X FACTOR UK: LIVE SHOW FINALISTS REVEALED 0 640

Simon Cowell, Robbie Williams, Louis Tomlinson and Ayda Field have officially confirmed their live show acts.

These acts have come a long way from battling through auditions, to the Six Chair Challenge, and even impressing their mentors at the Judges’ Houses.

So, who will be fighting for a chance to be crowned the winner of X Factor 2018? Here’s a recap of all the action from judges’ houses

First up were the Girls, who were whisked off to Simon’s actual home in Malibu in the twelfth episode of the series tonight.

Naturally, they were excited to see the sights of Hollywood, where stars are born – and Simon recently got his own star on the Walk of Fame.
He even treated them to a shopping spree so they could look their best for their big moments.

However, while browsing the stores on Rodeo Drive, they were completely unaware that they were about to face one of the most daunting audiences imaginable.

As always, the judges have got special guests to help them make their all-important decisions – but this year, Simon went to new extremes.

The Syco mogul threw a Judges’ Houses party, inviting not two, not three, but FIFTY entertainment industry bigwigs.

The guestlist included his former American Idol colleagues Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest, Oscar-nominated songwriter Diane Warren and legendary singer Paul Anka.

Also in attendance were famed producers Babyface and Dallas Austin, Simon’s former protégés Adam Lambert and Leona Lewis – and, of course, the one and only Sinitta.

“We’ve never done this before, so if it does work, I take the credit. If it doesn’t work, I’ve got it on record, it has absolutely nothing to do with me whatsoever,” Simon told his pals.

“The Girls have no idea you guys are gonna be here, they’re gonna be petrified.”

With everyone seated, Simon finally brought out the women of the moment – and they were astonished to see so many familiar faces, whom Simon said have collectively sold “about 5billion records”.

“We have every big-name songwriter in the world,” he said. “These are the people, in real life, you’ve got to impress. These are the people who make the hits. People who have been in your position before.

“It’s not just about impressing me, it’s about impressing these guys.”

With the pressure well and truly on, it was time for the performances begin.

Molly Scott – First to take the mic was Molly, who was left “shaking” after being introduced to the all-star crowd. Unfortunately for the 16-year-old – the youngest solo act remaining in the competition – she admits she doesn’t “deal well with pressure”, noting that nerves “did get the better” of her at the Six Chair Challenge. For the moment that could change her life, she performed the English version of ‘Fake Love’ by chart-storming Korean boyband BTS. It was a pick Simon described as “really clever”, while Randy felt like “it could have been her song”.

Georgia Burgess – Georgia fought hard to attend Judges’ Houses; having initially lost her seat at the Six Chair Challenge, she took part in two further sing-offs to win it back. Although “scared” by the audience, she vowed to put just as much effort in to reaching the live shows. She was “so nervous” about her song choice, ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’ by Jocelyn Brown – but it had a few of the guests standing up in applause, including Paula. Simon said Georgia reminds him of Kelly Clarkson, while Diane observed: “Her voice doesn’t look like her. It’s like what Adele has, you wanna hang out with her.”

Afterwards, Georgia told host Dermot O’Leary: “This has surpassed my wildest dreams. To sing in front of all these people, in itself, is such a lifetime achievement.

Shan – Having been a session singer for four years, Shan is looking for her big break – and she put herself through double the pressure to get one. Not only did she have to face a crowd of music tastemakers, she also chose to debut an original track. She wrote ‘Get Back’ after her Six Chair Challenge experience, about how it “taught me a lesson that when you put in hard work and effort, it’s possible for good results to happen”. The song wasn’t even finished before Ryan whispered to Simon: “You’ve got to keep her.” Randy added: “That was fantastic, it really shows who can be a star. Stars rise to the occasion.”

Dermot was stunned by what had happened, commenting: “When you said, ‘I’m doing an original’, I was looking around and thinking,’ there’s so many great songwriters, I hope this goes well’.”

“I was looking at Diane Warren like, ‘oh my gosh’,” Shan replied.

Maria Laroco – Sadly, Maria was unable to join the Girls in Malibu after issues arose with her visa. However, unlike previous years, when such circumstances forced acts to leave the show, Maria was allowed to compete via a video recorded in London. “Hey Simon, thank you so much for the opportunity you have given me,” she introduced herself. “I don’t want this to be my last performance, so please, please, please, pick me.” The Filipino teenager sang ‘California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & The Papas. “I feel really bad for her, because she would have thrived in this atmosphere,” sighed Simon.

Bella Penfold – Bella had a weight on her shoulders; having earned Simon’s Golden X safe seat at the Six Chair Challenge, she knew she needed to “better that last performance”. Although acknowledging she’s “no Drake or Kanye”, she again demonstrated her rapping skills by covering Macklemore and Mary Lambert’s ‘Same Love’ – a song so important to her that she got it tattooed on her neck just days beforehand. “She’s got a great vibe about her, and she’s authentic,” noted Paula. “I love that she’s edgy, and kind of wild,” praised Randy. “She wants to say something, I could work with her,” added Diane.

Scarlett Lee – Last to appear was Scarlett, who was even more appreciative of her place at Judges’ Houses, having narrowly missed out last year. She couldn’t resist a cheeky dig at Simon while taking the stage, joking: “I can’t believe I’m here… finally!” The 20-year-old says it took “a hell of a lot of courage” to enter the talent contest a second time – and it took even more for her to perform Whitney Houston’s ‘I Didn’t Know My Own Strength’ in front of its writer, Diane. The risk paid off, with the Golden Globe winner led a standing ovation. “You would be an awful person to not put her through,” smirked Ryan. “Her voice is ridiculous,” proclaimed Randy.

As she rejoined her fellow hopefuls, Scarlett said: “That’s the moment I’ve always wanted.”

With the performances over, Simon again addressed the party, optimistically asking: “Let’s do it again every year, please!”

Giving his take on the night, Ryan said: “It was exceptional. I didn’t know what to expect, I had never seen any of these contestants before.

“They were nervous, but when they stepped in to their songs you could tell they were meant to do this.”

Meanwhile, former X Factor winner Leona went to talk to the Girls. “You guys have got this, you’re all amazing, you’ve got such good voices,” she complimented.

“This is a sick joke, you’re Leona Lewis!” laughed Bella.

Diane, Paula and Randy hung around after the bash to further help Simon pick his final four – and soon it was time to deliver the verdict.

The next day, Simon sat down with the Girls one at a time to reveal their fates.

He told Shan the “slightly negative” thing is that she’s “almost afraid” to show the real her – but she would have the chance to do so on the live shows.

“You’re better than even you know. I’m thrilled to give you this opportunity,” he said.

Molly acknowledged her performance earlier would have been better had she not been “as nervous” – but Simon also put her through, thanks to her “real determination”.

Next, Simon called London to speak to Maria, and for her it was bad news. “You didn’t make it. I hate telling you this in this manner,” he mused.

