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I’m A Celeb bosses want previous contestants to take part in the 20th series


I’M A Celebrity bosses want stand-out winners and contestants of past series to return for its 20th series.

Producers are set to draft them in for one-off Bushtucker Trial appearances in this year’s show.

In the frame are winners Scarlett Moffatt, 29, Phil Tufnell, 54, Stacey Solomon, 30, and Tony Blackburn, 77.

Possible contestants targeted include fainting nutritionist Gillian McKeith, 60, and screaming EastEnders actor Dean Gaffney, 42.

This year, the ITV show has decamped from Australia to North Wales’ Gwrych Castle amid the Covid pandemic.

A TV source said: “The trials team are getting creative.

“They’re using the fact they’re in the UK to their advantage and plan to draft in familiar faces to pop up in trials.

“There’s set to be a few video link surprises as well.”

Celebs rumoured to be taking part include TV host Vernon Kay, 46, and Coronation Street’s Beverley Callard, 63.

The jungle show has run every year since 2002, with two series in 2004.

Ant & Dec try to WFH

ANT and Dec tried to get the new I’m a Celebrity series filmed near their home city.

The hosts came up with locations near Newcastle after the Australia shows were scrapped because of the pandemic.

Ant, 44, said: “We pitched a lot of castles. We tried.”

But Gwrych Castle, in Abergele, was picked instead.

Ant and Dec ‘fought to set I’m A Celeb in north-east England’ when show moved to the UK - but lost out to Wales

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