Joey Essex and Vicky Pattison ‘RETURNING’ to I’m A Celeb 😱

They've been told to pack appropriately 🤔

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by Lucy Smith |
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A trio of TV faves are apparently set to return to I'm A Celeb this year as the show prepares to undergo its first series in the UK's Gwrych Castle.

Vicky Pattison and Joey Essex will join jungle queen Charlie Brooks in the jungl- err, castle this year.

The trio have yet to be told how they will be involved in the new series, which airs this Sunday 15 November, but the possibility of them spending a night in the camp or presenting some of the challenges has already been discussed among the bosses.

AND, they've been told to prepare for "all eventualities" and pack appropriately.

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Vernon Kay

TV presenter Vernon Kay has finally agreed to take part in I'm A Celeb after being approached by producers multiple times. He says his daughters Phoebe and Amber are the reason he's doing the show, although we're sure his reported £250k fee has something to do with it too...

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Victoria Derbyshire

BBC news presenter Victoria Derbyshire has signed up for I'm A Celeb as beating breast cancer has made her determined to take on new challenges. She says, "I am now saying 'yes' to stuff I wouldn't have done previously. And, if I don't do my boys proud, I will never live it down!"

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EastEnders legend Shane Richie, who played Alfie Moon on the BBC One soap, has been keeping his involvement in I'm A Celeb secret since January, when he first agreed to take part. He says his biggest phobia is human faeces - guess he won't be signing up to empty the dunny then.

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Hollie Arnold

Although Paralympian Hollie Arnold is used to racking up the medals on the athletics track, she's admitted she's not even thought about the possibility of winning I'm A Celeb. She explains, "I haven't thought about it as you get lost in thought. But if I could get that far, it would be incredible and change my life!"

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Jordan North

Radio 1 DJ Jordan North says he has "so many phobias" but is looking forward to heading into camp as he gets to meet his childhood heroes Ant and Dec.

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Beverley Callard

Beverley Callard has played Coronation Street icon Liz McDonald on and off for more than 30 years but she says the biggest misconception about her is that she's as glamorous as her on-screen character. "I hate being dressed up and I don't care if my nails break either! I am quite at home in comfy baggy clothes," she says.

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Professional dancer AJ Pritchard says, "Doing I'm A Celebrity is a childhood dream come true," and couldn't help but throw a little shade at Strictly Come Dancing after quitting the show, adding, "I was so excited to watch the return of Strictly this Autumn but now I am going to be on an even better show! I can't wait!"

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Giovanna Fletcher

Although author and podcaster Giovanna Fletcher will miss the three children she shares her husband Tom, of McFly fame, she says, "I know it is something we can talk about for years to come and say 'remember when mum did that thing!'"

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Although he's known for his massive success on the running track, Olympic hero Mo Farah says, "It will be nice for people to see me doing something other than running." He reckons his role in camp will be the cook.

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Former EastEnders actress Jessica Plummer admits it will be hard to give up her luxuries and live in the camp's basic conditions but she's hoping taking part in I'm A Celeb will help her cure her phobias. She says, "I have got all the phobias. When my friends see me too, they are going to say 'what the hell? This doesn't make sense!"

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Ruthie Henshall

West End and Broadway actress Ruthie Henshall is the first of two late entrants heading into camp.

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Opera singer Russell Watson will be joining Ruthie as the second late entrant.

We can't wait. We'd love to see some some jungle kings and queens of yore back in the camp 😍.

A source at the castle told The Sun, "ITV producers love having a trick or two up their sleeve.

“What better way to celebrate 20 series of the show than getting some of the stars of yesteryear to take part in some way?"

We couldn't agree more.

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The Only Way is Essex and Eastenders stars will join Vicky Pattison in the new castle location ©ITV Pictures

Charlie won the show in 2012 and Joey came fourth in the 2013 series and they've both been taken to the new site in Abergele, North Wales. Mum-of-one Charlie was even spotted putting her luggage into the blacked out people carrier which would take her there.

Vicky, 32, who won the show in 2015, is currently isolating ahead of her appearance on the show.

"They told them they had to spend some time isolating, just like this year’s contestants have done, ahead of being taken up to Wales," said the source.

They added, "There’s even a chance they’ll isolate, travel to Wales, and not even get used.

"But it’s three great options for producers to have in the locker."

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This news of three potential I'm A Celeb special guests comes just as rumours broke that confirmed camp member Giovanna Fletcher has been denied her luxury item 😱.

According to Gi's good friend Emma Willis, she had planned to take cycling shorts to prevent bugs from "[crawling] up the places you don’t want them crawling up."

But, much to her dismay, the item was banned by ITV.

There are strict rules in place to prevent the I'm A Celeb camp mates from wearing any clothing outside the items provided to them by the show.

Dang it, good shout though, Gi. We wouldn't want bugs up our, um, you know, either 😂.

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