I’m A Celebrity official full line-up: Louise Minchin and Richard Madeley lead stars
I’m A Celeb: Ant and Dec react to this year’s celebrity line-up
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I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! returns to ITV on Sunday and fans will be introduced to the new lineup. Ahead of the show’s premiere, the network released official details of who will be fighting for king or queen of the castle. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about who is in the 2021 lineup.
Who are the I’m A Celeb contestants?
Louise Minchin is best known for being one of the long-running hosts of BBC Breakfast.
The star stepped down from her role earlier this year and viewers have been curious to know about her next venture.
The broadcaster has a passion for sport and she should fare well in the physical challenges.
However, her biggest fears are small, enclosed spaces – especially those with creepy crawlies at large.
She said she hoped her former co-star, Dan Walker, would vote for her to take part in plenty of trials as it was the most exciting part.
On what she hopes to bring to the team, she said: “I really hate conflicts too and I will try to be the diplomat in the Castle.
“But a lack of sleep won’t be an issue for me. I am a champion sleeper and I can sleep anywhere at any time!”
Matty Lee is an Olympic gold medallist who specialises in diving.
Lee and fellow diver Tom Daley won bronze in the 10m synchro event, as well as gold in July 2021 at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
He is likely to perform well in the physical challenges, but there is plenty this star is afraid of.
He has a fear of rats and may not cope well when it comes to meeting the other inhabitants at the castle.
The sporting star is not looking forward to swapping his cosy bed for a camp bed.
He said: “I am really looking forward to the Trials and also, to be around different people will be fun too.
“I am used to just being around athletes. I think I will definitely freak out at rats and I know I will scream.”
Snoochie Shy is a Radio 1Xtra DJ and TV personality who is very nervous about heading to Wales.
The star is scared of bugs, heights and is claustrophobic, which indicates she may have a tough time with the challenges.
She is known for being a bubbly presenter but when thrown out of her comfort zone, she admitted she can be shy.
The 29-year-old said she was looking forward to teaching her other campmates how to ‘twerk’.
She added: “I think my shy side might come out and I might be quite shy in the first couple of days but I also will definitely be a team player.
“I want to show everyone how to twerk too!”
TV presenter and journalist Richard Madeley is known for hosting morning shows such as Good Morning Britain.
Alongside his wife Judy Finnigan, he also presented the chat show, Richard and Judy.
The star has been teasing his latest venture on GMB and will be pleased now the cat is officially out of the bag.
He is keen to get stuck in with plenty of trials but admitted he was a little scared of heights.
He had been asked to join the show for years and reflecting on why he finally agreed to sign up, he said: “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.
“It suddenly hit me that everyone talks about it the next day and I suddenly wondered what it would be like to be there rather than watching. I realised the time had come to experience it.”
Dame Arlene Phillips
Arlene Phillips is best known for being one of the judges on the Strictly Come Dancing panel.
The choreographer and theatre director has made I’m A Celeb history by being the oldest contestant in the series.
She said some of her family had reservations about her taking part in the gruelling show.
However, she was excited to get her hands dirty and play her part in the group.
She said: “Spiders, all those things you find on I’m A Celebrity – I don’t like them but I have this great fantasy that I can put myself in a place that will deal with it all.”
Shahid Khan, better known by his stage name Naughty Boy, is a DJ and record producer.
The 36-year-old was due to take part in last year’s series but had to pull out due to a family illness.
He was replaced by Radio 1 star Jordan North, who went on to reach the final three.
The musician has opened up about his fear of confined spaces and heights.
He said: “Nothing in the Castle is likeable though! But 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 is a parasport athlete specialising in sprint and cycling events.
She has just been crowned the winner of Celebrity MasterChef, standing in good stead for another victory.
The 30-year-old sportswoman and TV presenter became the first British Paralympian to win golds in multiple sports at the same Games at the Summer Paralympics, since 1984.
She will definitely not be letting her multiple sclerosis (MS) stand in the way of the challenges.
The star said: “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 but I think going into the Castle is going to be far harder mentally.”
David Ginola is a former footballer who is also known for his acting and modelling roles.
The French forward moved to Newcastle United in the English Premier League in July 1995.
The 54-year-old’s name has not been mentioned as part of the rumours so far, so his latest venture came as a surprise for fans.
He is keeping quiet when it comes to divulging his biggest fears, but he said it would be tough leaving his family behind.
David said: “I am going to miss my baby girl. I have been sharing her life every day since she was born and it’s not just me. It is also about her missing her dad for a long time.
“That feeling is going to be difficult.”
Frankie Bridge is known for being part of the pop group The Saturdays, and S Club Juniors.
Over the years she has taken on more presenting roles for television, taking a seat on the Loose Women panel.
The star’s name has come up as one of the favourites to win the series this year.
William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “We’ve already seen huge interest in our I’m A Celebrity outright market and, having backed their fancy to win the show, punters are now switching their attention to the first stomach-churning, terrifying trials, and who will be first to walk back across the drawbridge.
“We were more than happy to oblige, with Frankie Bridge doubling up as favourite to win both the show, and face the first public-voted trial. The unenviable tag of first to be eliminated looks, for now at least, to be reserved for Naughty Boy.
“It’s another step towards the hit show returning to our screens and the excitement continues to build.”
Danny Miller is a British actor best known for playing Aaron Dingle in the ITV soap, Emmerdale.
He has won various awards for the role and the 30-year-old is now prepared to take on a new, very different venture.
The father-of-one said he is dreading the eating trials, which are the highlight of the series.
He explained: “I am sh*t scared of the eating Trials! I can’t even brush my teeth without being sick and I am dreading it if my gagging reflexes start.
“But that said, it won’t stop me doing the Trials!”
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! stars on ITV on Sunday at 9pm
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