THERE is already speculation about who will be the next batch of stars to sign up to I’m A Celebrity 2018 for a stint in the jungle down-under.
But who are they? And when will the show return? Here’s all we know…
ITV I’m a Celebrity will return with a brand new batch of stars for 2018
When is I’m a Celebrity back on TV?
No date has been confirmed for I’m A Celebrity 2018.
But it’s likely to start in November and end in December 2018.
ITV will again air the show after agreeing on a new two-year-deal before the start of the last series.
The show usually runs for three weeks.
However, on May 15, 2018 it was revealed that I’m A Celebrity fans fear this year’s show will be cancelled as Declan Donnelly is due to have a baby and his co-presenter Ant McPartlin remains in recovery following his drink drive conviction.
What is I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here?
I’m A Celebrity is an ITV reality TV series.
It sees 12 celebrities live together in the Australian jungle for around three weeks.
They have no luxuries, and compete to be crowned king or queen of the jungle.
The campmates must endure daily Bushtucker Trails, which often consist of being enclosed in small spaces and being showered with bugs – or in the worst case… eating them.
The show is hosted by Ant and Dec.
Ant and Dec return as hosts of I’m a Celebrity 2018
Will Ant be hosting I’m A Celebrity 2018?
No, he won’t! The Sun’s Bizarre column has exclusively confirmed that Ant will not be returning to I’m A Celebrity in 2018.
In an exclusive statement to The Sun, the 42-year-old today announced he will be off until at least 2019 – also ruling himself out of next year’s series of Takeaway because pre-production work would need to begin imminently.
He said: “My recovery is going very well and for that to continue having spoken to Dec and ITV, I have made the decision to take the rest of the year off.
“I’d like to thank both Dec and ITV for their continued support and I look forward to getting back to work in the new year.”
Dec, also 42, will still head to Australia to front I’m A Celebrity without his partner for the first time, but a decision has not yet been taken over whether he will host the programme single-handedly or with a guest co-host.
Dec explained: “Whilst I am obviously sad at the thought of being without my best friend in Australia this year, I am proud of the work Ant has been doing privately and I am fully supportive of his decision.
“I’m looking forward to us both being reunited on screen in 2019.”
ITV Director of Television Kevin Lygo said: “ITV is completely supportive of Ant taking as much time as he needs in his recovery and of this mutual decision to rest Takeaway in 2019.
“Ant is clearly making good progress and we wish him all the very best and look forward to him returning to ITV next year.
“An announcement on I’m A Celebrity plans will be made in due course.”
Who are the rumoured celebrities going into the jungle?
Getty Images – Getty Nick Knowles is said to have been offered a six-figure sum
TV presenter Nick has reportedly been offered a healthy six-figure paycheck to appear on the new series.
ITV are so desperate to get the DIY SOS presenter into the jungle, they’re prepared to spend huge amounts of cash, say insiders.
“They know Nick is incredibly popular, and they think he’d be great TV,” says a source.
“Women love him, men respect him – and it’d be interesting to see if he’s as practical in the camp as he is on a building site.
“He’s been offered the show a few times before, but this year they really want him on it so they’re bending over backwards and offering him big money.”
Nick has hosted several reality shows in the past – but never actually appeared on one as a contestant.
Actress Emily Atack is rumoured to have signed up to the next I’m A Celeb series
Emily has reportedly been signed up for a trip Down Under in the hopes that it could boost her career.
A jungle insider said: “I’m A Celeb approached Emily a while ago and she jumped at the chance.
“She is fed up of doing indie movies and wants some stability in the UK with a big telly gig with lots of coverage.”
Emily played Charlotte Hinchcliffe, the love interest of Simon Bird’s Will McKenzie in E4’s The Inbetweeners from 2008 to 2010.
SWNS:South West News Service Former Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers hopes to go on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Geordie Shore star turned MMA star Aaron Chalmers told The Sun how he wants to go on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The Newcastle fighter, who quit the MTV show in January 2018, believes his competitiveness would make him the perfect team-mate in camp.
Rex Features Christine McGuinness is rumoured to be heading Down Under in 2018
Paddy McGuinness‘ wife is said to be on ITV bosses’ wish list who hope that she’d lift the lid on their relationship drama.
Their marriage hit the headlines when Paddy was pictured on a boozy night out with singer Nicole Appleton.
Speaking on This Morning, Christine claimed she’d be a jungle wimp, and said: “It would be like having Helen Flanagan back on the show – I’m petrified of everything!”
Eva, played by Catherine Tyldesley, will be leaving the soap soon
With Catherine leaving Coronation Street she’ll have some time on her hands coming up and is one of the favourites with the bookies to enter the jungle.
