Reality star Olivia Atwood, 28, has revealed she’s set to join this year’s line up for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and is in talks with the show’s producers.
Olivia, who rose to fame on Love Island in 2017, flew to Australia to take part in I’m A Celebrity’s Extra Camp in 2018, when she tried her hand at a Bushtucker Trial.
But, now she’s ready to go into the show for real and told The Sun she’s in having “ongoing conversations” with the show’s bosses.
She said: “There have been conversations with I’m A Celebrity. It’s ongoing.
“It would be my dream to do the jungle. I’ve made no qualms about that. It’s such an iconic show.”
Olivia also told the Daily Star that taking part in I’m A Celebrity Extra Camp “gave her a taste” for the show.
The reality star, who recently joined The Only Way Is Essex cast for the latest series, isn’t the only former islander to be tipped to appear on the show this year.
Amy Hart, 27, who had her heart broken by Curtis Pritchard, 23, in the villa this year, started a campaign to get herself in the jungle for the show.
The former air steward said she’d “absolutely love” to go on the reality programme and told Toby Anstis on Heart Dance Breakfast that she wouldn’t mind doing the gruesome eating challenges on the show. She said: “I’m sure if you were that hungry you’d do it.”
But, one thing she would find difficult to face in the jungle is rats, as they are her worst fear. She explained: “I hate rats. I hate rats. That’s the only thing. Like I can deal with the Spiders and stuff, I can deal with all the creepy crawlies but it’s the rats. They put me in that coffin with rats.”
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Another contestant from this year’s Love island who’s been tipped for the show is Maura Higgins, 28, who is now dating Amy’s ex Curtis. While Maura was in the villa earlier this year, her fans started a Twitter campaign to get her on I’m A Celeb.
A Twitter account called @superTV247 started the online petition by sharing a screenshot of what appeared to be a conversation between @supert247 and ITV’s Twitter account.
The screenshot showed a message from the account asking: “How many RTs for you to put Maura Higgins in the jungle?
ITV then appeared to reply to the message, saying: “10,000,” with a sunglasses emoji. The @superTV247 account then shared a screenshot of the conversation and a snap of Maura looking excited and said: “This is an official petition for Maura Higgins of #LoveIsland to be cast in this tears I’m A Celebrity please retweet.” [sic]
The tweet received more than 23,000 retweets, but some speculated the conversation between the account and ITV had been faked.
Other celebs who are rumoured to be flying to Aus this year include Ulrika Jonsson, 52, Jacqueline Jossa, 26, James Lock, 32, Stacey Dooley, 32, and even Gemma Collins, 38, who quit the jungle in 2014 after just three days.
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Coronation Street actor Alan Halsall, 37, dropped a major hint that he could be taking part in the series this year, too.
The actor, who plays Tyrone Hobbs on the ITV soap, posted a photo of himself wearing workout gear, a backpack and boots while sat on a rock next to a body of water and surrounded by greenery.
Alan tagged the location as “somewhere in the middle of nowhere,” and teased fans about going on I’m A Celebrity as he wrote in the caption: “……..it’s a jungle out there,” along with a caterpillar and winking emoji.
It’s not just the celebrity contestants that fans of the series can expect to change, as Ant McPartlin, 43, is also set to return as the show’s co-host along his television right-hand-man, Declan Donnelly, 43.
Last year, Holly Willoughby, 38, filled in for Ant who took time off from presenting following his drink-driving charge. Blonde bombshell Holly brought record numbers into the series, but creative director of the show Richard Cowles predicts this year’s series will be “amazing” with Ant’s return.
He said: “We love what Holly did, but we’re very much looking forward to Ant coming back and I think it’s going to be an amazing series.
“I think the job is for us to create a series and cast where everyone wants to come back and watch more, so I’m not worried. “I’m looking forward to seeing Ant and Dec back again.”
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