There’s the usual selection of soap types being mooted, notably Coronation Street’s Beverley Callard, and ex-EastEnders stars Shane Ritchie and Tamzin Outhwaite. Recent Albert Square alumnus Jessica Plummer is also hotly tipped. Her character, hairdresser Chantelle Atkins, was dramatically killed off two months ago, which could be handy timing.
Other names in the frame include (deep breath) operatic tenor Russell Watson, journalist Victoria Derbyshire, footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones, YouTuber Joe Sugg, Paralympic javelin champion Hollie Arnold, The Chase’s Jenny Ryan, Boyzone’s Keith Duffy, Radio 1 DJ Maya Jama, The One Show’s Matt Baker, former Strictly pro AJ Pritchard and Selling Sunset’s Christine Quinn.
Are Ant and Dec still presenting?
Cheeky Geordie chipmunks Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly will be at the helm as usual. The beloved duo have co-hosted the show for all but one of its 20 series.
McPartlin took a year off TV duties in 2018 to undergo rehab for addiction issues in the aftermath of his drink-driving conviction. Holly Willoughby deputised at Donnelly’s side, before McPartlin returned last year.
Meanwhile, spin-off show I’m a Celebrity: Extra Camp has been axed. Instead Vick Hope will present the latest behind-the-scenes news and gossip in I’m a Celebrity: the Daily Drop. Unlike its late-night predecessor, this will air on ITV2 and ITV Hub the next morning, rather than directly after the main show.
What happened last year?
Memorable contestants last year included athlete-turned-reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner (who coined catchphrase “Rise and shine, it’s another day to excel”), former footballer Ian Wright (who admitted he displayed “anger issues” during his grumpy stint) and rugby player James Haskell (who was accused of “bullying” campmate Andrew Maxwell).