I’m A Celebrity All Stars: First nine campmates CONFIRMED for South African spin-off with Helen Flanagan, Carol Vorderman, Amir Khan and Janice Dickinson leading the way ahead of series launch next month
The first nine celebrities taking part in the all-stars spin-off of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! have been revealed.
Show hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly made the announcement during this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Takeaway.
Former Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan, 32, television presenter Carol Vorderman, 62, former boxer Amir Khan, 36, and model Janice Dickinson, 68, are all taking part in the pre-recorded version of the show which was filmed in South Africa.
They will be joined by the late Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell, 64, Diversity dancer Jordan Banjo, 30, Happy Mondays star Shaun Ryder, 60, retired javelin thrower Fatima Whitbread, 62, and Phil Tufnell, 56.
More stars will be announced in due course, with the series set to air at the end of next month.
Comback! The first nine celebrities taking part in the all-stars spin-off of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! have been revealed
Coming soon: Show hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly made the announcement during this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Takeaway, with Helen Flanagan taking part
In the jungle: Carol Vorderman is also set to return after entertaining viewers with her flirty banter and jungle showers during the 2016 series
The new series sees the return of some of the most memorable campmates from I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! in the brand new setting of South Africa.
The challenges will be bigger and tougher and the environment harsher and more unforgiving than the usual Australian jungle.
With no public vote, they will be competing against each other in a battle to become the first ever I’m A Celebrity Legend.
Ant said: ‘It’s a question we always get asked…who would you bring back to the jungle?
‘So to get this opportunity to make a brand new show in South Africa and put some of our previous campmates through their paces again was the dream.’
Dec added: ‘It’s bigger and wilder than we could have hoped for so viewers are in for a real treat!’
Former soap actress Helen, who appeared on the 12th series in 2012, entertained viewers the first time around.
Helen reportedly annoyed producers and even hosts Ant and Dec by quitting numerous challenges without even giving them a try, causing tension in the camp as the celebrities went without food for nearly 10 days.
Ready for action: Supermodel Janice Dickinson, who appeared on the seventh series in 2007, said: ‘I’m coming back for more fun… and to see if I can get along with everyone’
Throwback: Janice was a fan favourite coming in second place during 2007’s series, despite being branded ‘vile’ by her fellow campmates
Experience: Boxing champ Amir Khan, who took part in the 17th series, said: ‘[I’m A Celeb] helped me overcome my phobia of spiders and snakes. It also made me tougher as a person’
Wow: Helen entertained viewers when she appeared on the show in 2012, often stripping down to her bikini for the jungle shower (Helen pictured in 2012)
In the jungle: Carol is set to return after entertaining viewers with her flirty banter and jungle showers during the 2016 series
Big news: The news was revealed by I’m A Celebrity hosts Ant and Dec during this weekend’s Saturday Night Takeaway
She said of her return to the show: ‘I am not saying I am going to go in and be a jungle warrior and be absolutely amazing because I will not.
‘Yes I will be scared but I will have a go and I will be a lot better than last time!’
Former Countdown star Carol came eight in place during 2016’s series lasting 18 days in the Australian jungle alongside winner Scarlett Moffatt after entertaining viewers with her flirty banter and jungle showers.
Carol said of her return: ‘Doing I’m A Celebrity changed me a lot and I can’t wait to take part in this new series.
‘I loved everything about I’m A Celebrity [the first time round].’
She added: ‘We’ve still got a WhatsApp group!’
Meanwhile, boxing champion Amir, who originally took part in the 17th series in 2017, said: ‘[I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!] helped me overcome my phobia of spiders and snakes.
‘It also made me tougher as a person and I’m determined this time not to be soft when it comes to the Trials!’
While Diversity Dancer & Radio DJ Jordan, who took part in the 16th series in 2016, said: ‘How many people get the chance to do it twice? A series with different campmates from over the years sounds pretty cool and my fellow Diversity dancers are excited to see me suffer again!’
Battle of the egos? Athlete Fatima Whitbread said: ‘I learnt a lot about myself in the Australian camp and I know there will be some life size characters and life size egos in South Africa too!’
