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I’m A Celeb Lineup Revealed

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Hosts Ant and Dec will return to join a new batch of celebs at Gwrych Castle in North Wales this weekend. And now the line-up for 2021 has officially been revealed..

 

Louise Minchin

The 53-year-old says she hopes her former BBC colleague and friend, Dan Walker, will vote for her to take part in as many trials as possible because it’s the show she has always dreamt of doing.

“Going on I’m A Celebrity is a big adventure,” Louise said. “It is very different to sitting on the BBC Breakfast sofa and it will be scary and daunting but it will also be lots of fun. I’ve driven past the Castle quite a few times and I am really excited for it to be in Wales again. This time last year I had a broken ankle and I literally sat on the sofa at home watching every single minute of it thinking, ‘Oh my gosh that Castle looks incredible, one day I would love to be part of it’ and now I am!”

 

Matty Lee

After winning Gold with Tom Daley in the 10 metres synchronised diving at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, Matty Lee admits it is the ‘cherry on the cake’ to be taking part in his favourite TV show. The 23-year-old shot to fame overnight earlier in the year but says “this will be a nice opportunity to let people get to know me better.”

Approached for the show moments after stepping off the plane from Tokyo, Matty adds: “My family is buzzing about it all. We were on the way back from the airport where they had picked me up from Tokyo when I got a call about the programme. When I told Tom, he was in shock too! He is so excited for me and he has always been so supportive and helped me a lot over the past three years. He gives me advice about anything whether it is relationships or whatever – I always ask Tom.”

 

Snoochie Shy

Radio 1 Extra host Snoochie Shy is also heading to the I’m A Celebrity castle. But she has already revealed she’s a big ‘scaredy cat’. The 29-year-old DJ, who is also a model, brand ambassador, and presenter, also reckons she could be so frightened doing the trials that she may not even be able to let out a scream.

“I am a little bit nervous about it,” she admits. “People other than my family don’t know I have a birthmark on the right side of my cheek and so it will be the first time I am letting people know I have one. It has been an insecurity of mine in the past but I am also excited to face up to it.”

 

Richard Madeley

Broadcaster Richard Madeley struggled to keep tight-lipped about his trip to Wales when he announced a lengthy break from Good Morning Britain earlier this month. It has taken years for the 65-year-old to be convinced to appear on the reality show but says he now wants to find out what it feels like to be in the camp on a TV show that has become part of ‘British life’.

But he hasn’t sought advice from son-in-law, James Haskell who appeared on the show in 2019. “James hasn’t given me any advice because as he pointed out, it would be useless,” Richard laughs. It will be a different camp and I plan to just take each day as it comes.”

Richard is currently bookies favourite to be voted for the first trial, after there was public outcry following his remarks towards spiking victims last month.

 

Dame Arlene Phillip’s, DBE

Dame Arlene Phillip’s will be the show’s oldest ever contestant at 78 – a record previously held by Harry Redknapp when he took part, and won, aged 77. But that isn’t going to hold her back with her saying: “I am always the oldest and so I am used to it.” It will be her first big TV job since the BBC sacked her from Strictly in 2009 and the Prestwich-born choreographer thinks going on I’m A Celebrity will be a chance for her to show the real her.

“I think people don’t see the motherly side of me. I don’t think people know me and the real me is very different – I am very caring and I love that caring side of my life. I give myself so completely. I would like to take on the mum role in the Castle. Everyone is going to be younger and if anyone wants to talk to someone or share things with them, then they can with me.”

 

Naughty Boy

Music producer Naughty Boy has worked with some of the biggest names in pop, including Beyonce and Sam Smith. Now, he wants to show I’m A Celebrity’s millions of viewers what he is really like as a person.

But the hit record producer – whose real name is Shahid Khan – thinks his background working with artists will stand him in good stead when he enters camp. Having spoken openly in the past about caring for his beloved mum, who suffers from dementia, the 36-year-old says he also wants to use his time in the Castle to raise more awareness about the illness. Good on you Shahid!

 

Kadeena Cox, MBE

Kadeena Cox will be hoping to continue her winning streak after being crowned the Celebrity MasterChef 2021 champ earlier this year. The 30-year-old Paralympic champion says appearing in I’m A Celeb will be way out of her comfort zone.

Kadeena says “I am scared of spiders, I don’t like rats, I don’t like snakes, and I don’t like heights,” Kadeena admits. “But I am hoping the athlete in me will want to do it for the team and just get through that tough moment. I will scream afterwards. My mum thinks I am crazy to be doing it too and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but I am also really looking forward to meeting some new people from different walks of life. If I were to win I’m A Celebrity as a disabled person and show that I can overcome things, then I think that would be a great thing to show that people with all disabilities can do things.”

 

David Ginola

Football legend David Ginola is already eyeing up the ‘King of the Castle’ crown as he reunites with some very special fans of his old club, Ant and Dec. The 54-year-old Frenchman played for Premier League clubs Newcastle United, Tottenham and Aston Villa as a well as Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.

But David, who now works as a pundit, admits he is going to miss his young daughter terribly. “I am going to miss my baby girl, I have been sharing her life every day since she was born and it’s not just me. It is also about her missing her dad for a long time. That feeling is going to be difficult.”

In May 2016, while playing a charity football match, David collapsed due to a cardiac arrest and subsequently fell into a coma. He swallowed his tongue and stopped breathing, leaving him clinically dead until paramedics arrived with a defibrillator.

Surgeons performed a six-hour quadruple bypass to save his life.