The Sun’s Bizarre column revealed last December that Catherine will leave Weatherfield this summer and had arranged her exit with ITV bosses.
In an interview with OK! she revealed that she is taking time out to go travelling with her husband and three-year-old son.
Getty – Contributor Frankie Bridge has moved from music to TV, so I’m a Celebrity could be her next challenge
Frankie has been known to dabble in TV since The Saturdays finished.
She was a big hit on Strictly in 2014 and could now be heading into the jungle for her next challenge.
Her husband Wayne Bridge was also on the show in 2016, which means she knows what she is letting herself in for.
Ronnie O’Sullivan is regarded by many as snooker’s greatest ever player
Snooker player Ronnie is also being tipped to head into the outback.
The five-time world champ could be looking for a new challenge – but is he ready take on the I’m a Celebrity jungle?
�ITV Plc Jack Maynard entered I’m A Celebrity 2017 but left after only three days – could he be going back in?
Jack could make a sensational return to the jungle after being booted off the show in 2017.
The YouTube star had only been on the show for a few days when he was kicked off.
He was asked to leave after some racist Tweets were uncovered on his account.
ITV Could Gemma Collins be heading back to the jungle for a second stint?
Could it also be second time lucky for Gemma?
The Towie star, lasted just three days in the jungle four years ago.
After she quit she revealed the personal torment that led to her exit, amid allegations she was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend hours before she flew to Australia.
Michael Le Vell
ITV Michael Le Vell has played Corrie mechanic Kevin Webster since 1983
The Sun exclusively revealed that Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell was being lined up for I’m A Celebrity after being declared bankrupt.
The actor, 53, was left struggling financially after racking up legal costs of £200,000 as he fought off sex abuse allegations in 2013 – he was found not guilty.
A TV source said: “It’s still early days for producers on I’m A Celeb, but Michael is a name they’re looking at.”
Brendan Cole is being tipped for I’m A Celebrity 2018
Axed Strictly star Brendan Cole is being lined up for this year’s show.
The veteran performer, who was dropped from the BBC1 series this week after 14 years, is top of ITV bosses’ hit list.
A source told The Sun: “Brendan is outspoken and ITV think he’d be gold.”
Rex Features Faye Brooks looks to follow in Jennie McAlpine’s footsteps in leaving Corrie for the jungle
Corrie actress Jennie McAlpine’s successful stint on the show has seemingly motivated fellow cast members Faye Brooks, Shayne Ward, and Katie McGlynn to give it a go.
A TV insider said: “Jennie’s appearance on the series has inspired many of the Corrie cast to want to take part in the experience.
“She absolutely loved her time in the jungle and now Faye, Shayne and Katie are all eager to follow in her place.
“But TV bosses will only take on one Corrie cast member — and, so far, they have a tough decision on their hands.
“It’s still very early in the process but a soap star is always a popular option for I’m A Celebrity.
Rex Features Shayne Ward is another Coronation Street star tipped for I’m A Celeb 2018
I’m A Celeb could be perfect timing for Shayne, as he will soon be filming his final Corrie scenes as Aidan Connor, to be screened in May.
Rex Features Katie McGlynn is the third of the Corrie stars eyed up to follow Fiz in the jungle
Katie, who plays Sinead Tinker, has had a torrid four years in Corrie, during which she was ditched by Chesney Brown on their wedding day and has slept with Ken Barlow’s son Daniel.
Instagram / madeleychloe Chloe Madeley showcases her ripped bod on Instagram
After years spent toning every inch of her body and working out in the gym, Chloe Madeley is certainly tough enough for a few weeks in the jungle.
The daughter of Richard and Judy, and the future wife of England flanker James Haskell, is being tipped for a stint Down Under in 2018.
In early April, Chloe was being priced by bookies at just 2/1 to star in the 2018 series.
ITV Picture Desk Olivia got her big break on Love Island 2017
After making her name on Love Island, Olivia Attwood is now being tipped to head for the jungle.
The Sun Online can reveal the glamorous reality star has met with show makers to discuss the possibility of entering the jungle later this year.
A source said: “The girls are both really sexy and bosses are hoping they’ll have what it takes to spice up the show.
“Both girls have loads of personality and would really get stuck into the jungle tasks. They’d both love a place on the show.”
Instagram Charlotte is famed for her stint on MTV show Ex on the Beach
Charlotte is the daughter of comedian Les Dawson and is no stranger to reality TV, racking up appearances on shows such as Celebs Go Dating and Ex on the Beach.