Re-run: Ex-England Cricketer Phil, who won the second series in 2003, said: ‘I am one of the lucky few to have gone in the jungle and experienced it all and that’s what appealed’
Winner: Question of Sport star Phil was crowned as King of the Jungle back in 2003, beating footballer Josh Fashanu and designer Linda Barker to the coveted title
Challenges: Music Legend Shaun, who finisher runner-up on the 10th series in 2010, said: ‘All I can remember about the Trials is eating a lot of penises, testicles and eyeballs!’
Looking forward: Dancer Jordan, who took part in 2016, said his Diversity co-stars are looking forward to seeing him suffer again
Trials: Producers are hoping that Diversity star Jordan Banjo will bring plenty of banter and lots of energy to the show in 2023 (Jordan pictured on the show in 2016)
Supermodel Janice, who appeared on the seventh series in 2007, said: ‘I’m coming back for more fun, more camaraderie and to see if I can get along with everyone,’ adding: ‘You never know what’s going to jump up and bite your ass.’
Fatima Whitbread entered the jungle in 2011, and came in third place, with viewers crowing McFly’s Dougie Poynter the winner.
The sportswoman unfortunately got a cockroach up her nose while taking part in a challenge on the show and decided to keep the creature after it was retrieved.
She said of her show comeback: ‘I learnt a lot about myself in the Australian camp and I know there will be some life size characters and life size egos in South Africa too! But what a great experience it is going to be.’
Former Royal Butler Paul, who finished runner-up on the fourth series in 2004, said: ‘I loved doing it the first time around and to be asked again is very special. It’s like coming into the final of the jungle Olympics.
‘I had to eat kangaroo testicles in Australia and I am expecting everything to be bigger in South Africa.’
Facing his fears: Former royal butler Paul Burrell said: ‘I had to eat kangaroo testicles in Australia and I am expecting everything to be bigger in South Africa’
Hilarious: Royal butler Paul Burrell, who was a confidante of Princess Diana’s, first appeared on the show in 2004
Ex-England Cricketer Phil, who won the second series in 2003, said: ‘I am one of the lucky few to have gone in the jungle and experienced it all and that’s what appealed to me when they phoned up to ask me to take part again. I said yes immediately.’
Music Legend Shaun, who finisher runner-up on the 10th series in 2010, said: ‘All I can remember about the Trials is eating a lot of penises, testicles and eyeballs!’
He added: ‘I could have stayed another year in Australia. I loved living outside in the camp and I had a proper laugh with my fellow celebrities. I know going to South Africa will be a great adventure. I can’t wait to do it.’
Saturday Night Takeaway bosses gave viewers a first look at the upcoming spin-off series of I’m A Celebrity, with the stars seen walking through a barren landscape.
They were also seen competing in their usual terrifying challenges such as leaping off a cliff from a great height.
Distraught: In a first look at the I’m A Celebrity spin-off, Carol looks troubled as she takes part in one of the notorious challenges
Troubles: Paul was known for struggling with the Bushtucker Trials during his series and it looks as though history have have repeated itself
Chowing down: Jordan looked unimpressed as he gobbled on some creepy crawlies during filming for the new series
Pushing their limits: The stars will be seen battling it out for food in the jungle as they compete in various challenges
All stars: (L-R) Shaun Ryder, Helen Flanagan, Phil Tufnell, Jordan Banjo, Carol Vorderman, Paul Burrell, Amir Khan, Janice Dickinson and Fatima Whitbread have been announced
Viewers will see a group of 15 soap stars, reality TV personalities and sporting icons enter the camp.
A source previously told The Sun: ‘It’s a different format to Australia, who knows when and where celebrities will enter camp, literally anything could happen.
‘It’s not clear how many will start in camp or how many will be there by the end when one is crowned King or Queen of the jungle, possibly for a second time.
‘It’s the best of I’m A Celebrity, quite literally, but there’s some twists and surprises along the way for viewers and campers so it’s not going to be as straightforward as they might think.’
Big return: The all-stars spin-off series is set to air on ITV at the end of April, it was revealed during Saturday Night Takeaway this weekend
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