The media mogul did give her a small glimmer of hope, adding: “I’m not just saying this, you have to come back again. Promise me you’ll come back.”

“I do promise,” insisted an emotional Maria.

Scarlett followed, and she finally heard the words she has waited over a year for. “I’ve never seen Diane Warren cry in my life!” smirked Simon. “I don’t wanna put you through this again. I really want you to join me in the finals.”

“I can’t believe this is happening to me,” she reacted through tears.

However, it was the end of the road for Georgia. “You didn’t do anything wrong, you did nothing wrong,” Simon told her. “It’s simply a gut feeling, it’s not your year.”

She took the news well, responding: “From the bottom of my heart, thank you for letting me have this opportunity. It really has been amazing.”

That meant for Bella – who says she scaled back her dreams because no-one believed in her – those dreams would finally be coming true.

“You are in the finals,” Simon revealed. “There wasn’t a shadow of a doubt. I believe in you, I really like you. You’re special.”

Moments later, she told Dermot: “I still can’t believe I’ve went and gone and done it!”

Therefore, the four Girls in this year’s live shows are Bella, Molly, Scarlett and Shan.

ROBBIE WILLIAMS AND THE GROUPS

After touching down in LA and enjoying a spot of sightseeing, the groups were whisked away to a sprawling pad owned by Robbie himself.

The ‘Angels’ singer challenged them to a tennis tournament and laid on a barbecue feast – while his wife and rival judge Ayda Williams dropped by to offer the acts good luck.

Soon the fun came to an end and it was down to business. “This is a level playing field, anybody and everybody has a chance of going through,” he said.

“Be magnificent, because you were all born to be magnificent.”

Performance day began with the hopefuls meeting their guest mentor David – who emerged in leather hotpants with a sort-of Take That tribute group.

“I always thought you were a bit of a Jason,” claimed Robbie.

“No, I’m you cause I’m the show-off,” David replied. “Look, I’ve already gone solo!”

LMA Choir – Led by their choirmaster Stephanie, LMA faced the challenge of going first, admitting they found it “nervewracking” to be just one performance away from a place in the live shows. “What a better platform to show your talent and show the world what you can do,” said Stephanie, explaining why they entered The X Factor. “Britain’s Got Talent?” quipped David. After their rendition of James Bay’s ‘Hold Back The River’, Robbie said they “nearly brought a tear” to his eye. “A lot of your appeal is gonna be in the song choices, and that was a very original choice,” observed David.

Once they were out of earshot, the funnyman continued: “It’s an unusual one for The X Factor, a choir – it’s never been done before. The problem you have is that the audience don’t particularly connect to them… it’s not quite the same as rooting for one person.”

Robbie echoed those thoughts as he delivered his verdict the next day, claiming it would be a “risk” for fifteen people to appear together to the live shows – but he chose to take that risk and put them through. “What a pleasure to be able to put you through,” he smiled. “I’m just absolutely overwhelmed,” said Stephanie through happy tears.

A Star – They may be the youngest act in the competition, and they may have been put together after failed solo auditions, but Aaliyah and Acacia proved they’re a force to be reckoned with when Robbie gave them his Golden X at the Six Chair Challenge. “We’ve been working so hard for this performance today,” said Aaliyah. “I wanna make sure that we do each other proud.” The teenagers mashed up Soul II Soul’s ‘Back To Life’ with Stormzy’s ‘Big For Your Boots’. “Something remarkable just happened, it showed me exactly who you are,” Robbie reacted. “You really popped.”

Acacia spoke of how they’d “dreamed” of making the live shows – and despite some slight reservations about their age, Robbie made their dreams come true by giving them a yes. After getting the good news, their elated mums ran over for hugs.

Panda and Burgandy – Originally soloists who were sent home by Ayda, Panda and Burgandy only made it to Judges’ Houses after Robbie offered them the option of joining forces and transferring to his category. “Today we are going to prove to him that he made a very good decision,” vowed Panda. The newly-formed duo belted out ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, but while Robbie said it was a “great audition”, David wasn’t quite convinced they work together. “There’s still a slight sense that it’s two great vocalists together rather than a group,” he commented.

On results day, Robbie told the pair they’re “infectious, in the best way possible” – but agreed that they weren’t gelling together and decided to send them home. Although Burgandy was devastated by her exit, she said the ITV talent contest is “still the best thing that’s ever happened” to her.

Vibe 5 – Vibe 5 is yet another group formed by the judges, but although they’d only been together for a very short time, the lads insist they have a “natural” connection. “We’re like brothers, we just get on so well,” said Jon Guelas, one of the boyband’s five members (hence the name). “Some brothers hate each other!” David helpfully retorted. Keeping it in the X Factor family, they covered James Arthur’s ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’. Robbie complimented their falsetto, but while David felt they have “the potential to be incredibly popular”, he mused: “I just worry that they don’t quite know who they are yet.”

The next day, Robbie told the band that, vocals aside, their act is a “bit of a shambles”. However, he also noted that there’s “a huge gap in the market” for them, and that he could already see defined roles – so it’s no surprise that he sent them to the live shows.

Sweet Sense – The last of this year’s manufactured groups, Sweet Sense emerged from the Girls category as Vibe 5 did from the Boys. Robbie gave them a warning, joking: “This is the start of your band, when you all like each other and get on with each other, so enjoy this moment!” David wondered when it “turns sour”, to which Robbie claimed: “First single.” The five-piece gave a nod to opposing mentor Louis by performing One Direction’s ‘History’. Robbie praised their “incredible voices”, but picked up on a flaw: “There was a bit of looking at each other nervously, which might be a problem.”

While Vibe 5 made it through, it was the end of the road for Sweet Sense. Although Robbie compared them to the Spice Girls, he felt their chemistry needed time to develop. It seems the band may be sticking together, as they said the rejection would only “make us work harder”.

Misunderstood – Duo Jeff and Stefan have stormed The X Factor with their ridiculously catchy original songs, but their success has been a long time coming, having tried to break the music industry for nine years. “We want to give it our all and let Robbie see that we’ve got this,” said Jeff. Sticking to their winning formula, they chose to sing ‘Girls In London’, another of their own tracks, “purely because the girls in London are sick”. Robbie branded it “incredible”, while David told them:”I like that you’re not trying to be anyone else, you’re just trying to be you, and that really counts for a lot.”

Robbie was perplexed that they’d failed to hit the big time after the best part of a decade together. However, he finally gave the pair the big break they’ve been looking for with a place in the lives. “To get that yes… words can’t even describe, we’re so grateful,” Stefan said.

Therefore, Robbie’s final four groups are LMA Choir, A Star, Vibe 5 and Misunderstood.

Louis Tomlinson and the Boys

With two categories down, it was time for the Boys to face the music in the exotic hotspot of Ibiza.

After meeting them on the beach, Louis took the lads buggy racing, with Armstrong declaring him and Dalton the worst drivers.

Later they enjoyed dinner at a fancy restaurant, where Louis gave them a pep talk for the battle ahead.

