotional photoshoot for the show.
Hollie, 26, became the youngest athlete to ever compete in the Paralympics or the Olympics in 2008, competing in the category F46 javelin aged just 14.
Four years ago, she won gold at the Summer Paralympics in Rio, while also achieving a new world record in her field.
‘I never, ever could’ve passed this up,’ she said. ‘I think a lot of my friends and family are going to be like “I can’t believe she didn’t tell me! Absolutely fuming.”‘
Vernon is best known for presenting television shows including All Star Family Fortunes and Beat the Star.
He’s been married to Strictly Come Dancing co-host Tess Daly since 2003.
After being sought-after for years, it’s been reported that he cashed in on a £250,000 pay day in order to take part in this year’s series.
After her BBC series was axed earlier this year, Victoria has maintained her position as a news reporter, but now is trading that in to report live from rural Wales.
The team are said to have snapped her up as she’s ‘game for a challenge’.
‘It’s been a crazy challenging year. I want to do something different,’ she told the cameras. ‘I’m up for an adventure, and this is it.’
Jordan, 30, is as weekend host on BBC Radio One, taking on the afternoon 11am to 1pm slot every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
He’s also sometimes known as the ‘supply teacher’ for frequently covering fellow presenters Scott Mills and Nick Grimshaw.
‘I’m scared of flying, I’m scared of snakes, I don’t like rats’ he said. ‘I’m claustrophobic, and I’m not very good in the cold either!’
However, he added that he was ‘sure he’d be alright’ because, more than anything, his mum needs a new kitchen.
In March 2018, Jordan launched a podcast Help I Sexted My Boss, which he runs alongside his friend William Hanson, an etiquette expert.
I’m A Celebrity starts November 15 at 9pm on ITV.
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