ITV’s smash-hit show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is soon to be making it’s long-anticipated return and that means only one thing…
A brand-new host of big name celebs will be trying their hand at a series of gruesome and grisly bushtucker trials with the hope of bagging some nutritious meals for their fellow camp mates!
This year’s line up will once again venture to Abergele’s historical Gwrych Castle, where they will be met by legendary BAFTA-winning Geordie duo Ant and Dec.
But who will be taking to our screens this year? Find out here with an exclusive low down of what I’m A Celebrity viewers can expect from this year’s series…
1. LOUISE MINCHIN
Broadcaster and former BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin hopes to show off her adventurous side as she is the first celeb confirmed to be venturing to the famous North Wales castle for this year’s series.
Admitting her concerns about not being up-to-date with the latest headlines, 53-year-old endurance sport lover Louise has said: “For me to not know what is going on in the news is going to be extraordinary.
“Not having access to the phone and not constantly scrolling, looking at everything is a difficult thing to let go of but I am also actually looking forward to it.”
Phobias: “The idea of small, enclosed spaces with cockroaches and spiders is horrific!”
Role in the camp: “I will give out hugs and make the food more edible.”
What I’ll miss the most: “My comfortable bed and lovely bath.”
Dream campers: “Angelina Jolie and Daniel Craig.”
Louise, who departed from the iconic red sofa last years after almost two decades on the job, also predicted that her friend and Breakfast colleague Dan Walker would be voting for her to take part in all of the daunting challenges.
“I didn’t tell Dan Walker I was doing I’m A Celebrity before coming to Wales but I don’t think he will be surprised! He knows me well and I think he will be both excited and nervous for me.
“I have been voting for him on Strictly so fingers crossed he will vote for me a lot.”
2. MATTY LEE
Since securing an Olympic Gold Medal at this year’s games in Tokyo alongside Tom Daley, Team GB diver Matty Lee has opted for a change of scenery, swapping the swimming pool for the Welsh countryside as he joins the 2021 line-up.
23-year-old Leeds lad Matty described taking part in his favourite television show as “the cherry on the cake”.
Phobias: “I don’t like rats.”
Role in the camp: “I don’t mind helping out with cleaning!”
What I’ll miss the most: “My bed.”
Dream campers: “Ed Sheeran and Will Smith.”
“Everyone knows who Tom Daley is,” Matty explained. “But people don’t necessarily know who I am.
“Without each other, we would never have achieved what we have achieved. He always gives me credit where it is due and I also do too.
“He is really happy for me to grow as an individual and I think it is a chance for people to get to know me better.”
3. SNOOCHIE SHY
Radio 1Extra’s Snoochie Shy will be following in the footsteps of her fellow DJ and last year’s I’m A Celeb runner-up Jordan North, as she is set to join the 2021 star studded celeb line-up.
The 29-year-old world-renowned musician revealed that the coffin-style bushtucker trials are those that she would likely struggle the most in: “That trial is my big fear.
“I’ve seen bugs go up people’s noses before and I am scared bugs are going to go up my private parts!”
Phobias: “Bugs, heights and I’m claustrophobic!”
Role in the camp: “I love twerking on a Friday night and I’m going to teach everyone how to do it in the Castle!”
What I’ll miss the most: “My cat and lip gloss.”
Dream campers: “Jim Carrey and Big Narstie.”
Snoochie also opened up about anxieties to go au naturale in the castle, as it will be the first time that her facial birthmark is visible.
She explained: “People other than my family don’t know I have a birthmark on the right side of my cheek and so it will be the first time I am letting people know I have one.
“It has been an insecurity of mine in the past but I am also excited to face up to it.”
4) RICHARD MADELEY
Television legend and ‘real life Alan Partridge’, the one and only Richard Madeley has also be confirmed to be taking part in the upcoming series.
After years of being asked to take part in the multi-award winning show, the iconic former journalist and current Good Morning Britain host explained why now is the right time to join the I’m A Celeb camp.
“Up until now, I’ve always been perfectly happy watching as a viewer but recently, I realised I’m A Celebrity is no longer just a TV programme. It’s become part of the fabric of British life and part of the countdown to Christmas.”
Phobias: “Heights – I’m not sure how I will feel if I have to walk across a plank very high up!”