“Naturally this situation is intimidating,” he said. “I think the most important thing is just, you’re proud and you’ve left nothing.”

“Tomorrow’s a big day, just try not to think about it too much and give it everything.”

Before the performances began, Louis introduced them to his two guest judges, Nile and Liam – “a legend and an old friend of mine”.

“I couldn’t be happier with the two guest judges,” grinned Brendan. “This feels real now.”

Dalton Andre Harris – Dalton has already been on a huge journey on The X Factor, sharing stories of his upbringing in Jamaica and how he’s been on his own since his teenage years, and he hopes that journey will continue. “It just has to go right,” he said. “There’s no option. It has to.” He performed the Dreamgirls song ‘Listen’, because of its message: “Stop talking, listen to me now, this is my time to pursue my dreams”. Louis said: “What was so incredible, aside from the unbelievable vocal, was the whole story you told us.” Liam claimed: “I will never listen to that song the same way ever again.”

Armstrong Martins – Armstrong stunned the judges at his original audition, playing an acoustic rendition of the High School Musical song ‘Breaking Free’ – and he played a similar tactic at Judges’ Houses, admitting: “It is a gamble, but if you’re going to go all in, you might as well go all in.” That gamble was a stripped-back rendition of the Friends theme song, ‘I’ll Be There For You’ by The Rembrandts. “What you’ve just done should make you really really proud. Your song choice was clever,” remarked Louis. “I think you’ve got a fantastic voice, you get so lost within the moment of the song,” added Liam.

Once Armstrong had rejoined the other contestants, Louis quietly mused: “It might be a risk to take him to the live shows, there is a nerve factor there.”

Thomas Pound – Thomas has been an inimitable force in the competition so far, appearing as both himself and his drag alter ego Lady Frieda Wilde, and fighting to keep his seat at the Six Chair Challenge after almost being sent home. The Welshman has a message – “be different and be you” – which was certainly reflected in his performance: a thumping dance version of ‘One Night Only’. “Your unapologetic personality is so infectious,” beamed Louis. “His confidence is fantastic, I think that’s gonna carry him so far,” noted Liam.

J-Sol – Having fought back from the devastating loss of his mother to honour her wishes by entering The X Factor, J-Sol told Louis that he wants to make the live shows so he can “inspire people to carry on going”, proclaiming: “I’m ready to just give it everything.” For his performance, he chose to sing Rihanna’s ‘Love On The Brain’. “That to me, that song right there, is a great advert for the type of artist you could be. I think you did yourself proud,” complimented Louis. “He is somebody that really brings soul back,” observed Nile.

However, J told Dermot that he was dissatisfied with his effort: “I feel like I could have done better, but I gave it everything. My nerves just got the better of me.

Anthony Russell – Louis has already mentored Anthony through the personal troubles that forced him to leave last year’s series, and now he’s the mentor that has the power to put Anthony on the live shows. The Liverpool labourer sang ‘Scars’ by James Bay, but made a slight slip-up towards to the end. “I know you’re thinking about that one little note that just happened about 20 seconds ago, but that means nothing to me,” insisted Louis.

Nile was also unfazed, sharing one of his career memories. “I did a song with David Bowie, Let’s Dance, and he wanted to change it because he went out of tune,” he recalled. “I said ‘David, you don’t understand, one bad note can feel like raw emotion, and sometimes when we’re feeling emotion we can’t control what we do’. It’s fine, it’s cool.”

Brendan Murray – Brendan who fought back from a dodgy audition to secure his mentor’s Golden X at Six Chair. The former Hometown member and Eurovision entrant was very aware there would be no safety at Judges’ Houses, musing: “I’m gonna have to throw everything at them.” In his efforts to impress, Brendan took on a huge song, ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’. “Really great, really great,” was Liam’s simple response. “That song is written by a dear friend,” noted Nile, in reference to Prince. “It was beautiful. I was holding back the tears, I was trying to be cool!”

After further discussions with Liam and Nile, it was soon time for Louis’ decision day, which host Dermot O’Leary described as “the worst day of The X Factor calendar”.

“It certainly feels like it,” agreed Louis.

First to hear their verdict was Dalton Andre Harris. Although worried about his “versatility”, Louis put him through to the live shows. “Is this real? You don’t know what you’re doing!” reacted an elated Dalton.

As he spoke to the next three acts, the One Direction star claimed: “The standard of singer is so, so high. In different years, all of you could have gone through.”

It was good news for Armstrong Martins, who smiled: “This is such an amazing moment. I can’t believe I’ve made it to the live shows.”

Brendan also made the cut, and promptly called his mum to let her know. “Congratulations, we’re so proud of you!” she beamed.

However, Louis concluded that he’s “not going to be able to take” Thomas Pound to the next stage. The Welshman was “absolutely gutted” to be out, sighing: “All I wanted was the live shows, but it is what it is.”

J-Sol’s instinct that he’d “messed up” his performance also proved to be true when he found out he’d been cut. “I feel like I let you down,” he mused. “Don’t be silly, you didn’t,” insisted Louis.

That meant that Anthony Russell bagged Louis’ fourth and final live show spot, a year after personal issues initially ended his X Factor dream. “Go on! I will not let you down, let’s do it lad!” exclaimed the Liverpudlian.

“I’ve been working my whole life for this! I feel like Rocky Balboa!”

Therefore, Louis’ final four Boys are Dalton Andre Harris, Armstrong Martins, Brendan Murray and Anthony Russell.

Ayda Williams and the Groups
Last but not least, it was time for the Overs to rise to the challenge – and that meant it was back to the Williams’ mansion in Beverly Hills, where Robbie had just picked his Groups.

This time, it was Ayda in charge, and she began by throwing her acts a lavish pool party, complete with the hashtag ‘#XF’ spelled out in balloons.

Referring to her hit with Livin’ Joy, Janice grinned: “I am a Dreamer, but this is beyond a dream, honey! This is a dream I wasn’t even dreaming!”

Soon, the hopefuls were introduced to Ayda’s two special guests, whom she says “represent the very best” of TV talent shows.

She welcomed Leona Lewis, the winner of The X Factor’s third series, and Adam Lambert, one of American Idol’s biggest success stories.

“We went through the same thing, we know how it feels,” commented Leona.

“Everything from here on out is going to change your life on some level,” added Adam.

Olatunji Yearwood – Those life-changing performances kicked off with Ola, who spoke of the “superb” support he’s had in his home nation of Trinidad and Tobago. “I’ve never felt like this ever in my life,” he gushed. Ola brought the Calypso vibes to Judges’ Houses with an original track, which was helpfully named ‘Ola’. “You have a way that is completely your own, it is magic and electric. Every time I see you, you make me smile,” reviewed Ayda. “He’s definitely a born performer,” noted Adam.

Delivering her verdict the next day, Ayda told Ola she loves him for bringing a “completely different style of music” to the ITV talent contest – and now he’d be bringing that style to the live shows. “Thanks for the opportunity. I’m gonna make my family proud, my country proud, you proud,” he pledged.

