The brand-new cast of celebrities heading for grim challenges in Gwrych Castle in North Wales have been announced by ITV.
Looking to be crowned King or Queen of the castle, the celebrities will undertake gruelling trials and exhilarating challenges to win food and treats, with Ant & Dec helming the hosting duties once again.
The ten celebrities taking part in this year's series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! are:
Olympic Gold medallist Matty Lee wowed viewers in the 10 metre synchronised diving at the Tokyo Olympics this summer alongside his diving partner Tom Daley. Having achieved one of his childhood dreams, the 23-year-old is ready to complete another by taking part in I’m a Celeb. He says: “I trained for the Olympics and knew what to expect. “I haven’t eaten animal do da before and so it is going to be tough!”
Broadcaster Louise Minchin spent 20 years working on the famous red sofa of BBC Breakfast as a news host alongside the likes of Dan Walker. Having watched the last series of I’m A Celeb from her own sofa with a broken ankle, she’s ready to get stuck into the trials, so long as they don’t involve enclosed spaces with cockroaches and spiders.
French footballing legend David Ginola will be reunited with superfans of his old club Newcastle United when he meets Ant and Dec at the Welsh castle. Thanks to endless lockdowns, Ginola isn’t too worried about being locked away for up to six weeks with only rice and beans to eat. He jokes: “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!”
Radio 1Xtra DJ Snoochie Shy is a self-described ‘scaredy cat’, particularly when it comes to bugs, heights and enclosed spaces, so she’s sure to be put through her paces in the Welsh castle. She’s already started weaning herself off the calories in preparation for the camps sparse meals, and, much like her DJ name, she admits to being a little shy when she’s pushed out of her comfort zone.
TV presenter and journalist Richard Madeley is ready to bring his interviewing skills from his years on Good Morning Britain and This Morning to the camp to find out more about his fellow campmates. While he’ll have to survive for a few weeks without his wife Judy and his children, news junkie Madeley admits he’s also going to miss finding out what is happening in the world. He says: “My withdrawal symptoms are going to be about not knowing what the hell is going on! I feel I will be a bit jumpy at first.”
Dame Arlene Phillips
Dancing Dame Arlene Phillips is set to be the oldest ever I’m A Celebrity contestant at 78 years old, but she says it won’t matter one bit when she’s in the castle. Having worked in showbiz her whole life in the theatre and on our TV screens as a Strictly judge, she’s ready to show the world the motherly side that only her family has seen by taking on the mum role in the camp.
Music producer Naughty Boy has had hits with pop megastars like Beyoncé and Sam Smith, and he believes his background working with artists in the studio will stand him in good stead when collaborating with his fellow campers. While he admits he’s scared of confined spaces and heights, he says he’s ready to dive headfirst into the trials: “I am looking forward to taking part in the trials only because if we get the stars, it is good for everyone. I am looking forward to doing something heroic for everyone in the camp.”
Kadeena Cox MBE
Four-time Paralympic gold champion Kadeena Cox delighted spectators as she defended her cycling titles in Tokyo this summer, but the athlete readily admits that going on I’m A Celeb will be the toughest mental challenge she’s faced yet. With a fear of rats, spiders, snakes, and heights, she’s sure to be thrown out of her comfort zone. On taking part in the trials, she says: “I am hoping the athlete in me will want to do it for the team and just get through that tough moment. I will scream afterwards!”
Popstar and presenter Frankie Bridge, formally of The Saturdays, is ready to bust the myth that all singers lead glamorous lifestyles when she gets stuck into the nitty gritty of camp life. With her husband Wayne Bridge having taken part in the show in 2016, Bridge will have a special insight into what to expect, but nothing will prepare her for any gruesome tasks involving ghastly food. She jokes: “I am a fussy eater and I have a bit of a phobia of ketchup, so a pint of penis terrifies me!”
Emmerdale star Danny Miller hopes he can show viewers what he is like in real life: a guy up for a laugh rather than his crying soap character Aaron Dingle. As for his role in the camp, Miller is prepared to offer a shoulder for any of his struggling campmates to cry on. Having to digest disgusting delicacies will be the hardest part. “I am sh*t scared of the eating trials!” he laughs. “I can’t even brush my teeth without being sick and I am dreading it if my gagging reflexes start.”
Celebs, Castle, ♾ creepy crawlies
— ITV (@ITV) November 16, 2021