The much-anticipated new series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! returns to Australia with one of the largest and most elaborate entrances to the Jungle camp to date.
In scenes that will air during Sunday’s launch show, ten celebrities will be whisked away from their lives of luxury as their journey to the jungle begins with three terrifying challenges.
Leaving their plush pads and comforts far behind, the 10 celebrity campers will spend up to three weeks taking on a record 24 gruelling trails in the harsh surroundings of the Australian bush.
Back with a bang: The much-anticipated new series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! returns to Australia with one of the largest and most elaborate entrances to the Jungle camp to date
Kicking off the series in style, five celebrities turn up in luxury cars to a stunning waterside villa in the sun-drenched Gold Coast.
Radio Legend Chris Moyles, Love Island’s Olivia Attwood, Journalist Charlene White, Comedian Babatúndé Aléshé and England Lioness Jill Scott all meet and nervously wait for their Jungle journey to begin.
Meanwhile, arriving by boat at a glistening marina was Pop Icon Boy George, Ex-England Rugby Player Mike Tindall, Coronation Street star Sue Cleaver, Property Expert Scarlette Douglas and Hollyoaks star Owen Warner who all met and deliberated what could be happening next.
Hosts Ant and Dec appeared smug as they arrived in style to greet this year’s 10 celebrity campmates.
After the arrival, the celebrities learn that the public have been voting to name Jungle VIPs and who they want to see have the toughest journey into camp and face the first trial.
Scary: In scenes that will air during Sunday’s launch show, ten celebrities will be whisked away from their lives of luxury as their journey to the Jungle begins with three terrifying challenges
Thill-seeker: Olivia looked nervous as her terrifying journey to the jungle begun
Brave: Olivia and Chris face the ultimate skydive entrance as they are forced to jump out of a chopper and into the jungle
Three celebrities, Babatúndé, Jill and Charlene, then travel to the iconic Focus building in Australia’s Surfers Paradise for the infamous plank challenge – with a twist.
Now branded as The Ledge, the campmates must walk to the edge of the plank and once all in position, take a step forward onto the ledge so they are leaning forward and facing down the jaw-dropping 334 foot drop to the ground.
Here they have to hold the position for one full minute. At the end of the 60 seconds they must let go of the rope that supports them and plunge from their perch in order to each win a coveted star.
Comedian Babatúndé was unable to confront his fear of heights and was unable to take part in the Walk The Plank trial which traditionally kicks off the series.
Terrifying: Three celebrities, Babatúndé, Jill and Charlene, then travel to the iconic Focus building in Australia’s Surfers Paradise for the infamous plank challenge
Luxury: A group of celebrities arrived by boat at a glistening marina before taking on the gruelling challenged
Journey: After the arrival, the celebrities learn that the public have been voting to name Jungle VIPs and who they want to see have the toughest journey into camp and face the first trial
Elsewhere, Olivia and Chris face the ultimate skydive entrance as they are forced to jump out of a chopper and into the jungle.
The rest of the campmates, Mike, Sue and Owen, are set to face a boat trip like no other into camp.
The three stars are locked onto the mast of a boat, dubbed the Critter Cruise – with each celebrity having to undertake a challenge to unlock each other.
Mike must get into the water and pop up inside an upturned boat and inside he finds letters that correlate to numbers, leaving him with a code to crack.
Having a laugh: Pop Icon Boy George, Ex-England Rugby Player Mike Tindall, Coronation Street star Sue Cleaver, Property Expert Scarlette Douglas and Hollyoaks star Owen Warner who all met and deliberated what could be happening next
Patiently waiting: Radio Legend Chris Moyles, Love Island’s Olivia Attwood, Journalist Charlene White, Comedian Babatúndé Aléshé and England Lioness Jill Scott all meet and nervously wait for their Jungle journey to begin
Sue’s challenge sees her face the bait shack. Here three hell holes are filled with critters.
Inside, she must search out the fish eyes, ount them up and she’ll earn her code to open her padlock.
Lastly, Owen must take on a pipe that is blocked and is faced to ignore the bugs and grime in order to remove the bolts and unlock the grate.
Bold entrance: Hosts Ant and Dec appeared smug as they arrived in style to greet this year’s 10 celebrity campmates
Lavish: Kicking off the series in style, five celebrities turn up in luxury cars to a stunning waterside villa in the sun-drenched Gold Coast
It was revealed on Tuesday that Matt Hancock is also heading to the Australian jungle as a surprise late arrival.
The MP, who quit as Health Secretary after cheating on his wife during the pandemic with long-term aide Gina Coladangelo, will become the 12th celebrity heading Down Under.
After playing a central role in coordinating the government’s response to Covid, Mr Hancock’s political career has flagged of late, and last week he was snubbed by Rishi Sunak after the new PM dodged his attempt at a greeting outside Tory HQ.
He becomes the latest in a long list of political figures to try their luck on the ITV reality show, including MPs Nadine Dorries and Lembit Opik, and Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley
Looking good: Boy George showed off his bold style in a colourful patterned shirt and trouser co-ord and a cap
Stunning: Olivia looked incredible after undergoing thousands of pounds worth of beauty treatments before arriving in the jungle
Supportive: Boy George and Sue Cleaver walked hand-in-hand on the pier, ready to start the journey together
Dashing: Owen Warner cut a dapper figure in a black shirt and trousers after saying he was ‘looking for love’ in the jungle
ITV bosses have confirmed to MailOnline that this year’s show, which returns to Australia for the first time in two years following the global pandemic on Sunday, will be the toughest ever for celebrities – with 24 trials to face in 21 shows.