Janice Robinson – Although she’s much-loved thanks to her 90s anthem, Janice now hopes the X Factor can help her establish her own identity. “I’ve got all those people that have loved my songs, and I want to come back and show them who I am,” she explained. Appropriately, she performed a song she wrote herself, entitled ‘Love Is In The Atmosphere’. “I just sat there, and was like, ‘wow’,” gasped Adam. “I’m so happy that I’ve got to know the woman behind that voice,” smiled Leona. “You have a spirit and a force that is so remarkable,” added Ayda.

Ayda did question whether it was fair that someone who’d already cracked the charts should take precedence over someone looking for their first break. However, in the end, she told Janice: “It was always gonna be a yes.” The dancefloor diva began crying while livin’ her joy. “Thank you so much,” she sniffed.

Ricky John – Ricky was the lucky contestant that got Ayda’s Golden X at the Six Chair Challenge, and it clearly renewed his determination to reach the live shows. “I never really envisioned making it this far. I didn’t come all of this way to go home now,” he vowed. For his Judges’ Houses audition, he sang ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ by Percy Sledge – but as soon as it ended, he declared: “I’m not very happy with that.” Adam offered some words of encouragement: “I feel like you have a really cool tone, and I feel like you have a lot of emotion and story and experience.”

Once he’d left to share his woes with Dermot, Ayda commented: “I really like him but every audition we’ve had, there’s been self-doubt.”

Those concerns played on her mind, and she eventually opted to send him home – making him the only Golden X recipient to miss out on the live shows. A visibly saddened Ricky replied: “It’s fine, don’t worry. Thank you for having me.”

Louise Setara – Looking to resurrect her forgotten musical ambitions following the loss of her husband, Louise was also desperate to go further in the competition, proclaiming: “I want this opportunity to work out for me so much that it actually frightens me.” The mum-of two coverered Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Piece By Piece’, and its lyrics hit home towards the end when she burst in to tears. “That song scares the life out of me,” she admitted. “I used to sing ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ and it always reminded me of my Mum and my Dad, and I got so emotional, so I know how it feels,” sympathised Leona.

Unfortunately, Louise’s breakdown worked against her. Noting that emotions “got the better” of her, Ayda chose to say goodbye to Louise – a decision that she hinted would end her dream. “This, for me, I think was a last-crack-of-the-whip kind of thing,” she admitted.

Giovanni Spano – Wannabe rockstar Gio had been “working my whole entire life” for his moment at Judges’ Houses. “I perform in the West End, I have a great time and I love it, but I’m a little bit tired of playing a character. I wanna be Gio,” he told the judges, before performing Kings of Leon hit ‘Use Somebody’. “He’s got so much energy,” witnessed Leona. “He’s really eager to go for it,” noted Adam. Happy with his effort, Gio told Dermot: “I can feel it. I’m reaching, I’m reaching for those live shows.”

On decision day, however, Ayda told Gio that he’s “very one-level” and lacks “light and shade”. Despite reservations that he might not connect with viewers, Ayda took the chance and put him through. “You will not regret it. I’m gonna bring glam, I’m gonna bring fun, I’m gonna bring everything,” he grinned.

Danny Tetley – As a Benidorm entertainer, Danny’s used to the spotlight – and in reaching Judges’ Houses, he was just one step away from reaching his biggest audience yet by performing to millions of viewers on The X Factor live shows. “This kind of thing does not happen to me, a boy from Bradford. That’s why it’s all so surreal,” he said. His rendition of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ wowed the panel. “I think the thing that I loved about it is that you’re in full control of what you’re doing,” Adam explained.

Hours later, Ayda gave Danny the good news that he had indeed made the live finals – almost two decades after he originally failed to convince Simon Cowell on the very first Pop Idol. “Simon got it so wrong seventeen years ago!” she smirked. “Thank you so much, I can’t believe it!” he replied.

Therefore, Ayda’s final four Overs are Olatunji Yearwood, Janice Robinson, Giovanni Spano and Danny Tetley.

The X Factor goes live from Saturday 20 October with the live final airing in December

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Mornings on ITV will be fully live from the start of 2020 under a new schedule announced today.

From 6 January, Good Morning Britain will be extended by half an hour to run from 6am until 9am, Lorraine will move to 9am, followed at 10am by This Morning, also extended by 30 minutes, before Loose Women at 12.30pm, ending at 1.30pm.

Emma Gormley, Managing Director ITV Daytime, which produces all of the shows, said: “The ITV daytime teams consists of the very best on screen and off screen talent in the business, enabling us to set the agenda from early morning until the afternoon, as we pass the baton from show to show.  We can’t wait to bring our audiences an even greater abundance of personalities, surprises, warmth and humour and a bigger and better schedule for 2020.”

Kevin Lygo, ITV Director of Television, said: “Live television is at the core of what ITV does and what we bring to viewers.  Our new schedule presents the opportunity to engage with our audience throughout the first part of each day, with some of the most well-known shows on television, in a way that no other channel does.” 

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I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is back which can mean only one thing…

Leaving their plush pads and luxuries far behind, our celebrity campers will spend up to three weeks taking on the harsh surroundings of the Australian Jungle, with a whole host of brand new nasty surprises created just for them.

The ten celebrities heading into the Jungle for the new series are:

Ex footballer and broadcaster – Ian Wright MBE
Pop star – Nadine Coyle
‘Rak-Su’ singer – Myles Stephenson
Radio 1 DJ – Adele Roberts
Comedian – Andrew Maxwell
Soap Star– Jacqueline Jossa
Capital Radio DJ – Roman Kemp
Olympian and TV personality – Caitlyn Jenner
Ex England rugby player – James Haskell
TV and radio presenter – Kate Garraway

Whoever does end up in the terrifying and legendary Jungle camp will find themselves cut off from the outside world and praying the public doesn’t send them straight into a dreaded Bushtucker Trial.

Who will be crowned this year’s King or Queen of the Jungle? Find out this Autumn on ITV.

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly will present all the big stories live from the Jungle every night.

And remember – I’m A Celebrity…Extra Camp is back every night on ITV2 with a brand new presenting line up directly after the ITV show.

IAN WRIGHT MBE (EX FOOTBALLER & BROADCASTER)

Phobias: Some of those things [snakes, rats and creepy crawlies] will make me squirm but I will deal with them when I am in there!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I am going in as me and I am not going in to try to be anything different.
Role in the camp: Help out with all the activities.
Miss most: Aside from my family, football.
Dream camper: Someone who has knowledge and wisdom.
Missing any special occasion: Football punditry work commitments
Relationship status: Married

Arsenal and England football legend Ian Wright reveals he sought the advice of his friend and former winner, Harry Redknapp, after deliberating over whether to finally accept an offer to appear on this year’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

Ian – who is now one of TV’s best-known football pundits – says he has rejected countless approaches in the past because he felt there was too much jeopardy involved.

