I’m a Celebrity 2022 is a matter of weeks away, and the first contestants are seemingly being revealed.
This year’s series will be extra special for viewers considering it’s been 20 years since DJ Tony Blackburn was crowned King of the Jungle in the iTV reality show’s first ever run.
To mark the occasion, a selection of ex-contestants are currently filming an All Stars edition of the show in South Africa, which won’t be broadcast until 2023. (Find out who’s rumoured to be taking part here).
Before that, though, there’s the small matter of the main show – and fans are now wondering who will be appearing following the release of a first trailer on ITV on Friday (7 October).
Excitingly, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have confirmed the series will return to the Australian jungle – and a launch date has reportedly been set for Sunday 6 November.
Thanks to reliable sources close to the show, the 2022 line-up appears to be taking shape.
Reports also claim that former England rugby player Mike Tindall, who is married to the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall. This would make him the first ever royal family member to appear on the series.
Reports by The Sun claim that comedian Seann Walsh is also said to have been tapped for the new series. Walsh was embroiled in a cheating scandal in 2018 when he appeared on BBC series Strictly Come Dancing after being caught kissing his professional partner despite the pair both being in relationships.
In May 2021, Walsh said that the incident “destroyed” his career and left him having panic attacks on the street.
The Sun also claims that this year could also mark a first, with a Love Island contestant finally being permitted to enter the jungle.
Previously, stars who featured on the ITV2 dating series were banned from joining the show, but it seems producers have made an exception for Olivia Attwood, who appeared in the show’s third outing in 2015. Attwood was seen arriving in Australia this week, seemingly confirming her place on the show.
England footballer Jill Scott has also touched down Down Under, appearing to confirm that she’ll also be taking part. Scott retired after winning the Euros this summer with the Lionesses.
The outlet reports that ITV News and Loose Women broadcaster Charlene White, 42, has agreed a deal that will see her following in the footsteps of the latter show’s stars, including Janet Street-Porter, Frankie Bridge and Linda Robson.
Bringing the laughs could be comedian Babatunde Aleshe, who won fans following his appearances on Channel 4 entertainment show Celebrity Gogglebox. The outlet reports he has been tapped by producers.
Meanwhile, Hollyoaks actor Owen Warner will also reportedly be entering the jungle. He has arrived in Australia this week, along with Coronation Street star Sue Cleaver. Both are expected to appear on the show.
Other rumours include EastEnders actor Danny Dyer and former politician Matt Hancock.
The 2022 line-up is expected to be officially confirmed when the launch show airs. The Independent has contacted ITV for comment.