We’ve had this year’s official I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! line-up, but, as usual, we’re expecting some late arrivals. Top of our list is The Only Way Is Essex star Ferne McCann.
The long-running show has form for dropping in extra campmates along the way, most commonly around day five – the perfect time to give the pot a good stir. 2007’s late arrival Christopher Biggins actually went on to be crowned King of the Jungle. X Factor contestant Jake Quickenden, who was plonked in with former MP Edwina Currie last year, finished in second place behind champ Carl Fogarty.
Sources close to McCann have talked candidly to us about her taking part in this fifteenth series. The star herself told RadioTimes.com earlier in the year that she’d “love” to do it.
“That would be right up my street. I see myself as a bit of a ‘Jungle Jane’,” Ferne explained, adding, “It would be such a challenge.”
With the TOWIE series finale airing tonight, the timing seems to fit. It does suggest she’d miss this year’s Christmas special, but sources close to the show confirm there’s no suggestion she won’t appear in the show in the New Year.
It would certainly be unusual for the show to stick with the current crop of ten famous faces, which this year includes Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter and former Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne.
The series hasn’t run with so few campers since series three in early 2004. In 2010, three new contestants were added, presenter Alison Hammond memorably arriving last in a crate.
Judging by the rumours, we should expect the same this year, with Made In Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews and Geordie Shore’s Vicky Pattison hotly tipped for some jungle fun.
Then again, the past six series have seen only a new male and new female camper arrive. Series eight was the last time things were mixed up via the unforgettable pairing of Timmy Mallett and David Van Day. With an uneven balance of women to men (currently six men to four women), perhaps we’ll get our first female pairing among the newbies instead?
As for whether adding campers late works, former King of the Jungle and spin-off show host Joe Swash told us they’re great because they “cause problems”.
“When you’re in there you make it your home, when someone else comes in late you treat them differently,” he said. “It’s like, you’re coming into my house. In my year we had Timmy Mallet and David Van Day. They turned it upside down.”
Quickenden added: “Everyone gets quite clicky in the first week. So throwing two other people in there, it can work because it mixes it up again.”
Campers, watch this space…
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! returns Sunday 15th November at 9pm on ITV