But after being impressed by Harry’s efforts in the Jungle last year and seeing the camaraderie formed around the campfire, he decided he’d love to take part in what he describes as a ‘brilliant family entertainment show’.

“When I was first approached this year, we thought about it for ages as it is not something where you think ‘ah I will do that’,” reveals Ian, who is also affectionately referred to as ‘Wrighty’.

“I have been asked to do it every year and every time, I have always thought I am definitely not doing that because there was more and more jeopardy involved. “But I think the last series was one of the best I have seen in respect of camaraderie.”

“Harry and I play golf together and we spoke about it. He had a really great time, it was a fantastic thing for him to do and he is still talking about it to this day!”

“Now it does appeal to me at this particular time. I like the vibe, it is a really cool show and I am really intrigued.”

And the 56-year-old reckons that now he has signed on the dotted line, the ‘football fraternity’, especially fans of Spurs who are his former club’s arch rival, will be voting in their droves for him to take part in the trials.

“The football fraternity will be watching,” admits Ian. “Not only do they want to see me do well but for the ones who may not be so keen on me will want to see me go through stuff that they would never dream of!”

“And it’s the Spurs fans opportunity to get me back! I’ve caused them so much heartache (in the past)!”

Readily admitting he will find the lack of technology and small food rations tough, Ian says he is going to miss being able to catch up on the latest football games terribly.

“I am definitely going to miss football. I don’t think I have ever been in a situation where I have been that isolated from the game in my life.”

“I am also going to miss my family. I speak to my missus every day and it’s going to be a test.” A very easy-going person, Ian says he will help around the camp as much as possible and try to make sure there are no major fallouts. “I am not going in to be an entertainer or cook,” he stresses. “But I will help where I can. I think things will happen naturally and you will deal with it.”

“Snakes, rats and creepy crawlies are also not the kind of thing I would have in my bedroom! Some of those things will make me squirm but I will deal with them when I am in there. And to be honest, I am trying not to think about it too much because if you do, you could tie yourself in knots!” Swamped with work, Ian stresses going on the programme is not to boost his profile. “I am in a position where everything is going really well,” he adds. “I’ve got some great things with football, England, the Premier League. I don’t need people to like me! Whenever I come out, I am working again.”

As for whether he thinks he can win or not he admits it would be the icing on the cake if he was crowned the winner. Says Ian: “The prestige of becoming ‘King of the Jungle’ is great kudos. You have seen how popular Harry has become but you can’t go in trying to win. People watch the show and they see different qualities in everyone that they like or may not like…”

NADINE COYLE (POP STAR)

Phobias: Heights, rats, snakes – everything!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: There’s nothing I can think of. This is so outside my comfort zone!
Role in the camp: Cook and someone who is there to help with chores. Miss most: My daughter, Anaiya.
Dream camper: Nadiya Hussain – she would be great for cooking us meals.
Missing any special occasion: No
Relationship status: Single.

Former Girls Aloud singer, Nadine Coyle, has revealed she signed up for I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! in a bid to dispel her fear of trying anything new.

The 34-year-old explains since she became a Mum to her daughter, Anaiya, she has lost her gutsy attitude and become quite fearful of simple things in life like flying.

And by signing up for I’m a Celebrity, she hopes stepping outside her comfort zone will give her renewed confidence.

“I really want to try something completely new. I am scared of so many things. I used to be brave. In the past, I’ve opened a restaurant, had a record label, had my daughter and it was go, go, go with all of these. Now I have got so fearful even being in the car, flying or general things. I think it is since I became a parent that I am much more afraid.”

“I really hope that by doing this, it pushes me so far out the comfort zone and that I learn to be comfortable, feel relaxed and do the things that I didn’t used to be afraid of.”

Admitting she feels like it is a surreal dream now the day is fast approaching when she enters the Jungle with the other celebrities, Nadine says she is dreading being apart from her daughter. If she doesn’t get voted out first, it will be the longest they have been apart. “I have been away for ten days for work before but not longer,” she says. “I am dreading being away from everybody and not being able to phone and say ‘how are you doing?’ ‘How is my daughter?’.

“I am excited but it also feels like a dream still. I know it is going to be a whole different story when I get out there!”

She hopes her experience of running a restaurant will prove helpful in the camp when it comes to cooking meals even though she has never actually lit a fire outside before. “There is going to be so much new stuff to learn,” she explains. “I’ve never boiled water on a fire, chopped firewood, slept outside – I do hope I learn stuff about me and it’s the next phase.”

Recently single again, Nadine isn’t sure how she will cope surviving on beans and rice. “I think I am very typical (of lots of people),” she says, “If you go too long without stuff then horrible things can happen. My personality goes straight out the window! I am one of two personalities – I go quiet by trying to conserve the energy and the other is raging and going ‘noooo’!”

Her family, she goes on to add, have mixed emotions about Nadine’s decision to do the programme. “Some of my friends and family were really shocked,” she admits. “They asked me what I was doing and pointed out I was afraid of my own shadow! But I am just hoping my Jungle lady will come out!

“My sister’s husband is an ex marine. He did offer to do some marine training with me in the run up to it but I thought that was a bit too extreme!”

I’m A Celebrity is Nadine’s first big TV project but she stresses she is not doing it to further her career. “What I like about this is people are relying on you and it’s such an amazing opportunity,” she adds.

“And I am not even going there when it comes to the idea of winning! I have no Jungle experience and I can’t even imagine myself being in it.”

“I just want to enjoy it all. I am the middle sister in my family and so I do think I am good at being neutral in these kinds of situations. I hope I can help anybody in any way I can…”

MYLES STEPHENSON (Rak-Su Singer)

Phobias: Bugs and spiders – I have to get my family members to get rid of them for me!

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: Nothing. I am a pretty normal person. I even go to the shops in my PJs!

Role in the camp: Cook

Miss most: My PlayStation. I love gaming!

Dream camper: Sir Elton John. I admire him so much and he’s a Watford boy too.

Missing any special occasion: No

Relationship status: Single

He is one of this year’s Jungle bachelors but RakSu star, Myles Stephenson, has ruled out finding romance in the Jungle.

Smiling, the 28-year-old insists he wants to embrace single life and he definitely doesn’t want to find love under the stars.

But the 2017 X Factor winner says he can’t wait to get stuck into camp life on I’m a Celebrity and meet his idols – Ant and Dec.

Myles says: “Going on I’m a Celebrity is going to be so much harder than doing The X Factor but I am so excited. I have watched it for years and it is something I have always wanted to do.”

“I am a massive fan of the show and Ant and Dec. They were the reason I was a Newcastle FC fan initially growing up! Spending time with them and potentially people you have idolised over the years is so exciting.”

On finding love on the show, he adds: “I am single. I have just got out of a relationship but I think I want to be single for a bit and embrace single life!”

Describing himself as a ‘passionate’ cook, Myles promises to give it his best shot when trying to rustle up food from basic rations.

