I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! is set for a spectacular launch on Sunday as it returns to the Australian jungle with a roster of high-profile contenders, including former health secretary Matt Hancock.
The next series of the hit ITV show has already made headlines after it was confirmed that Hancock will join rugby player Mike Tindall, pop star Boy George and former Love Island contestant Olivia Attwood in the new batch of famous faces.
Following his decision to join the reality show, the MP for West Suffolk had the Tory Whip suspended and was criticized across the political spectrum after choosing to join the show at a time when Parliament was sitting.
Hancock is not expected to enter the jungle with the initial group of 10 contestants when the show kicks off at 9 p.m. Sunday.
Responding to criticism, he previously told The Sun he wanted to use the show’s ‘incredible platform’ to raise awareness about dyslexia and insisted ‘it wasn’t the cheque’ that told him. decided to join the program.
It will be the first series filmed in the Australian jungle since 2019, as the last two years were filmed at Gwrych Castle in North Wales due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
To mark its grand return, the show announced that it would open with “one of the largest and most elaborate entrances to Jungle Camp to date”.
The opening episode will see this year’s campmates balance themselves on a ledge hundreds of feet in the air, parachute into the jungle, and take on a challenge involving spooky creatures.
To kick off the series in style, five contestants – Attwood, radio DJ Chris Moyles, Loose Women star Charlene White, comedian Babatunde Aleshe and former England footballer Jill Scott – will arrive by luxury car at a seaside villa. Gold Coast water.
Meanwhile, Boy George, Tindall, Sue Cleaver from Coronation Street, TV presenter and real estate expert Scarlette Douglas and Owen Warner from Hollyoaks will arrive one by one by boat to a marina.
After hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly arrive at each location, the celebrities learn that the public has voted to name the “Jungle VIPs” and who they want to see make the toughest trip to camp and face the first trial.
Competitors will then face their first trials of the series, with Scott, White and Aleshe challenged with the show’s new version of the infamous board.
This time camp mates will attempt to walk to the edge of the board 334 feet in the air and once all are in position they must step forward onto the ledge so that they lean forward and face the extreme drop to the ground.
They must hold the position for a minute and then let go of their support rope which will send them plummeting off the ledge in order to each earn a coveted star.
Elsewhere, Attwood and Moyles will face the ultimate leap of faith as they are tasked with jumping out of a plane.
The remaining campmates – Tindall, Cleaver and Warner – will be put to the test on the “Critter Cruise” where they must each try to secure a star from the mast of a boat by completing a challenge.
Among the obstacles to unlocking the stars are a code for Tindall to break and a “hell hole” of creatures where Cleaver must search for fish eyes.
Meanwhile, Cleaver will have to remove bolts from a blocked pipe while battling bugs and grime.
The show has already faced its own trials in the form of disruptive weather, as last month the Australian shelf had to be closed for 24 hours as a ‘precautionary measure’ following reports of severe flooding in the region.
The Geordie duo of McPartlin and Donnelly have hosted the popular reality show since its launch in 2002, although McPartlin was temporarily replaced by Holly Willoughby in 2018.
The show’s 2021 series was won by Emmerdale actor Danny Miller.
I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! returns Sunday, November 6 at 9 p.m. on ITV and ITV Hub.