‘They want the most diverse line-up possible’: I’m A Celebrity bosses are ‘eyeing-up RuPaul Drag Race UK stars Cheryl Hole and Bimini Bon-Boulash for upcoming series’
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! bosses are reportedly eyeing-up a number of RuPaul’s Drag UK stars for the next series of the ITV show.
BBC Three’s Drag Race has been a hit with its stars seeing lasting success after the show.
A number of names have been suggested including Cheryl Hole, real name Luke Underwood, 27, who has also appeared on The Only Way Is Essex.
Jungle queen? A number of Drag Race UK names have reportedly been suggested including Cheryl Hole, real name Luke Underwood, 27, who has also appeared on The Only Way Is Essex
Other drag stars whose names have been passed around include Bimini Bon-Boulash, real name Thomas Hibbits, 28, and Baga Chipz, real name Leo Loren, 31.
Bimini has walked the runway at London Fashion Week with Lottie Moss and Baga starred on last year’s Celebrity Masterchef and The Celebrity Circle this year.
An ITV insider told The Sun: ‘Casting directors want the most diverse I’m A Celeb line-up possible.
Rising stars: Bimini Bon-Boulash, real name Thomas Hibbits, 28, is a regular at celebrity events (pictured at the National Television Awards this month)
Style queen: Bimini walked the runway at the Richard Quinn show during London Fashion Week last week
Born to entertain: Baga Chipz, real name Leo Loren, 31, appeared on Celebrity Masterchef last year and The Celebrity Circle this year
‘They’re keen to sign drag queens. They have big fanbases who would follow them to I’m A Celeb. A few names have been floated already.
‘Of course, they won’t be able to put on full-make up and will have to wear a uniform like the other campmates, but the addition will spice up the show. Lots of drag queens would love to do it.’
MailOnline has contacted ITV for comment.
The show will return to Gwyrch Castle in Wales again this year after it was filmed there in 2020 due to coronavirus travel restrictions.
Star maker: RuPaul (pictured at the Emmys) has won awards for his show and made stars of drag queens around the world
Show bosses are also reportedly already in talks to secure Gwrych Castle for a third year running due to fears of the coronavirus plunging the hit series into doubt.
Despite hopes that this year’s instalment would see the contestants taking to the much-loved Aussie jungle, bosses were forced to abort plans yet again.
Now, it seems the country’s lockdown hell may force fans to accept a third year of fun-and-games from the wintery Welsh set.
Preparing: I’m A Celebrity bosses are reportedly in talks to secure Gwrych Castle for a third year running due to fears of the coronavirus plunging the hit series into doubt
A TV insider told The Sun: ‘This time last year, the prospect of I’m A Celebrity not returning to Australia and having to return to the castle seemed slim.
‘Now the show is going back to Gwrych after ITV had the foresight to reserve is for a second series – and they want to make sure they’re equally prepared for the worst in 2022.
‘Going back to Oz is still the goal. But this is about bosses taking every step possible to ensure Britain’s favourite TV show stays on our screens. So they’re likely to approach the castle owners imminently.’
Something different: Presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, both 45, fronted a revamped show from the new location in 2020 due to Australian travel restrictions (pictured in 2020)