“I love cooking and I cook every night if I am not touring,” he reveals. “My favourite meal is Beef Wellington or West Indian food. You don’t get much to mess around with in the Jungle but I will try my best.”

Little food won’t be a problem either for the pop star. “I am alright on little food,” he explains. “If I am in the right mentality, I can work perfectly fine with minimal food as I am used to it. Obviously it is a totally different environment in the Jungle though!”

Listing Sir Elton John as his ideal campmate, Myles laughs as he admits he may well burst into song to try and lift everyone’s spirits. “If I am in a good mood I will definitely sing one of my songs,” he chuckles. “I will try and keep up everyone’s spirits. It would be nice to entertain. At the same time, I will be respectful to everyone if they want quiet time.”

But the upbeat star admits he doesn’t know how he is going to cope facing the trials – particularly as he is scared of bugs and spiders. “I know my family are going to be wetting themselves laughing watching me do Bushtucker Trials. Anything involving small confined spaces or bugs is going to be hard!”

“And it’s going to be so weird not being able to call someone. I will miss my PlayStation so much too. I am passionate about gaming.”

He says his Rak-Su band mates can’t wait to watch him. “I know they will vote to try and make me do the trials,” he adds. “They are really supportive and they totally understand. I would love to stay in the band but if other opportunities come along my way as well after this, you have to take it by the scruff of the neck. They would do the same. I would never hold them back.”

And whilst he admits he is a very competitive person, he says he wants to embrace the experience rather than going all out to win it. “This is about team work,” he explains. “I want to embrace the moment. Of course it would be a dream come true to be crowned ‘King of the Jungle’ as this is such a big TV programme and I know it would mean a serious amount to my friends and family.”

“But I am just excited to be a part of it! I feel a winner already to be on it and it feels so surreal. I am a pretty normal person who goes to the shops in my PJs! I can’t wait.”

ADELE ROBERTS (RADIO 1 DJ)

Phobias: Spiders – I am so petrified!

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I can’t think of any

Role in the camp: Cleaner and I’ll set up a pretend radio studio in the camp to inject some fun

Miss most: My girlfriend, family and music – a day doesn’t go by when I am not listening to it

Dream camper: Rita Ora – she is amazing

Missing any special occasion: My Dad’s birthday and he doesn’t know yet that I am going in the Jungle!

Relationship status: Has a girlfriend

Radio 1 presenter, Adele Roberts, readily admits she will fall to pieces if she spots a spider around the Jungle campfire.

Adele – who has hosted the BBC’s early morning show for more than four years – says her phobia of the eight-legged insect is so bad that she has to have cedar blocks around her house to prevent them from daring to enter it.

“I’ve only camped once and that was the worst night of my life,” she reveals. “I hate spiders. If I see one, I can’t speak, I freeze and I do this weird thing where I wring my hands together!

“I don’t know where it has come from but as I have got older, I have hated them more and it has now got to the point where I have to have cedar blocks in my house!”

“I am not too fussed about anything else but I have never even met a snake and so I don’t know how I am going to react! It’s the same with rats. On paper, they are cute but in real life they might be massive!”

Asked whether she has contemplated being hypnotised to quell her fear of spiders before she enters the camp and Adele replies: “I should! But I feel you are in there with people who are willing you on. I am hoping that will push me over the line and attack my fear rather than being controlled by it.”

Incredibly excited to be fulfilling a lifelong ambition to appear on the programme, Adele is the first celebrity to view the Jungle as a chance to have a lie in. Sleep deprivation, she explains, won’t be an issue given she has spent the last four years getting up at 2am to host her early morning show on Radio 1.

“My show is on so early, we have to make our own fun and so I have got some games we can play if I feel like we are getting bored.”

“I am thinking that I might make a little studio in the camp and draw a line. When people cross over the line, they are in my studio and I will interview them (like I do on my radio programme).”

A very non-confrontational person, Adele is predicting, however, she will burst into tears. “I get emotional when I don’t have food,” she reveals. “There will be some tears! But I am hoping to learn lots about myself when I am in the Jungle.”

“If other opportunities do come my way, I want to make the most of them rather than ignoring them.”

Laughing, Adele also promises if she does get crowned ‘Queen of the Jungle’, she will walk around with the winning crown forever more. “Wow if that happened, I would never let the stick go,” she adds. “I will carry on wearing the hat for the rest of my life!

ANDREW MAXWELL (COMEDIAN)

Phobias: I don’t like the look of any of those guys – the insects and creepy crawlies!

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: Nothing – I am just going to be myself

Role in the camp: The person who cleans out the toilet every day and who collects the logs

Miss most: My wife, children, beer and football

Dream camper: Geoff Capes

Missing any special occasion: Other than my stand-up gigs, no

Relationship status: Married

Stand-up comedian, Andrew Maxwell has put insects on his face to help him prepare for life in the Jungle

And despite being a self-confessed news junkie, the 45-year-old also reveals he is glad he has the perfect excuse to miss listening to the politicians in the run-up to the general election.

Andrew explains “I am a massive current affairs junkie but to be honest, even I have had enough (of politics!). I will still vote in the general election but the idea of missing all the guff because I am doing a Bushtucker Trial does tickle me quite a bit!”

“I am really looking forward to being in Australia and being part of this year’s I’m a Celebrity. It was a no brainer when they asked me and I said ‘yes’ immediately.”

“In fact on the day of my meeting, we were clearing out our basement at home and there was a spider. I picked it up and put it on my face for a bit of practice!”

Rather than worrying about being away from his home comforts like technology and his bed, the comedian says he loves the idea of being in one place for a month. “My life is touring,” he adds. “And so the idea of not having to go to an airport, train station for a month…wow! That will be nice.”

“I also think you just have to accept the food rations as it is. My whole adult life has been on the road. It means you miss out on meals, maybe even two, and you just have to soak it all up.”

Asked whether he will try and entertain his fellow contestants with some stand-up routines and it’s a resounding yes. But he also laughs as he declares he is more than happy to be the ‘person who cleans out the toilet and collects the logs’.

“My littlest is two and so I am still in the world of wiping away poo anyway,” admits the Dad of three. “I have a long-standing reputation as someone who is willing to clean out the toilet in my mate’s caravan after a three day music festival too!”

Andrew confides the hardest challenge will be being separated from his wife and three children. “We speak every day and I will miss them a lot,” he says. “Half the worry is knowing how they are. But they will be able to communicate with each other and look after each other and they will know where I am!”

So is doing I’m a Celebrity tougher than performing a stand-up gig? Andrew thinks both are equally challenging. “They are both hard, “ he replies. “Every time you walk out on stage, you have no idea what you are going to encounter! You walk through a magic door! And with I’m a Celebrity, you are going to have creepy crawlies on your face!”

He says his family find it ‘hilarious’ he is taking part this year and he thinks his fellow comedians will also find it funny when they discover he is going in the Jungle.

“My family will definitely be voting for me to do the trials. They find it hilarious.”