Role in the camp: “Cook and interviewer. I love finding out about people’s lives.”
What I’ll miss the most: “Aside from Judy and my family, not knowing what is happening in the news. I am a news junkie!”
Dream campers: “The late Jimmy Reaves. I would have loved to chat about goal scoring in the Castle with him.”
The 65-year-old king of controversy himself has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind.
He revealed: “I certainly don’t worry about what people think.
“If you are in the public eye and you start worrying about how people will see you, you end up going mad!”
5. DAME ARLENE PHILLIPS, DBE
At an impressive 78 years of age, former Strictly Come Dancing judge Dame Arlene Phillips is the oldest contestant in I’m A Celeb history to take part in the show.
The legendary choreographer and theatre writer believes that fellow dance floor judge Craig Revel-Horwood will have a thing or two to say when he finds out she’s heading to Gwrych Castle.
““Craig will say ‘Darling, are you mad?!’
“I still can’t believe I am doing it either but I love and admire everybody who has done the show, I admire their bravery and I have spoken to so many people who have done it.”
Phobias: “I am hoping I will overcome my fears to take part in the Trials!”
Role in the camp: “Mum, and to organise some fun dance routines.”
What I’ll miss the most: “My notepad and pencil – I am known for always having to write down ideas.”
Dream campers: “Giovanni Fletcher – she is such a lovely, warm person.”
Phillips, who has two grown-up daughters, explained: “I think people don’t see the motherly side of me.
“Everyone is going to be younger and if anyone wants to talk to someone or share things with them, then they can with me.”
6. NAUGHTY BOY
Music producer Shahid Khan, better known as Naughty Boy, is hoping to mix things up in the Castle this year as he’s also set to join the line-up of big names.
With plenty of smash-hit collaborations under his belt, including with Beyonce, Sam Smith, Wiley and Emeli Sande, the Watford-born DJ seeks to represent the best of the music industry during his time on the show.
“I would love to see more musicians go into the Castle this series, Sir Elton John would be incredible if he were to go in!
“We (musicians) are more equipped than people think as we spend such a lot of time in the studio.”
Phobias: “Confined spaces and heights, but I want to give the trials a go to bring back some stars.”
Role in the camp: “Castle chef and someone who everyone can confide in.”
What I’ll miss the most: “My mum – I live with her and it’s going to be hard being away from her.”
Dream campers: “Sir Elton John would be amazing.”
The three-time BRIT award nominee also disclosed that he hopes to use the I’m A Celeb platform to raise awareness of dementia, something that his mother suffers from.
“I think it is important for people like myself to create awareness about it,” he explained. “Dementia UK needs constant funding, and I am going to miss Mum the most whilst I am away in the Castle.”
7. KADEENA COX MBE
Athletics champion Kadeena Cox is also set to swap the gold medals for the gold stars this year as she will attempt to bag meals for her fellow campers.
The four-time Paralympic gold medallist believes that entering the Castle this November might be one of the toughest things she’s ever done.
“As a Paralympian, you are always trying to get that one per cent extra all the time and defending my title earlier this year in Tokyo was the hardest thing I have ever had to do,” explained 30-year-old Kadeena, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2014.
“But I think going into the Castle is going to be far harder mentally.”
Phobias: “Snakes, rats, spiders, heights – everything!”
Role in the camp: “Chef – so long as there isn’t too much pressure to make the food interesting!”
What I’ll miss the most: “TikTok, my mum and dog.”
Dream campers: “Thierry Henry –I love watching Arsenal play.
“If I were to win I’m A Celebrity as a disabled person,” she added. “And show that I can overcome things, then I think that would be a great thing to show that people with all disabilities can do things”.
8. DAVID GINOLA
French former footballing legend David Ginola has admitted he’s thrilled to be reuniting with some very special Newcastle United fans – Ant and Dec!
“I know the Geordies! I’ve met Ant and Dec before and I know they are big massive fans of Newcastle United. When you play for the club (like I did), all of the fans are amazing and very faithful.”
The 54-year-old former France, Newcastle, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton professional revealed that he is used to restricting his diet, meaning he’ll certainly survive on the infamous I’m A Celeb diet.
“Rice and beans is perfect for me as I have put on six kilos over the past three months and I think it will be interesting to see if I can lose six kilos in three weeks!”
