I’m A Celebrity is set to return to our screens this autumn and we can hardly wait. With Holly Willoughby set to be the new co-presenter alongside Declan Donelly, things are going to be shaken up and will certainly be a series to remember.
Last year, Made in Chelsea‘s Georgia Toffolo became Queen of the Jungle and she has since gone on to have a hugely successful career in TV.
After winning in 2017, she told Ant and Dec: “I don’t know what to say. Obviously, I didn’t think anyone would like me, never mind… sorry, I’m really taken aback. Thank you so much, I don’t know what to say, I’m really shocked!”
So, who will be going ‘Down-Under’ this year? Here are some potential contestants that could be joining the line-up:
12. Conor McGregor
Irish UFC fighter, Conor McGregor has become one of the hot favourites to be joining this year’s line-up. McGregor gained an incredible amount of attention when he was given a suspension from the sport after getting a little too boisterous in a fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
11. Rita Simon
Rita Simon played the role of feisty Roxy Mitchell in Eastenders but has also starred in ITV’s London’s Burning.
Her character was tragically killed off the BBC 1 soap two years ago and we haven’t seen much of Rita since.
A source said: “Rita was one of the most recognisable faces in soap before her character was tragically axed. She is yet to venture into the world of reality TV so it will be a massive coup for ITV to secure her.”
10. Lucy Fallon
Coronation Street actress Lucy Fallon has also been tipped as one of this year’s campmates. Lucy is no stranger to reality shows and has shown interest in the past. Discussing the venture, she said: “I like to challenge myself and that’s the most challenging show you can do.”
9. Anne Hegerty
The Chase‘s Anne Hegerty a.k.a The Governess was once seen as a bit of a standoffish character, but upon appearing on ITV shows such as This Morning and Loose Women, she’s shown a far more human side to her nature and fans love her. ITV bosses have claimed her to be a ‘natural choice’ for the show.
8. Fleur East
If you were a keen viewer of the X Factor back in 2014, you’re bound to remember Fleur East, who came as the runner-up on the show back in 2014. We haven’t seen much of her since therefore ITV bosses are keen to secure her and give her an extra boost to her career.
An insider told The Sun: “Fleur was one of the most loved X Factor contestants in recent years, so she is bound to be a hit with audiences.
“She’s part of the ITV family. The relationship is already there and they are just negotiating a deal at the moment.”
7. Emily Atack
Emily Atack is best-known for her role as Charlotte Hinchcliffe in The Inbetweeners. She most recently starred in Dad’s Army alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bill Nighly.
Again, we haven’t seen much of Emily in recent years, but she’s no stranger to reality TV after she took part in the 2010 series of Dancing on Ice.
An insider told The Sun: “I’m A Celeb approached Emily a while ago and she jumped at the chance. She is fed up of doing indie movies and wants some stability in the UK with a big telly gig with lots of coverage.”
6. Kieran Hayler
Katie Price’s former hubby Kieran Hayler has been rumoured to be joining this year’s line-up. An interesting choice to make one may suggest, as Katie first met Peter Andre here and returned a few years later for a second stint. You’d think he’d want to make a name for himself off his own back without constantly being reminded of Katie, wouldn’t you?
A source said: “He’s been in contact with the show’s bosses and has been bragging to his mates about being in this series. Kieran wants to show the public he’s a real bloke and isn’t scared of the challenges.”
5. Alexandra Cane
Remember Alex’s on-off love interest on this year’s series of Love Island? Well, brunette beauty Alexandra Cane may just be one of this year’s campmates. She has made herself very well-known to producers and claimed that she would be excited to be given the opportunity to appear in the show.
In an interview with The Metro, she said: “I know I’m A Celeb don’t like Love Island people but I’m determined! I will go on that show because I love everything they get involved in. Something, where you’re doing challenges or you’re active or you have to rehearse.
“I love a bit of danger. I love snakes and I don’t mind spiders so I think I’d be really good on the show. I’d win everyone meals in the camp. Lara Croft vibes!”
4. Catherine Tyldesley
Catherine plays the role of Eva on Coronation Street, however, when bookies found out she would be leaving the soap soon, they tipped her as a potential campmate for this year’s series.
A Coral spokesperson said: Rumours over her next career move went into overdrive after she spoke about her relatives in Australia and her desire to spend some time there. We think it’s all building up to a perfect match with a stint in the jungle. ‘Should she go down under we think she’d prove extremely popular on the show and would certainly make her one of the favourites.’
3. Coleen Nolan
Loose Women star Coleen Nolan may set her sights on the jungle this year after she decided to take a back seat on the panel and dwindle out of the spotlight after a spat with How Clean is Your House star, Kim Woodburn. The two fell out on Celebrity Big Brother last year, therefore Coleen knows exactly what to expect if she were to join another reality show.
A spokesperson from Ladbrokes said: “Her CBB rival Kim Woodburn finished runner-up down under nine years ago, but Coleen will be looking to go one better this year if she decides to enter I’m a Celeb.”
2. Brendan Cole
Brendan Cole has a little bit more free time on his hands after his departure from Strictly Come Dancing last year, therefore we may see him making an appearance in I’m A Celeb. While it may not be to everyone’s taste, it’s certain that Brendan is a competitor and what better way to take on a challenge than in the jungle?
Talking to The Daily Star on his life after his dramatic Strictly exit, Brendan said: “Doors come along and you open them and you choose to walk a different path. I have never had from July 31 until Christmas off. I have never been able to take on any other responsibilities, not even the odd corporate job because your time is devoted to Strictly.
“Now that time is all of a sudden free, all of the things I wanted to do is now available.”
1. Tony Bellew
35-year-old amateur boxer, Tony Bellew is another star tipped to appear this year. The star also made in his name as a film actor in 2015 in a small role, in the film, Creed which is part of the Rocky Franchise.
Social media reactions:
“I’m putting this out there “Love Island Stars” are not celebrities”
“Going downhill fast, the term celebrity is sinking to all-time lows. None are celebrities in my view”
“They say this every year and it always is filled with a few Americans and reality stars.”