A new group of celebrities are ready for a gruelling three weeks in the Australian jungle for the new series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
Hosts Ant and Dec will return for the 19th series, viewers can expect the usual dreaded Bushtucker Trials, as well as a host of new surprises and challenges.
Meet the celebrity hopefuls who are braving the jungle for the crown.
Ian Wright MBE – Ex-footballer and broadcaster
Former England footballer and Arsenal legend Ian Wright will hope to inherit the I'm a Celebrity crown from his friend Harry Redknapp, last year’s King of the Jungle.
Wright will be hanging up his broadcasting boots and vacating his seat on Match of the Day for a demanding few weeks of Bushtucker trials.
When quizzed on his biggest phobias, Wrighty commented: “Some of those things [snakes, rats and creepy crawlies] will make me squirm but I will deal with them when I am in there!”
Indeed, Wright fears he will be dealing with his fair share due to cruel voting from Arsenal’s bitter North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur fans. He said: “It’s the Spurs fans opportunity to get me back! I’ve caused them so much heartache (in the past)!”
Nadine Coyle – Pop star
Nadine Coyle, who rose to fame with the noughties girl group Girls Aloud, will be hoping to trade ‘the sound of the underground’ for the coveted jungle crown.
The singer is hoping that the terrifying trials will help her regain the confidence she once had as a youngster. She commented: “I am scared of so many things. I used to be brave […] I think it is since I became a parent that I am much more afraid.”
The experience is sure to be outside Coyle’s comfort zone, as she’s admitted that she has never so much as lit a fire outside or boiled water on a fire, never mind slept under the stars.
Coyle admits her biggest phobias are heights, rats and snakes; three fears which, judging by the show’s history, are sure to be tested in the jungle.
Roman Kemp – Capital Radio DJ
Of all the phobias that will be tested in the jungle, radio DJ Roman Kemp’s fear is perhaps the most bizarre.
Rather than a crippling fear of spiders or cockroaches, Kemp is scared of…cotton wool.
Acknowledging this strange phobia, he commented: “Why am I scared? It’s the texture and sound of it. I can’t even talk about it without getting scared and I definitely can’t touch it!”
Kemp will be familiar to viewers through his prevalence in British reality TV, having appeared on the celebrity edition of First Dates as well as Celebrity Gogglebox alongside his father.
The radio DJ is hoping that his time in the jungle will help him escape the shadow of his famous father, Martin Kemp, the actor and singer best known as the bassist from 80s band Spandau Ballet. He said: “I am always referred to as Martin Kemp’s son so it would be nice for everyone to get to know me a bit better.”
A self-confessed ‘massive Arsenal fan’, Kemp will undoubtedly by thrilled to share the coming weeks with Ian Wright; perhaps these two could form the stand-out bromance of the series?
Caitlyn Jenner – Olympian and Reality TV star
Normally residing in the luxurious hills of Malibu, California, Caitlyn Jenner will be in for a lifestyle change when she enters the harsh surroundings of the Australian jungle.
Jenner is a retired gold-winning Olympic athlete, known more widely in recent years as a star in the ubiquitous reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians and parent to Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
Following the public announcement of her gender transition in 2015, Jenner has been named the most famous trans woman in the world.
Jenner suspects the biggest challenge in the jungle will be more personal than physical, as she fears it will be difficult living with celebrities she is unfamiliar with.
She said: “Dealing with other people is by far the hardest thing. It’s much more difficult than dealing with the most poisonous snakes in the world. That’s easy - just stay away from them!”
James Haskell – Ex England rugby player
Retired rugby player James Haskell has built a 17-year career around gruelling physical challenges. Having played for England, Wasps and Northampton, he is no stranger to performing under pressure.
With a height of 6 foot 4 inches, Haskell knows his ironman-like stature will create assumptions about his abilities to complete the trials, he admitted: “There will be an expectation that I will be good at challenges as maybe I look the part physically but I might be absolutely terrified!”
Haskell is remaining tight-lipped when it comes to his phobias so as not to provide the show's producers with ideas. However, due to his terrible poker face, he has said viewers will quickly find out what he’s truly frightened of.
Kate Garraway – TV and radio presenter
As one of the presenters of Good Morning Britain alongside Ben Shepherd, Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan, Kate Garraway hopes I’m a Celebrity will provide some much-needed light relief from the political quarrelling currently dominating the news cycle.
Garraway will surely relish the break from the exhausting world of current affairs as she joked: “This year’s thing [could be that] nobody is allowed to talk about Brexit”.
As for her biggest fears, she is terrified of spiders, heights and being in a box covered with snakes.
Whilst it’s likely that she’ll have to confront her phobias at some point in the jungle, something tells us she won’t meet her dream campmate in Australia, the 93-year-old reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
Garraway said: “I’d love the Queen to join us in the camp! She’s so strong and tough, she’d take no nonsense! […]. But I think she might be a bit busy.”
Myles Stephenson – member of boy band Rak-Su
Myles Stephenson rose to fame as part of Rak-Su, the boy band who became the first male group to win The X Factor back in 2017.
Since winning The X Factor, Rak-Su (short for “Tracks v. Suits”) have enjoyed two top 40 singles and have joined girl group Little Mix on tour.
As for camp life, the 28-year-old is keen to get stuck into the cooking side of life, rustling up what he can from the stark rations provided for his fellow celebrities.
As a huge fan of the show, Stephenson is particularly excited about meeting two of his childhood idols, Ant and Dec.
However, one person he won’t be meeting this time around is his dream campmate and fellow Watford boy, Elton John.
Instead, he has said he is willing to show off his singing talent if it will boost morale in the camp. He commented: “If I am in a good mood I will definitely sing one of my songs”.
Adele Roberts – Radio 1 DJ
Having described the only time she’s been camping as “the worst night of [her] life”, Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts is in for a tough ride sleeping out in the wild.
Roberts became famous after taking part in Big Brother back in 2002, so she is no stranger to being cut off from the outside world for the sake of reality TV.
For the past four years she’s been presenting Radio 1’s early morning show and will savour the time away from her usual 2am morning alarm.
However, she certainly won’t appreciate the copious amounts of giant spiders that will join her in her lie-ins. Roberts said: “I hate spiders. If I see one, I can’t speak, I freeze and I do this weird thing where I wring my hands together!”
Andrew Maxwell - Comedian
Irish stand-up comedian Andrew Maxwell has already firmed himself as a camp favourite after voluntarily offering up his toilet-cleaning services for the camp loo.
Maxwell has also said he’ll find some comfort in the chance to spend nearly a month free of travel when in the jungle, something that his job touring comedy venues up and down the country rarely allows for.
His touring lifestyle has prepared him for the food rationing aspect of the challenge, he said: “My whole adult life has been on the road. It means you miss out on meals, maybe even two, and you just have to soak it all up.”
Alongside his wife and children, Maxwell has confessed he’ll also miss football and beer.
Maxwell has already got some celebrity backing, with the likes of Dara Ó Briain (Mock the Week), Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd) and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz) tweeting their support for the comedian.
Jacqueline Jossa – Soap Star
Former EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa will be in for a challenge as she describes herself as “scared of everything – especially spiders”.
However, Jossa hopes to prove to people that she’s not a “pushover or doormat” by being a tough competitor in the jungle and confronting her fears.
She commented: “I think some people pity me. I want to show I am fine, I am up for a laugh and that I will go for it and try my best.”
As for her dream campmate, Jossa would love to see Jamie Oliver working his magic on the camp-fire cooker. With no such chef talent in the camp this year, she’s warned viewers that her self-confessed “hangry” side might emerge.
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! starts this Sunday at 9pm on ITV.