Speaking from the Australian jungle, executive producer, Olly Nash, said: ‘We are filming more than we’ve ever done before and there will be more elements over more shows.
‘In Wales we couldn’t really do stuff that was outside because of the weather and the big storm but this year we can be outside again.
‘We have more big rigs; we have more big, slimy, dirty trials, and a lot more competitive trials. There are 24 this year and there are 21 shows.
‘On the last day the final three each take on a trial. Cyclone is absolutely back.’
I’m A Celebrity begins on Sunday, November 6 2022 at 9pm with a 105 minute special. It will then air every night of the week and both weekend nights after the launch – all at 9pm.
I’M A CELEBRITY 2022: THE FULL LINEUP
CLAIM TO FAME: Legendary pop star
PHOBIAS: Being scared
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am going straight into the jungle from playing at various festivals and gigs
ROLE IN THE CAMP: In-house dietician reassuring everyone that they will be ok on the jungle diet. And entertainer – I will sing!
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a very positive person and I don’t bear any grudges
DREAM CAMPMATE: It would be funny if my ex, Jon Moss, comes on the programme -but I don’t think that will happen!
CLAIM TO FAME: Radio DJ
PHOBIAS: I am petrified of heights. I ended up carrying the bags when we took my girlfriend’s niece once to Go Ape as I am so petrified!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? A friend’s birthday, a wedding, and Leeds United matches
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer. Hopefully I can help shorten everyone’s boredom.
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hiding food! I am going to fly out early and sneak into the jungle and hide pot noodles everywhere, then I will be everyone’s best friend!
DREAM CAMPMATE: Ant and Dec…let’s see how they cope for 24 hours!
CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street
PHOBIAS: Don’t be ridiculous! I am not going to admit to what I fear most!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Coronation Street and we are expecting another grandchild any day, so hopefully it will arrive before I fly out to Australia.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will be more of a mum – that is where I will naturally fit.
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I am a good listener, so hopefully I will be a friendly ear for everyone.
DREAM CAMPMATE: Good Morning Britain’s Richard Arnold. He is my TV husband and it would be lovely to have an ally in camp!
CLAIM TO FAME: Presenter of A Place In The Sun
PHOBIAS: Spiders. There is no point in lying about it! I’ve got an irrational fear about them
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Just a holiday which I can postpone
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum, cook and morale booster. I always like to look at the positive side in life
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I will be good at making sure everything is tidy in camp
DREAM CAMPMATE: Mo Gilligan. He is hilarious and I totally fancy him!
CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian
PHOBIAS: I am scared of absolutely everything. Snakes, rats – I am fearful of them all and I am dreading the trials
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I was going on tour but we’ve postponed it now until next year
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Tension breaker. If I can break tension anywhere it starts up in the camp, then I will do that. We don’t need to be bickering as it will be a first-time experience for everyone
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hopefully I will bring some humour to the camp
DREAM CAMPMATE: I am a big Arsenal fan and so any ex-Arsenal player would be great. I am looking forward to chatting to Ant & Dec about football
CLAIM TO FAME: Rugby Union player and married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall
PHOBIAS: I haven’t admitted to having any phobias but in a weird way, I am looking forward to taking part in the trials!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My podcast series and the rugby Internationals this autumn
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Morning motivator. I would like to see everyone get on well and us all have a great experience
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a positive person
DREAM CAMPMATE: Samuel L Jackson would be cool. He has lived the life!
CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Romeo Nightingale in Hollyoaks
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I am a big fan of football so I will miss watching the start of the World Cup
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer and games coordinator
BEST ATTRIBUTE: It is definitely not my cooking skills or brains!
DREAM CAMPMATE: Any of the Leicester City starting 11!
CLAIM TO FAME: ITV newsreader and Loose Women anchor
PHOBIAS: I am not sure what my fear factor will be because I’ve never had rodents, spiders and snakes crawling all over me!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My children’s annual school ball which I am gutted about
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and cook. I don’t mind falling into that position
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I like to listen and talk. I love learning about people and I have a natural curiosity for people
DREAM CAMPMATE: Colin Murray and Richard Osman
CLAIM TO FAME: Retired England Lioness
PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats and the thought of being underground fills me with fear!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? The Men’s World Cup. I am going to find it weird not being able to know how the men are getting on in the tournament. Hopefully they will still be in the tournament when I come out of the jungle
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Helping hand. I like to help people if they aren’t having a good day
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hard worker. I will always find a way to add value. I am also very honest
DREAM CAMPMATE: Another sports person would be great as it would be someone to bounce ideas off.
CLAIM TO FAME: Love Island star
PHOBIAS: I hate the dark so I’m keen to avoid any challenges in the darkness
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, had the show been on air any later, I could have missed my sister’s wedding
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Clown. I was always the class clown at school and I love having a laugh
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t take myself seriously and I have got a good sense of humour
DREAM CAMPMATE: A pop legend like Dolly Parton who has amazing stories to tell
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