As more and more controversial allegations against celebrities come to the foreground, many stars are choosing to lie low. The spotlight has suddenly become a perilous place to be and nobody, guilty of any misconduct or not, wants to be the one to stand in the toxic beam.
So right on cue comes that latest season of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here. The classic reality television is the glue that holds British people’s wits together during the bitterly cold winter months. Overflowing with hilarious moments to make you laugh out loud and sordid secrets from sly Z-list celebrities, its three weeks on air feel like a holiday.
Originally released in 2002, the show has provided some of the most iconic moments in British television. How could we forget the infamous romance of Katie Price and Peter Andre? Or, when Fatima got a cockroach stuck up her nose? Dean Gaffney’s bushtucker trial certainly was unforgettable, but it couldn’t rival Myleene Klass’ white bikini moment.
How will the latest season compare? Is it possible to improve on the perfection of previous years? There is only one way to find out; let’s take a look at the line-up…
1. Stanley Johnson
Every year there is an unconventional casting thrown into the mix. This year it comes in the shape and form of Stanley Johnson, better known as the father to the bumbling former London Mayor and current British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson.
The frightfully posh 77-year-old will certainly add entertainment value to the show if he is anything like his blundering son, who is famous for his political gaffes.
Johnson is a surprising candidate on the show, considering his son’s rather public political problems. Let’s hope Johnson’s time on I’m a Celeb can restore the public faith in his son!
2. Amir Khan
Amir Khan brings muscles to the mix. The professional boxer has many impressive titles to his name, including a silver medal from the 2004 Olympics in Athens. With 31 fight wins, out of 35 fights, Khan is likely to be strongest celebrity on the show. But, will he have brain as well as braun?
In July 2013, Khan was estimated to be worth a colossal $31 million, which didn’t include the $15 million he earned in 2014 alone So it is apparent that the 30-year-old father-of-one isn’t taking part in the show for the money!
3. Jamie Lomas
Jamie Lomas is this year’s jungle bad boy. The actor, who has played villainous characters in shows such as Hollyoaks, Casualty and EastEnders. He has also appeared in Coronation Street, Doctors and Heartbeat, making him a daytime television veteran. But, will he be able to perform in the jungle?!
4. Jennie McAlpine
McAlpine is this years soap opera sweetheart. Having played Fiz Brown in Coronation Street since 2001, she is guaranteed to be an instant favorite with viewers who have followed her storyline for the past 16 years.
5. Vanessa White
Before Little Mix, there was The Saturdays, which is where 28-year-old Vanessa found her fame in 2007. The youngest member of the girl group, White was left behind when the band broke up in 2014.
She isn’t the first member of the band to appear on a reality show. Her bandmate’s Mollie King and Frankie Bridges have both appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, whilst Rochelle Humes has featured on The Great Sport Relief Bake Off and Una Healy was a contestant on Splash!.
6. Georgia Toffolo
You may recognize 21-year-old Georgia if you’re a fan of reality show, Made In Chelsea. The South London socialite is a relatively new member on the show, but she has certainly made an impression already. Will she do the same on I’m a Celeb?
7. Dennis Wise
Former football player and manager, Dennis Wise is guaranteed to be a fan favorite with sports junkies. Wises’ ten year career playing for England will mean he knows how to perform under pressure!
8. Jack Maynard
The YouTube star and brother to singer, Conor Maynard, is sure to be inundated with votes from young fans. But, will he be adored in equal measure by older viewers?
9. Rebekah Vardy
Her husband is a notorious footballer, playing for the England team. But, will Rebekah Vardy be able to mirror his success as a participant on I’m a Celeb? Or, will she become another token WAG, there to make things look pretty?
Here is a taste of what the participants can expect, although it won’t be a prank, it’ll be for real! Good luck!