Phobias: “I am going to tell you when I am in the Castle!”
Role in the camp: “Chef. I enjoy cooking at home and I will be hoping to add some garlic and rosemary to the food.”
What I’ll miss the most: “My partner and my little girl. It’s going to be tough.”
After being asked whether he will be sharing some stories of being a world class football player with his camp mates, the father-of-three joked: “I will tell them stories of my life and they will fall asleep! I will be the ghost of the Castle!”
9. FRANKIE BRIDGE
Loose Women panellist and S Club Junior and The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge has also been confirmed to join the 2021 series.
The 32-year-old pop star and presenter, who has previously spoken publicly about her fear of tomato ketchup, has understandably admitted she will struggle the most with the eating trials.
“I am a fussy eater and I have a bit of a phobia of ketchup, so a pint of penis terrifies me! Any of the eating challenges will be my idea of hell.”
Phobias: “Spiders, rats and confined spaces scare me.”
Role in the camp: “The serial hugger.”
What I’ll miss the most: “Wayne and my boys.”
Dream campers: “Larry Lamb or a father figure type!”
Frankie’s husband Wayne Bridge took part in the infamous series in 2016. The mum-of-two disclosed: “Ever since Wayne took part, he has been desperate for me to do it too and he can’t wait to watch me squirm and scream!
“My kids are still quite young, and they still think I am quite cool – so there is a very small window for them to watch it and not be embarrassed! I feel now is the time.”
10. DANNY MILLER
Soap icon Danny Miller has played Emmerdale’s much-loved Aaron Livesy since he joined the show in 2008, but now it seems he’ll be swapping Yorkshire for Abergele this winter as he joins the I’m A Celeb line-up.
30-year-old Danny, who recently became a father for the first time, admitted that leaving his fiancee Steph and his newborn baby at home was a tough decision, but that he couldn’t turn down the opportunity of a lifetime.
He explained: “We were due to start IVF earlier this year and that would have meant the baby would have been due next March, so it wouldn’t have mattered. But then a miracle happened and Steph fell pregnant (without IVF).
“I knew my baby would only be about a month old when I went into the Castle. I was worried about leaving the baby with Steph on her own but she is a midwife and I know our baby will be in perfect hands.”
Phobias: “I am absolutely dreading the eating trials! I fear I will gag!”
Role in the camp: “A shoulder to cry on and a person everyone can come to if they have a problem.”
What I’ll miss the most: “My fiancee, Steph, and our new baby.”
Dream campers: “Fred Sirieixor any ex football player. I won’t be able to leave them alone asking lots of questions!”
He added: “I’m A Celebrity is the biggest show in the country and I want to show people what I am like as Danny rather than as Aaron. It will be nice for people to see me not crying but having a laugh!”
WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS YEAR’S SERIES?
The I’m A Celebrity App: As usual, the campfire will be continuing off-screen as fans can be treated to non-stop digital coverage across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.
The app gives you all the latest news and gossip whilst letting you play along with the action and vote for free, deciding the fate of this year’s contestants.
Download the ultimate companion to I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! for free from iTunes or Google Play stores.
The brand new I’m A Celebrity Jungle Challenge is now open at Manchester’s Media City, where you can be transported into the heart of the Jungle to navigate a series of fun-filled physical challenges, inspired by the hit ITV series.
Scale The Ascent, over 8m of vertical rock climb, reach up to head-spinning heights by racing across the Treetop Trail, scramble nets and swing across the Jungle Run, take a leap of faith on Get a Grip and sail through the trees on a Zipline, all as part of timed Trials!
Find out more at www.imacelebrityjunglechallenge.co.uk.
Tombola, the UK’s biggest bingo service is sponsoring I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! for a fifth year running, after creating a series of idents featuring several animated bugs which originally set in the Jungle along with the celebs playing tombola arcade games on the celebs’ phones.
Last series, they were accidentally shipped to Wales along with the set!
This year, they remain in Wales with additional bug characters joining the cast! As the show unfolds, tombola will respond in real time on Facebook to using the bug characters with #tombolabugs.
Tombola arcade have over £850k of prizes to be won during the series including ‘Bug Match’ a free to play game where £250,000 of cash prizes from £5 to £10,000 will be won.
I’m a Celebrity 2021 will begin this Sunday (21 November) from 9pm to 10.40pm.