I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Line up for 2011 revealed
The ten personalities past and present to appear in this years I’m A celebrity have been announced by ITV today.
“Leaving their plush pads and luxuries far behind, our celebrity campers will spend up to three weeks taking on the harsh surroundings of the Australian jungle, and facing a host of nasty surprises created just for them.” The channel’s press office say.
The line up this year features Hart to Hart actress Stefanie Powers, The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright, The Real Hustle face Jessica Jane Clement, comedy legend Freddie Starr; Benidorm actress Crissy Rock, racing hero Willie Carson OBE, Coronation Street regular Antony Cotton, sporting hero Fatima Whitbread MBE, McFly hunk Dougie Poynter and actress Lorraine Chase.
- Freddie Starr may have made millions laugh over the years, but he also has another famous claim to fame –as the man at the centre of one of Britain’s legendary newspaper stories claiming he had eaten a hamster for lunch.
But the 68 year old, who was first discovered on Opportunity Knocks in the early 1970’s, is adamant he won’t be tucking into any live animals when he enters the jungle.
“I am looking forward to this experience. It’s going to be a challenge and it’s a great show. I think Ant and Dec are very professional. They make me laugh. They work so well together….” Says Freddie.
- Dougie Poynter as one of the members of pop group McFly, he may have thousands of girls screaming at him but Dougie Poynter definitely won’t be flirting with other women in the jungle because he’s just taken himself off the singles market.
The Bass player says he is not looking for another girlfriend he reveals. “I am seeing someone. I am definitely not single. It’s tricky though as we haven’t really discussed it. We have been friends for a while you see.”
Dougie is keen to stress that he sees the jungle experience as very much a great challenge – and he is adamant it definitely will not be leading to other TV work or the break-up of McFly given another of his band mates, Harry, is currently strutting around a ballroom dance floor.
- Benidorm star Crissy Rock reckons going in the celebrity jungle is the best diet you could ever hope to go on. Laughing, the TV actress – famous for her role as Janey York in the hit ITV comedy Benidorm and as Maggie Conlan in Ladybird, Ladybird – says she will be over the moon if she ends up losing a few pounds.
Crissy admits she was so excited when she heard she’d definitely be going on I’m A Celebrity, she couldn’t stop screaming with delight. “I am a big fan of the show,” she admits. “For me landing a place in the jungle is like the Oscars. I feel like I have already won by getting in. Anything else is a bonus.
“I will always remember the day I found out because it was on the same day as what would have been my mum’s birthday. I always buy a card for both my mum and my dad, who is also dead, on their birthdays and so getting a place felt like it was her birthday present to me.”
- Stefanie Powers, the American star, best known for her role in the 1980s’ global TV hit Hart to Hart, is also an international speaker on wildlife preservation who doesn’t have any terrible phobias.
She may be a famous, glamorous Hollywood actress, but it’s her recent battle against lung cancer that Stefanie Powers views as one of her proudest achievements. And it’s her fight against the terrible disease that is the reason why she is taking part in this year’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
“I want to show others who are going through, or will go through what I have, that you can resume an active life. This is a wonderful opportunity to show there is life after cancer – and the benefits of good detection early on. I am not only a survivor of cancer, but I am now going to try and survive I’m A Celebrity!”
- Mark Wright of The Only Way is Essex explains he jumped at the chance to take part in the celebrity jungle because he feels now is the time for new challenges.
“I feel I have gone as far as I can in TOWIE for the time being. It’s been an amazing platform for me and I have loved every moment of it. I will miss everyone and the whole experience but when I was asked if I wanted to do the jungle, I really wanted to take the opportunity.
“I am really excited about doing it. It’s a great new challenge for me and I hope people will see me other than just the guy off TOWIE.” He says.
- Antony Cotton will certainly find out in this show if he’s as popular as his ITV bosses think (And internet forums think otherwise), is he in line for a long list of bush tucker trials? We’ll have to wait and see. The Coronation Street star has undergone therapy and hypnotherapy sessions to help him conquer his fears in the jungle.
“I have a morbid fear of flying. I don’t like heights and I am claustrophobic. I have had hypnotherapy and I have also been to therapy to face my fears. The therapy was amazing even though in the days leading up to going in the jungle, I did have moments where I wondered why on earth I had said yes! But life is to live and so I think ‘why not do it.’
“Doing this show is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am hoping it will make me face up to my fears.” He said.
- Lorraine Chase landing a place in the jungle feels like fate she thinks. After turning 60 earlier this year, admits she was desperately looking for a new challenge to give her life a push in a different direction.
The model and TV actress, who first shot to fame in the 1970s as the star of the Campari adverts and who went on to star in a variety of TV dramas including Emmerdale says that ever since she celebrated the landmark birthday in July, she has been looking to stretch herself more.
“When I got the call, it felt like a blessing. I had been toying with the idea of a boot camp and this seemed a very fortuitous thing to be offered it.
“It’s not something I would normally do and I think people in the business will be shocked when they see that I am. I am really excited about the challenges ahead.” She said.
- Willie Carson OBE as a five times’ British champion jockey, he is one of the country’s racing legends, but Willie Carson admits his street credibility will be even higher when he enters the jungle. Smiling, the popular jockey – who during his distinguished career won 17 British classic races –reveals his grandchildren are huge fans of the hit reality TV show and he hopes they will be over the moon when they see him camp outside with his fellow celebrities.
“The grandchildren are massive fans,” he confides. “The street cred is going to get lifted when they find out I am doing this! I know they will be excited. I have watched the show in the past, but not religiously.
“I am determined to really enjoy my experience in the jungle.” He says.
- Jessica-Jane Clement is a former glamour model who has posed for Playboy in her past, but Real Hustle star Jessica-Jane Clement will definitely be warding off any male admirers after getting engaged to her boyfriend days before entering the jungle. The pretty model and TV star, who has been showing viewers how to avoid getting conned for six years, admits it’s going to be tough being separated from her new fiancé, hairdresser Lee Stafford.
“I do like having a laugh and I love pampering. I am sure I will be trying out some DIY make-up on the other girls!” She says.
Yet whilst some celebrities think the jungle is a great diet, Jessica-Jane reckons she will actually put on weight. “The food doesn’t bother me,” she admits. “I have never been a massive eater. In fact I will probably put on weight with all the rice and beans! I will have never eaten so much rice in my life! This experience is going to be so exciting. I can’t wait…”
- Fatima Whitbread MBE is a former Javelin World Champion who reckons taking part in the ITV show will be as hard as training for a big sports event. The 50-year-old sportswoman – who broke the world javelin record in the 1986 European Championships and went on to be crowned World Champion a year later – is under no illusion that the experience will be a very difficult one, but she says she is ready for the challenge.
“I was involved in international sport for a long time and I made a lot of sacrifices. But those days were a long time ago now and I’ve been in my comfort zone. This is going to be tough and I think the boredom levels will be hard.
“I am an avid watcher of the show and it’s easy to watch it in the comfort of your own home. I am not sure what it’s going to be like bedded in the jungle – but I will give it my best shot!” she says.
I’m a Celebrity will run on ITV and ITV2 as usual and the main series will be fronted by Ant and Dec.