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I’m a Celebrity is back on TV, but Ant and Dec's latest series is slightly different to the usual pre-Christmas journey Down Under.
This is I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here: South Africa, and it’s not just the location that has changed - the ITV reality show features an all-star cast of I’m a Celebrity legends.
Ant and Dec introduced the first nine members of the cast to their daunting opening challenges on the launch show tonight (Monday, 24 April) - and a handful of surprise late entrants have been revealed in following episodes.
The series is pre-recorded, so there is no public vote. Instead, the celebrities will battle head-to-head for the prize of being crowned the first 'I'm a Celebrity Legend'.
I'm a Celebrity winners: Where are they now?
When does I'm a Celebrity South Africa start?
I'm A Celebrity South Africa started on Monday, 24 April at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX.
New episodes air on weekday evenings at 9pm.
I'm a Celebrity South Africa cast: Confirmed contestants
- Shaun Ryder - Voted out 2nd
- Helen Flanagan
- Phil Tufnell
- Jordan Banjo
- Carol Vorderman
- Paul Burrell
- Amir Khan - Voted out 3rd
- Janice Dickinson - Withdrew
- Fatima Whitbread
- Gillian McKeith (Late Entry) - Voted out 1st
- Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo (Late Entry) - Voted Out
- Myleene Klass (Late Entry)
- Andy Whyment (Late Entry) - Voted Out
- Joe Swash (Late Entry)
- Dean Gaffney (Late Entry)
Amir Khan - Voted Out
Boxing champion and I’m a Celebrity 2017 contestant
"I’m a Celeb helped me overcome my phobia of spiders and snakes," said Khan.
"It also made me tougher as a person and I’m determined this time not to be soft when it comes to the Trials!"
Looking back at his famous Strawberry-gate controversy with TV and radio presenter Iain Lee, the boxer said: "I don’t regret one bit what I did. I was starving at the time and it was fun and boisterous!
"It caused a lot of commotion in camp, but I couldn’t believe how big it became in the UK! Still to this day, I get people talking about it and coming over to me with gifts of strawberry bowls."
Confident he can do better in his second I'm a Celeb series, Khan added: "I am not going to be a pushover. I came fifth last time but I want to go all the way in South Africa."
Update: Amir Khan was the third contestant voted out of the show
Talking about his time on the show, Khan said: "It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It’s like I got to be with a new family in South Africa. I’m always going to compare it with my first time in Australia but this one, for me, was way better.
"Great camp, the campmates were amazing. Even though I would have loved to have stayed in a little bit longer, sometimes what can happen is, if you stay longer, you can outstay your welcome. It was just a great experience and I’m just glad I had the opportunity."
Diversity dancer, DJ and I’m a Celebrity 2016 contestant.
Jordan said: "How many people get the chance to do it twice? A series with different campmates from over the years sounds pretty cool and my fellow Diversity dancers are excited to see me suffer again!"
On the possibility of winning, Banjo said: "Anybody who goes on something and says they don’t want to win is a liar.
"To win would be nice but to go back is a win too. You grow up watching I’m A Celebrity and there are so many people I would like to be with in the camp."
Former Coronation Street actress and 2012 series contestant.
The soap star said: "I am not saying I am going to go in and be a jungle warrior and be absolutely amazing because I will not.
"Yes I will be scared but I will have a go and I will be a lot better than last time!"
Reflecting on how her life has changed, Flanagan said: "It’s going to be different. I was only 22 back then and I am 32 now. I have grown up a lot and I’ve had three children and I’ve gone through three labours!
"I won’t not finish the trials because my mindset will be very different this time around.
"When I went in the jungle the first time, I didn’t prepare at all. I didn’t have a clue what I had let myself in for and I cried even when my phone got taken off me after landing in Australia. I want to make my children proud when I take part this time."
TV presenter and 2016 I’m a Celebrity contestant.
Carol said: "Doing I’m A Celebrity changed me a lot and I can’t wait to take part in this new series. I loved everything about I’m A Celebrity [the first time round]."
"It made me realise that I was missing many things I loved and within a short space of time after leaving the camp, I bought a little house in West Wales. I love Wales and I love being out at night. I’ve got a converted van and I live a bit of a hippie life!"
The former Countdown star added: "I go paddle boarding all the time now. You get to a point in life where you think everything is all a bonus. You can’t say ‘I will do that in 20 years' time’. It made me realise that you need to live in the now. I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to Ant & Dec when I see them in South Africa and I can’t wait to take part in this new series."
Olympic legend and I’m a Celebrity 2011 contestant.
"I learnt a lot about myself in the Australian camp and I know there will be some life size characters and life size egos in South Africa too," said Fatima Whitbread.
"But what a great experience it is going to be."
