2020-11-09 10:54:07 | When does it start, and how will this year’s show work in Wales?


Story by: Michael Hogan The Telegraph

Who’s taking part?

Of the famous folk set to descend on Gwrych Castle, the most tantalising signing is Olympic hero Mo Farah.

TV presenter Vernon Kay is another intriguing prospect, since he’s the husband of Strictly Come Dancing’s Tess Daly and the shows will overlap in the primetime schedules.

There’s the usual selection of soap types, notably Coronation Street’s Beverley Callard, and ex-EastEnders stars Shane Richie and Jessica Plummer. The latter’s character, hairdresser Chantelle Atkins, was dramatically killed off two months ago, which seems like handy timing.

Other recognisable names include journalist Victoria Derbyshire, Paralympic javelin champion Hollie Arnold, vlogger Giovanna Fletcher, Radio 1 DJ Jordan North and former Strictly pro AJ Pritchard.

Among the pre-show rumours had been an appearance for former House of Commons speaker John Bercow. He would have followed in the reality TV footsteps of wife Sally (who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2011) but he reportedly priced himself out of contention by asking for a £1 million fee. Order, order indeed.

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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.

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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).


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Source References: The Telegraph

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