 

Frankie Bridge

Frankie Bridge is following in her husband’s footsteps as she signs up for I’m A Celebrity. Having always admitted doing the ITV show would be terrifying, the singer turned Loose Women star is determined to conquer her fears by taking part, vowing: “I’m scared of most things, but I want to push myself and show a side people have not seen before.”

TV star Frankie is the wife of former Chelsea footballer Wayne – who took part in the show in 2016 and finished fifth. “Ever since Wayne took part, he has been desperate for me to do it too and he can’t wait to watch me squirm and scream. My kids are still quite young, and they still think I am quite cool – so there is a very small window for them to watch it and not be embarrassed! I feel now is the time. I love the show so much too.”

 

Danny Miller

Danny Miller is getting set to pull himself away from his newborn son as he swaps baby bliss for the Welsh castle. Best known for playing Aaron Dingle in Emmerdale, the actor will be leaving behind his fiancé Steph Jones and their first child Albert, who was born in October, when he appears on the show.

He says “I’m A Celebrity is the biggest show in the country and I want to show people what I am like as Danny rather than as Aaron. It will be nice for people to see me not crying but having a laugh! I am a fun guy at home and I’ve been known as Aaron now for 13 years – it’s good to step outside your comfort zone.”

 

This year’s wildcards set to enter the show later in the series are rumoured to be Eastender’s Adam Woodyatt and Corrie’s Simon Gregson.

I’m A Celeb kicks off on Sunday night (November 21) 9pm on ITV.

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Doctor Who: David Tennant and Catherine Tate to return

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David Tennant and Catherine Tate are to return to Doctor Who, the BBC has confirmed.

The pair are currently filming for the sci-fi show’s 60th anniversary, which it will celebrate in 2023.

Tennant played the 10th Doctor on the time travel drama from 2005-2010, while Tate played companion Donna Noble. Tennant and Tate’s involvement means they will be reunited with returning Doctor Who head writer Russell T Davies.

Davies, who was in charge of Doctor Who when it was successfully revived in 2005, left at the same time as Tennant. Their last episode together was broadcast in 2010.

Tennant has briefly returned before, joining then-Doctor Matt Smith for the programme’s 50th anniversary in 2013.

Davies has teased fans, saying: “Maybe this is a missing story. Or a parallel world. Or a dream, or a trick, or a flashback. The only thing I can confirm is that it’s going to be spectacular, as two of our greatest stars reunite for the battle of a lifetime.”

Tennant and Tate’s 2008 series of Doctor Who is the most successful that the show has had since its revival in 2005, with an average audience of more than eight million viewers per episode.

Are you excited to see their return?

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Eurovision 2022: How Sam Ryder Turned Things Around For the UK

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Sam Ryder has said the “stigma” about the UK’s Eurovision performance has finally been “destroyed” after he brought home our best result in 24 years.

The singer led the UK to second place during Saturday night’s Song Contest in Turin, Italy, with his song ‘Space Man’.

It was the the highest the UK has placed since 1998, when Imaani’s ‘Where Are You?’ finished just behind Israel’s Dana International, who won with her song Diva.

In the years since, Britain has suffered a number of embarrassment moments, receiving the dreaded “nul points” in 2003 with Jemini’s ‘Cry Baby’ and in 2021 with James Newman’s ‘Embers’.

However, the public overwhelmingly backed Ukraine, who won the competition with 631 points on the leaderboard, with the UK securing 466 points.

Winning the 2022 Eurovision trophy is a hugely emotional and symbolic victory for Ukraine in the contest’s 66th year as the conflict continues.

The nation’s president Volodymyr Zelensky responded: “Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe.

“We will do our best to one day host the participants and guests of Eurovision in Ukrainian Mariupol. Free, peaceful, rebuilt.”

The results had many fans in sheer disbelief on social media, while prime minister Boris Johnson said he was “incredibly proud” of Sam and how “he brilliantly represented the UK”.

You’re the winner in our eyes Sam, well done!

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Eurovision 2022: Sam Ryder Odds Rocket Ahead of Eurovision Final

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The UK’s Eurovision 2022 entry Sam Ryder has closed in on Ukraine in the winner odds after his performance in the jury semi final.

The TikTok star blew away the audience who flocked to the Pala Olimpico arena in Turin, Italy to see the second jury semi final. The reaction to Sam’s act and his amazing performance have now got plenty of fans and experts predicting he is going to push Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra all the way on Saturday night.

Last week , Sam was sitting in fourth place in the Eurovision odds with his song ‘Space Man’ but, after his second rehearsal in Turin received a rave reaction from press over in Italy and fans and he was given a huge advantage by being drawn in the second half of the Eurovision final, he soared up to second.

The Ukraine currently have a 59% chance of winning and the UK 11%. Sweden and Italy then currently stand as third and fourth favourites at 9% and 6% respectively. Our odds have improved even more so since too as the UK have been announced to perform fourth from last, number 22, which has been the winning performance slot two years in a row.

On May 3 2022 it became exactly 25 years to the day since the UK’s last triumph in Eurovision, when Katrina & the Waves topped the leaderboard in Ireland with their anthemic track Love Shine A Light. Since then, there’s been little to shout about. The UK has always been on the wrong side of the leaderboard, with us consistently finishing at or near the bottom. And last year proved a particularly bitter pill to swallow when James Newman came last on zero points, having received nothing from either the juries or televote.

Check out Sam’s song here:

Who do you think will win?

Watch Eurovision Song Contest 2022 – Grand Final this Saturday (May 14) at 8pm GMT on BBC1.

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