And how will he feel to be crowned the ‘King of the Jungle’? “I will be really chuffed if I win,” he replies. “But with something like this, it is so much more pleasant to live the experience. Yes it will be uncomfortable, wet and there will be mosquitos and spiders but what an amazing opportunity this is.”

JACQUELINE JOSSA (SOAP STAR)

Phobias: Insects, creatures, spiders – everything

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I think some people see me as a pushover or doormat – I am not.

Role in the camp: Shoulder to cry on

Miss most: My children, husband, family and social media!

Dream camper: Jamie Oliver would be wicked. He would be able to cook in the camp

Missing any special occasion: No

Relationship status: Married

Former EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa reveals she is looking forward to a phone detox in the Jungle as she predicts her soap friends will be shocked to discover she is a contestant because she ‘doesn’t do creatures’.

And the 27-year-old – who quit in 2018 as Lauren Branning in the BBC1 drama after eight years – also admits the toughest part of taking part in this year’s I’m a Celebrity is going to be entering as herself rather than as a fictional character.

“It’s going to be so difficult going in as me and that’s definitely going to be the hardest part,” says Jacqueline. “I have never done a show where I have been myself.”

“And I am also scared of everything – especially spiders! They are the worst, there will be tears!”

“My old colleagues on EastEnders are going to be shocked. I don’t think they can imagine me in there. I don’t like creatures. It is not my thing.”

“I have also never done rock climbing, jumped out of a plane or camped in my life. I am not that kind of girl.”

“But having said all that, I am really excited. This is something completely different and it’s going to be a totally new experience.”

“I am also looking forward to not being on my phone and Instagram all the time. It will be a detox for me.”

The TV actress also hopes to dispel some misconceptions about her. “I think people think I am a pushover or a doormat,” she explains.

“I also think some people pity me. I want to show I am fine, I am up for a laugh and that I will go for it and try my best.”

A mum to two young children, Jacqueline readily admits, however, she is going to find it very tough being separated from them. “This is definitely the longest I have ever been away from them and that is going to be really hard,” she says.

“I didn’t know how to face even telling them. In the end, I thought the best idea was to say ‘mummy is going away for work’ and I would see them soon. My family is so close-knit and I will miss them all terribly

What does her husband, ex TOWIE star Dan Osborne, think about her decision to take part? “He thinks I am going to be good,” she replies. “He is excited and he’s coming over to meet me when I come out.”

As for her role in the camp, Jacqueline thinks she will be a shoulder to cry on but the actress warns she doesn’t know how she will cope with little sleep and food. “I can get hangry,” she admits. “I do love my food but I am going in with an open mind. It’s also going to be great getting to know everyone and if I lose any weight, I won’t mind. I will put it back on at Christmas anyway!”

Asked how she would feel if she won this year’s I’m a Celebrity and Jacqueline replies: “Obviously I would love to win but you don’t go into it wanting to. This is one of those shows where you come out feeling proud of what you have done.”

“If doing this programme opens doors for me then that would be so exciting. There are loads of things I would love to do, both acting and presenting.”

ROMAN KEMP (CAPITAL FM DJ)

Phobias: Cotton wool and I won’t like trials in the dark

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I am always referred to as Martin Kemp’s son so it would be nice for everyone to get to know me a bit better

Role in the camp: The person who will do all the jobs nobody wants to do

Miss most: My parents and my girlfriend

Dream camper: Thierry Henry – I am a massive Arsenal fan!

Missing any special occasion: Other than my breakfast show, Capital Radio’s Jingle Bell ball. I have never ever missed it before

Relationship status: Dating

He is happy to crawl around with spiders and creepy crawlies but put Capital Radio’s Roman Kemp in a coffin with cotton wool and he will most definitely freak out.

Laughing as he readily admits he has some ‘strange fears’, the breakfast show DJ reveals it would be his worst nightmare if there were a new Bushtucker Trial involving his big phobia – cotton wool! “Some of the fears I have got are odd. I have got a strange fear of cotton wool. Why am I scared? It’s the texture and sound of it. I can’t even talk about it without getting scared and I definitely can’t touch it!”

“I don’t know when this fear first started but the only way I can describe it is like a nail going down a chalkboard – it has that effect on me. I hate it so much that if I am in a coffin with cotton wool, then that is going to be the worst thing ever for me!”

“I am fine though with things like insects and spiders!”

A huge fan of I’m a Celebrity, Roman says he wants to throw himself into every aspect of the show – whether that is helping with the jobs nobody wants to do like fetching fire wood or cleaning out the dunny.

“I am not scared of the eating trials because I grew up with Dad’s cooking! I think the eating ones I will hate but I will do them. The show is iconic and you want to do everything.”

His Dad is, of course, Martin Kemp. Roman’s mum is Shirlie Kemp. So what do they think of their son taking part in I’m a Celebrity?

“My Dad loves it,” replies Roman. “He is ready to find the worst freeze frame possible of my face and put it out on social media! Mum will say she hates it up until the day I get in there. Once she sees the show, understands it and grasps I am in there, I think she will be alright. She is really nervous though!”

“But I love this programme so much. I love it when it kicks off with the first show and you see Ant and Dec arrive.”

“I will be happy to get rid of social media but the thing I will miss most is speaking to my parents and my girlfriend.”

He says he hasn’t even thought about what it would feel like to be crowned ‘King of the Jungle’ but he thinks his colleagues at Capital Radio will laugh out loud when they discover he is one of this year’s contestants. “We have been on lockdown at work in the run up to this,” he adds. “But of the people who are aware of it, they can’t wait to see how much of an idiot I will be!”

CAITLYN JENNER (OLYMPIAN & TV PRESONALITY)

Phobias: None but like everyone, insects do gross me out

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: To show I am exactly the same person as I have always been

Role in the camp: To be there for everyone in the camp and to help with chores

Miss most: My family, friends, house – everything!

Dream camper: Kanye West ‘he is a good friend of mine and he’s good to have an intelligent and interesting conversation with’

Missing any special occasion: Thanksgiving

Relationship status: ‘I have lots of friends’

American TV star, Caitlyn Jenner outlines why she has taken on the challenge of TV’s toughest Entertainment show, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! – and she predicts it will be tough.

“I did the US version of this and it was a very interesting experience last time I did it,” explains the star

“Being in the Jungle is certainly not easy and yes, it is totally back to basics but I thought this would be a great opportunity to leave everything behind for three weeks. Last time, it was almost like a cleansing of the soul!”

Readily admitting she will find dealing with her fellow contestants the toughest part of doing I’m A Celebrity, she thinks her second time in camp will be a very different experience.

“Dealing with other people is by far the hardest thing,” she explains. “It’s much more difficult than dealing with the most poisonous snakes in the world. That’s easy – just stay away from them!”

“You can’t get away from the other people and it will be a very different experience for me. Last time, I did it with a bunch of people from the States who I knew of. This time it’s a bunch of people from the UK who I potentially won’t know. But I love going over to the UK, I love the British people and I am looking forward to making some new friends, new allies and getting through it all.”

