A whole host of stars are already being linked with I’m A Celebrity 2021 after the show’s returned to Wales was confirmed.
After hopes earlier in the year that the much loved show would be able to return to its usual home of Australia, a trip down Down Under has been deemed “too tricky,” by bosses.
On Monday, ITV officially confirmed that the forthcoming series of I’m A Celebrity would take place in Wales, with the programme once again taking up residence at Gwrych Castle in Abergele.
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Katie Rawcliffe, ITV head of entertainment commissioning, said: “We can confirm today that we’ll be returning to Wales for the 2021 series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
“We’ve always said we have contingencies in place for the series if the Covid situation continued to bring uncertainty, and after a highly successful run at the castle last year we’re pleased that we can return there.
“I have no doubt the production team will produce another hugely entertaining series.”
The confirmation of the location for 2021 has fuelled speculation on who will be on the show this year to follow in the footsteps of I’m A Celebrity’s first ever queen of the Castle, Giovanna Fletcher.
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Ant and Dec added fuel to the fire of rumours Piers will do I’m A Celebrity this year.
The show’s hosts were quizzed on the possibility of Piers being a contestant after his much publicised exit from Good Morning Britain, following an on-air spat with colleague Alex Beresford.
Appearing on Lorraine, Ant and Dec joked that he’d be “looking for a job.”
Piers is currently at 20/1 with bookies Betway to do I’m A Celeb this year.
However, don’t get too excited as, firing back at Ant and Dec’s claims in his Daily Mail column, Piers said: “Well, he’s not working at the moment, so he’ll be looking for a job,’ scoffed Ant, as Dec cackled like a slathering hyena at the thought of luring me into their hellish jungle prison camp.
“Let me make one thing crystal clear: there’s no way I’m ever exposing myself to a series of ghastly gastronomic humiliations for the delectation of the British public. When I munch kangaroo testicles, I do so in the privacy of my home.”
One of the red hot tips is former Blue Peter and One Show host Matt, who is currently on odds of 3/1 with Betway to go into the castle in a few months time.
Countryfile star Matt being linked with I’m A Celebrity comes just as he has been commentating on Olympic gymnastics for the BBC.
And, at the weekend, the County Durham born star celebrated the news that his family’s programme, Our Farm in the Dales, had been given a Saturday night primetime slot by Channel 4.
Matt isn’t the only North East star linked with I’m A Celebrity 2021.
As Little Mix bandmates Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock prepare to give birth to their first children, South Shields singer Jade has found herself in the frame to be Queen of the Castle this year.
Having been linked with Strictly in recent years and competed on Celebrity Bake Off this year, she is currently on odds of 4/1 to do I’m A Celeb.
The A-Team legend is the star Ant and Dec most want to get on the show.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Ant said: “Mr T. I always say Mr T. Mr T, please come and do the show.
Dec added: “Don’t get me wrong, I loved it last year, and it was lovely, and I think it was the show we all needed. However, I’d like a couple of grumpy celebs!”
The Good Morning Britain star would surely be a very entertaining campmate.
“It’s a great show, it’d be great to be a part of,’ he said in May. ‘Well, I’ve got to do the downstairs loo, I’m hoping to get a marble finish so if the offer comes in I’ll do it…
‘I wouldn’t officially rule it out. I’ve never experienced anyone who’s come out of it and said they’ve had any regrets.’
Jamie, who reached the final of Strictly Come Dancing last year, has now quit Made in Chelsea, the E4 show that first shot him to TV fame a decade ago.
That has fuelled speculation that he could be keen to do another reality TV show and Betway have him on odds of 5/2 to be on I’m A Celebrity.
Jamie’s former Made in Chelsea co-star Sam Thompson has also been linked to a stint in the castle.
To get the now Olympic diving champion would be a massive coup for I’m A Celebrity and bookies think it could be a distinct possibility, with Tom on odds of 6/1 to do the how.
His young diving partner Matty Lee is also in the running with Betway, but I’m A Celeb are sure to face competition from Strictly to sign up Team GB Olympic heroes from the delayed Tokyo 2020 games.
Given the popularity of Line of Duty’s recent series, it’s a good shout to assume I’m A Celeb bosses will at least try to get one of AC-12 for the new series.
And it’s Vicky, better known to millions of BBC viewers as Kate Fleming, who is the most favoured choice for I’m A Celebrity.
At the time of writing, she was on odds of 8/1 for the castle but, like Line of Duty co-stars Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar and Kelly Macdonald, has also seen her name linked to Strictly 2021.
Football hero Gazza appeared on the Italian version of I’m A Celeb earlier this year and is now hoping to catch the eye of UK producers, having nearly been on the show twice before.
A source told The Sun: “Gazza has come close, twice, to signing up for I’m A Celeb. But on each occasion there were concerns he wasn’t in the best shape to go on. Producers have very strict tests and Paul just came up short.
“But Paul hopes he has proved a few people wrong and shown them he has put now some of his troubles behind him.”
Another star currently at the top end of the I’m A Celebrity betting at 7/2 is comedian Jack.
A fan previously launched a petition to get him on the show, writing to ITV to say: “I would like to get the well-known comedian Jack Whitehall onto the next series of ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!’ on ITV.
“He is absolutely hilarious and would cause so many laughs in the jungle. Also, he would get the show profits through the roof, as so many people love him and would enjoy watching him. Please help me to make this happen!!”
Tom Daley isn’t the only Olympic star linked with a switch from the pool to the castle,.
Defending breaststroke champion is also in the betting, although more of an outsider on odds of 25/1 after his heroics in Tokyo.
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