Talking about her memorable trials in 2011, the javelin legend said: "People still come up and chat about the cockroach. And every time I’m A Celebrity comes out, the cockroach incident gets aired quite a bit!
"Most children remember me for the cockroach and their parents remember me for throwing a javelin!
"Doing that Trial in Australia was easily my scariest Trial but I had a lot of fun taking part in the series and it’s wonderful to be asked back again."
Former royal butler and I’m a Celebrity in 2004 runner-up.
"I loved doing it the first time around and to be asked again is very special," said Paul Burrell.
"It's like coming into the final of the jungle Olympics. I had to eat kangaroo testicles in Australia and I am expecting everything to be bigger in South Africa."
Reflecting on how the show changed his life, Burrell said: "I left camp as Paul Burrell and I realised I had to just be me.
"I'm A Celebrity made me a household name and I can remember going to my local supermarket to get the groceries and being mobbed. I was floored next to the frozen peas! Now people are going to get a whole load of me all over again!"
Ex-England cricketer and I’m a Celebrity 2003 winner.
Phil Tufnell said: "I am one of the lucky few to have gone in the jungle and experienced it all and that's what appealed to me when they phoned up to ask me to take part again. I said yes immediately."
Talking about how he feels about returning to the trials 20 years on, Tuffers said: "I was very brave back then but what I do know is the Trials don’t half make you feel that you are alive!
"The heart starts pumping and it is good to challenge yourself. I can still remember feeling very proud of myself after I'd completed the Trials. You do get a buzz and you’ve got to throw yourself into it all.
"I will go with a smile on my face and hopefully I will enjoy it as much as I did last time."
Janice Dickinson - Withdrew
Supermodel and I'm Celebrity 2007 contestant.
"I'm coming back for more fun, more camaraderie and to see if I can get along with everyonem" said Janice Dickinson.
"You never know what’s going to jump up and bite your ass."
Commenting on the famous trials, Dickinson said: "I wasn’t fearless doing the Trials in Australia but I always gave it a good shot except when they wanted me to drink something.
"I said no way, yuck, I can’t eat or drink something I can’t stomach, yuck... there are no skills for doing any trial, they are all evil."
Talking after she was forced to exit the show after having a fall in camp, Janice said: "My experience in camp on the complete whole was transformation. I feel that some epiphany came over me after I ate that food trial. That I was able to do it for other people instead of doing it for myself.
"I wasn’t doing it for the sake of 'Janice is winning a trial', it really was to put food on the table for the other camp mates. That’s why I was finally able to see the glory of these trials."
Shaun Ryder - Voted out
Happy Mondays singer and 2010 I'm a Celebrity runner-up.
"All I can remember about the trials is eating a lot of penises, testicles and eyeballs," said Shaun Ryder.
"I could have stayed another year in Australia. I loved living outside in the camp and I had a proper laugh with my fellow celebrities. I know going to South Africa will be a great adventure. I can’t wait to do it."
The singer added: "I don’t normally like meeting new people but my highlight of the camp was chatting to everyone.
"Being in the camp was lots of fun and I also enjoyed chatting with Stacey a lot. She was cool."
Gillian McKeith - Voted Out
TV personality and 2010 series 10 contestant
Former You Are What You Eat presenter Gillian McKeith was a surprise late entrant in I'm a Celebrity South Africa on the launch show. McKeith's most memorable moment in the 2010 series of I'm a Celebrity came when she fainted during a live trial.
"I have never been able to forget about my fainting in the jungle! I have been reminded about I’m A Celebrity every single day since I came out by taxi drivers and people in the street," said McKeith.
"They all talk about it as if it were yesterday. They say I was entertaining. It might have been for them but it certainly wasn’t for me!"
She added: "My family thinks I’ve lost my mind. But of course, I am in it to win it."
Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo - Voted Out
TV personality and 2017 series 17 winner.
"Having the opportunity to do the jungle once is a great honour because not many people in the whole world have that privilege," said Toff.
"And so, to be asked the second time is just next level kind of stuff. I personally was very happy in the Australian camp and I know some people found it hard but I wasn’t ready to leave.
"I am so excited to see what twists and turns there will be in South Africa. It’s going to be so unbelievably exciting."
Reflecting on how the show changed her life, she said: "It made me think about all the things I wanted to do in life. I was 23 at the time and doing I'm A Celebrity hugely helped my career. The opportunities it put my way are things I could only dream about and it took me to the next level."
Popstar, DJ and TV presenter and the runner-up from the 2006 series.
"People stretch themselves to the absolute limits and when they overcome fears, I’m A Celebrity is the best example of humanity captured in one show," said Myleene Klass, reflecting on the ITV show's enduring success.
"What I’ve loved watching over the years is the eating trials. Roman Kemp was so funny when he took part in them in 2019. I like the fact that with I’m A Celebrity, you go back to basics.
