Whilst there have been rumours and speculation about this year’s campmates for ‘I’m A Celebrity’ over the last few weeks, bosses have confirmed that the first celebrity to take part in this year’s line-up has landed in Austrailia.
However, fans have been left wondering who the mystery celeb is!
Photographed pulling a suitcase through Brisbane airport, the celebrity set to join the jungle was dressed fairly low-key; wearing a knitted hat and sunglasses to mask their appearance.
Can’t wait to watch 12 celebrities sit around a camp site arguing for 3 weeks whilst they’re forced to eat nasty animals #ImACeleb
— Ashley Oliver (@ashollie02) November 6, 2017
Despite the speculation over the identity of the individual, reports have revealed that the first confirmed celebrity entering the jungle this year is YouTuber, Jack Maynard.
Jack, who is the brother of singer Conor Maynard aimed to shy away from cameras as he was snapped by paps through the airport. It’s been said that the star will be residing in a hotel to eat, drink and relax before making his way to the camp on 19th November.
Whilst many fans of the ITV show may be unaware of Jack’s popularity, the 22-year-old has over 1.1 million subscribers on his YouTube channel; and also may be following in his brother’s footsteps. The duo recently released a music video of their new single.
Now that one celeb has definitely been signed-up, fans have been left speculating who will be joining him in the camp. Rumours are surely set to continue for the next 9 days. The line-up is set to include a whole list of TV and media stars; many of which we’re bound to recognise.
For those who think Jack Maynard is not a celebrity… he’s a youtuber with over 1.3 million subscribers, he’s done presenting & just released two singles with his brother?? #ImACeleb
— owen (@TheOwenChild) November 8, 2017
Whilst TOWIE legend and recent ‘meme’ star Gemma Collins was said to be on the hot-list for the upcoming series, a source connected to to the show made a particular claim that has left fans disappointed: “Gemma isn’t returning to the jungle this year. ” they said. “She considered the opportunity but it isn’t what she’s looking for at the moment.”
Boxer Amir Khan was reported to have been asked to join this year’s series, however, turned down the opportunity due to his Muslim religion. A source close to the star spoke to The Sun about Amir’s decision: Amir would be keen to show people what he’s made of, but unfortunately, it would interfere with his Muslim faith.” they said.
Despite the same batch of celebs circulating rumoured to be involved, we’ve got the low down on a few more names who have recently been reported to be appearing in the show. So, who’s in and who’s out? Let’s find out:
According to a number of sources, Made in Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo could be the next ‘waterfall bikini’ babe to hit the jungle. She most recently appeared in Channel 4’s Celebs Go Dating and has seemingly become a favourite with ITV bosses.
A source told The Sun: “Georgia has been signed up by ITV and will be the jungle’s bikini babe this year. She was a huge hit on Celebs Go Dating, people fell in love with her, so I’m A Celeb bosses knew she will be sure hit.”
TOWIE star Lauren Goodyear could also be another celeb to join this year’s line-up after a source claimed she was out to beat ex-partner Mark Wright on hogging the limelight. The source told Closer Magazine: “She’s hell-bent on going one better than Mark and becoming more famous than him and says she won’t give up until she is”.
Whilst rumours broke that Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby was one of the first celebs to be signed-up for this year’s series, it seems the star was keen to put these suggestions to bed once and for all, admitting she won’t be taking part.
In her Snapchat story, the star said: “Just to let everyone know, I am not going in the jungle, so please stop asking us thousands of times. You will not see me in the jungle, unfortunately,”
“That’s not to say I wouldn’t like to do it, because I think going in the jungle would be an amazing experience that I would like to endeavor. But, I’ve just never been asked.”
Coronation Street star Craig Charles is rumoured to be making his second appearance in the jungle this year, after having to cut his stint short in 2014. Craig was left devastated after finding out his brother had died, meaning having to fly home within days of broadcast.
Making ITV bosses firmly aware of his feelings towards the show, Craig once said: “I’ve just been asked if I’ll go back in the Jungle again. Because that was cut short… and never say never, you know?”
Meanwhile, fans are over-the-moon that Ant and Dec will be reunited once more for the upcoming series, after fears that Dec would need a replacement co-star to present alongside him.
It’s no secret that Ant spent a few months in rehab this year due to battling alcohol and drug addiction, however, bosses confirmed that both Ant AND Dec will be returning to Austrailia in a few week’s time.
Ant was recently captured walking his dog in the park, before jetting off to the other side of the world for his four-week stint. Wearing a black scarf, cap and grey jumper, the Geordie presenter seemed in good spirits despite the troubles in his private life.
Aside from spending time in rehab, a source interviewed by The Sun claimed that Ant and his wife of 11 years are currently going through a rough patch.
“They are effectively leading separate lives while he re-evaluates everything.” they said, before adding: “Ant is spending time apart from Lisa – he’s said he needs space and everyone respects that.”
— owen (@TheOwenChild) November 2, 2017
“It’s going to be a make or break few weeks as they decide how they feel about each other.”
Other presenters joining this year’s show include last year’s queen of the jungle Scarlett Moffatt, runner-up Joel Dommett and ex-Eastenders star Joe Swash; all of which will be presenting the spin-off show I’m A Celebrity…Extra Camp!
Discussing his new venture, Joel said: “I’m unbelievably excited to be going back into the jungle for Extra Camp. Ever since I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here got me out of there, I’ve been wanting desperately to get back in there. I can’t blooming wait!”