Eating rice and beans is not, however, an issue for Caitlyn who describes herself as the type of person who is happy to muck in with all of the camp chores. She also promises to be on hand to solve any arguments

“I am definitely a peace maker and I do think I bring people together. I am also very handy making things and I am good at boiling water. I will also keep the fire going and when it starts raining, I will make little streams to go outside the camp rather than through it!’

Asked if she is scared of heights or any animals and Caitlyn reveals she doesn’t have major phobias but she does concede the idea of insects crawling all over her whilst sleeping ‘grosses her out’.

Caitlyn has ten children, including Kylie and Kendall Jenner. She is also related to Kim Kardashian who is the daughter of Caitlyn’s former wife, Kris. So what does her famous family think about Caitlyn going on I’m a Celebrity? Laughing, she says they did ask her why she wanted to do it but stresses: “I said, you know what, I need a break, I like challenges.”

To be crowned ‘Queen of the Jungle’, adds Caitlyn, would be a big validation that she had made the right decision to do I’m a Celebrity again.

“I hope the UK loves me!” she says. “I will go into the Jungle with a good attitude and a good sense of humour.”

JAMES HASKELL (EX-ENGLAND RUGBY PLAYER)

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Phobias: I’m not going to tell you!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I’m going in the Jungle to have a fun time but I’ve always done this lad bravado kind of thing and actually I am really different
Role in the camp: I will help around the camp with all the jobs
Miss most: My wife, technology and not being able to read a book
Dream camper: Idris Elba
Missing any special occasion: No
Relationship status: Married

Former England rugby union player, James Haskell, admits to having ‘big shoes to fill’ if he wants to emulate the popularity of his famous in-laws – Richard & Judy – on this year’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

But the 34-year-old says the chance to take part in the award-winning ITV series came at the perfect moment after his rugby World Cup dreams were dashed earlier this year when he had to retire due to injury.

James – who enjoyed a 17-year career that saw him play for England, Wasps and Northampton – admits: “A lot of my team mates had said in the past ‘wouldn’t it be fun if you went into the Jungle’ but I always laughed as a) I thought nobody would approach me and b) I thought I was going to be in the World Cup but I retired sooner than I thought!”

“And so to be asked is such a special opportunity. You will get to test yourself in amazing surroundings and find out a little bit more about yourself. I am excited.”

Going on to reflect on his wife and in-laws’ reaction to the news he was going in the Jungle, he adds: “ I have a fantastic relationship with them (Richard & Judy) and they are very supportive. They are massive fans of the show and they will be out in Australia.”

“Chloe, my wife, thinks it is fantastic too. She is really excited and I think she will love it. But I will miss her a lot. We have been inseparable for five years and we speak two to three times a day.”

“It will be a massive change (not being able to chat to her) and I think I will end up talking about her a lot.”

Desperate to keep a lid on what he is frightened of – ‘my poker face isn’t very good and so you will work out pretty quickly what I am terrified of’ – the sportsman has already tried fasting for a day to see how he will feel. “It was pretty horrific,” he says, laughing as he does. “I managed to go 24 hours without killing anyone and so that was ok but you just do not know how your body is going to react (once you go in). You also don’t want to make a fool of yourself either!”

He says he will definitely muck in with all the jobs and he may even try and train in the Jungle. But he knows he will divide opinion. James says: “I am very aware I am like marmite – you either love me or hate me. I created this persona amusingly for jokes about being a lad. But I am not like that at all. I am not going in to try to change perception. I just want to have fun!”

He does, however, concede it is going to be tough at times. Asked whether doing I’m a Celebrity will be harder than playing a rugby game he replies: “The mental side of things can be very tough and I am going in with an open mind. I also think there will be an expectation that I will be good at challenges as maybe I look the part physically but I might be absolutely terrified!”

As for how he would feel to be crowned ‘King of the Jungle’ and James replies: “It would be unbelievable. But I just want to enjoy it all.”

KATE GARRAWAY (TV & RADIO PRESENTER)

Phobias: Spiders, heights, being in a box covered with snakes – I am terrified of absolutely everything

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: Nothing, I want to go in the Jungle and fly the flag for the older woman

Role in the camp: Cooking for everyone

Miss most: My family and not being able to check the news headlines about the latest Brexit developments

Dream camper: The Queen – she would be the best campmate in the world!

Missing any special occasion: Lorraine Kelly’s 60th party and Richard Arnold’s 50th party!

Relationship status: Married

Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway hopes her fear of heights, insects and bugs in the Jungle will give the nation a laugh and provide much needed light relief from the Brexit political wrangles.

And the 52-year-old news junkie jokes she is going to ban everyone in the camp talking about whether Britain should ‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’ in Europe. Says Kate: “I am a news junkie and I can’t remember a time when I haven’t read a paper or even when I am abroad, watched the news on a TV or your phone. But maybe one of the joys of doing I’m a Celebrity will be not talking about Brexit! Maybe that could be this year’s thing and nobody is allowed to talk about Brexit because I have been talking about Brexit since the year before the referendum!”

“I am terrified of all of the things in the Jungle, especially heights – it is the crazy heights on thin bits suspended on bits of metal or wood. Or if you are in a little box with creepy crawlies or snakes in it!”

“But I am excited about doing the show because as you get older, you realise you don’t get many chances for pure adventure in life. I am going to give it a good shot and everyone can have a laugh and I hope it takes their mind off Brexit!”

Readily admitting she isn’t sure how she will fare with any of the challenges, Kate reveals her two children, Darcey and William, were also partly responsible for why she has decided to take part in this year’s I’m a Celebrity. “They are partly responsible for me doing it because they love the show so much,” she explains. “I don’t think they think I will be able to do it. Derek, my husband, is also excited about me doing this.

She says her GMB colleagues will have a shock when they find out she is taking part especially as she kept it a secret from them beforehand. “I can’t trust them to keep a secret,” she says as she explains why she didn’t tell them. “But I do think Ben Shepherd is going to be beyond delighted when he finds out as for years he has said ‘OMG I’d love to see you on the show. You are just so hilarious and I think you will be good’.

“He thinks I will be incredibly useless and I know he will have great pleasure seeing me squirm.”

Asked what role she will play around the campfire and Kate reveals she is ‘quite a good cook’. “But I think one of the worst crimes is probably to burn the rice when you are only given a little bit”

She isn’t sure if she will get emotional during her time on the programme but she insists the boredom won’t bother her. “I think that will be the fun bit,” she declares. “It’s a chance to get to know your campmates. I do like to talk! I am looking forward to getting to know everyone.”

“I’d love the Queen to join us in the camp! She’s so strong and tough, she’d take no nonsense! Everyone would be so gripped by her stories that you would never get bored. She would be the ultimate campmate but I think she might be a bit busy

Does Kate see herself as Queen of the I’m a Celebrity Jungle? “Oh gosh that is not what it is about for me,” she replies. “This is about having an amazing adventure. It’s not going to happen…Let’s not dream!