"You are stripped bare and it is funny watching people argue about how to boil an ostrich egg or get frustrated on the Trials."
Talking about her famous white bikini moment in the show, she added: "I am really proud of how strong my body has been. It has been through lots of trials and tribulations since and part of the reason for doing this all-star version is I want to remind myself of that. It’s also good to remind yourself that you can do it."
Andy Whyment - Voted Out
Coronation Street soap star and 2019 series 19 runner-up.
"I am a massive fan of the show and to be asked again is such an honour," said Whyment.
"I felt privileged to be asked back and I said yes immediately - well once I had spoken to Corrie to make sure I could do it. They said I could and so here we are."
The Corrie actor added: "I am an ordinary guy and I was so glad people saw me for who I am. Before then, they had just seen me as Kirk.
"I’m A Celebrity is 24 hours a day and it meant a lot to me that people did vote for me. I think it is why I got so emotional as I'd never done a show where people were voting for me as me. I was over the moon to come runner-up in the series and it feels great to be doing it all over again."
Talking about his favourite memory from the series, Andy said: "I’d say going into main camp and meeting everyone for the first time because I came in as a late arrival, as I did in 2019. Sadly, a short time later Ant and Dec came in and dropped the bombshell that we had to do a Trial and whoever lost went home so that kind of changed my mood [laughs].
"And doing the Trials. That’s what you go in there for isn’t it? For me, there is no point in just going in there and sitting in camp. I arrived as a latecomer and did three Trials and a Chest Challenge – I think that’s what it’s all about. You’ve got to go in there and throw yourself into it. That’s what I did and that’s what I did the first time, too."
Former soap star, TV presenter and series 8 winner.
"I’m a Celebrity holds a big place in my heart. I won it and I was lucky enough to go on to present the spin-off series on ITV2 for 10 years," said Swash.
"I met Stacey [Solomon] whilst I was out in Australia and me and Stacey have now married and we have had kids. Doing the all-stars series is closure. It finishes off the circle."
Joe Swash found fame starring as Mickey Miller in EastEnders, before going to win I'm a Celebrity and starting a career as a TV presenter.
Former EastEnders actor and series 5 I'm a Celeb contestant.
Dean Gaffney last appeared on I'm a Celebrity 17 years ago, when he finished 5th and became famous for his terrified reactions to the trials.
"It would be a massive trajectory to go from ‘screamer of the year in 2006’ to go and win the thing," said Gaffney.
"That would be unbelievable. But the camp will be fierce because everyone wants to be the first I’m a Celebrity Legend."
Gaffney is best known for playing Robbie Jackson in EastEnders, where he had a memorable partnership with Wellard the dog.
Rumoured late entry contestants
Ant and Dec confirmed that there would be more I’m a Celebrity legends joining the South Africa series after the launch.
Other contestants who are rumoured to be taking part include Joe Swash and Dean Gaffney.
How does I’m a Celebrity South Africa work?
Unlike the traditional I’m a Celebrity series in Australia which is filmed live in November and December, the South Africa legends series was pre-recorded last year.
ITV teased: "They survived the Australian jungle, but South Africa is an even harder proposition which will push them to their limits and test them like never before. The challenges are bigger and tougher and the environment harsher and more unforgiving.
"It's a question we always get asked... who would you bring back to the jungle?" said presenter Ant McPartlin.
"So to get this opportunity to make a brand new show in South Africa and put some of our previous campmates through their paces again was the dream."
Dec said: "It's bigger and wilder than we could have hoped for so viewers are in for a real treat!"
While the series will nod back to the Australian jungle, I'm A Celebrity South Africa is a uniquely different series so viewers can look forward to lots of unexpected twists and turns.
There is also no public vote, which means they will be competing against each other in challenges to become the first ever I'm a Celebrity Legend.
How to watch I’m a Celebrity South Africa - what time is it on?
The all-stars I’m a Celebrity South Africa series starts on Monday, 24 April at 9pm on ITVX and ITV1.
ITV has confirmed that the series will air at 9pm on ITV1 all week.
- Episode 1: Monday 24 April: 9pm - 10.30pm
- Episode 2: Tuesday 25 April: 9pm - 10.15pm
- Episode 3: Wednesday 26 April: 9pm - 10pm
- Episode 4: Thursday 27 April: 9pm - 10.15pm
- Episode 5: Friday 28 April: 9pm - 10pm
How many I'm a Celebrity South Africa episodes are there?
The series will air for three weeks on Monday to Friday. There are 15 episodes in total.
When is the I'm a Celebrity South Africa final?
The I'm a Celebrity South Africa final will air on Friday, 12 May on ITV and ITVX.
In the last episode the first ever 'I'm a Celebrity Legend' will be crowned.
I'm A Celebrity...South Africa continues tomorrow night at 9pm and all this week on ITV1 and ITVX.
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