Celebrity MasterChef's 2018 lineup is revealed

Adam Silverstein

From Digital Spy

The famous faces competing in this year's Celebrity MasterChef have been revealed and they come from a whole variety of different worlds.

TOWIE's Gemma Collins, Dolly Parton's younger sister Stella, actor (and Lily and Alfie Allen's dad) Keith Allen, ex-Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge, cricketer Monty Panesar and Union J's Josh Cuthbert will all be hoping to impress judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode later this summer.

Also following in the footsteps of 2017 champion Angellica Bell, former EastEnder John Partridge, Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, ex-Holby City star Chizzy Akudolu and actress and presenter Lisa Maxwell are taking part in the BBC One series.

Here's the full, 20-strong lineup for Celebrity MasterChef 2018:

AJ Pritchard

Anita Harris

Carol Decker

Chizzy Akudolu

Clara Amfo

Frankie Bridge

Gemma Collins

Jay Blades

Jean Johansson

John Partridge

Josh Cuthbert

Keith Allen

Lisa Maxwell

Martin Bayfield

Michelle Ackerley

Monty Panesar

Spencer Matthews

Stefanie Reid

Stella Parton

Zoe Lyons

Photo credit: Getty Images

[Dolly Parton with sister Stella]

The celebs will be split into groups of five across the first four heat weeks, as they face the Mystery Box Challenge and the task of cooking in a professional restaurant kitchen.

Once the bad cooks are eliminated and the numbers are whittled down, the final four will compete in a new stage called the Pairs Challenge, which involves the celebrities being split into two teams of two.

Each team cooks the same dish, but a wall separates participants, so instructions have to be given vocally to ensure the dishes are identical.

The semi-final will also feature a cooking challenge as part of the 100th birthday celebrations of Antiques Roadshow.

The BBC's commissioning editor Carla-Maria Lawson said: "Celebrity MasterChef is a real treat in BBC One's summer schedule. This series features a wonderfully diverse lineup of celebrities donning the iconic aprons.

"They're out of their comfort zones, but determined to make their mark in the MasterChef kitchen. Along the way, viewers can expect high drama served alongside some great food."

Celebrity MasterChef returns to BBC One with its brand-new lineup this summer.

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