Tom Parker and Gemma Merna join The Jump 2016 as standby contestants

Former The Wanted singer and Hollyoaks actress are ready to step in if another celebrity has to pull out

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Tom Parker and Gemma Merna have been revealed as this year’s standby contestants for The Jump.

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The former The Wanted singer and one-time Hollyoaks actress have joined this year’s 12-strong line-up in Austria as training kicks off for the Channel 4 show. 

It’s certainly a format that has a habit of needing back up contestants, with plenty of injuries befalling the plucky stars. In the first series singer Joe McElderry ended up winning after being called away from his own ski holiday to take part. Yep, bruises really are the least of their worries.

Despite some social media posts showing various combinations of contestants, I’m told the back-ups haven’t been called in to replace anyone yet – the famous faces are just a couple of days into their training. 

Now in its third series, with Davina McCall returning to present, the line-up boasts everyone from Superman star Dean Cain to Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington

Contestants will tackle everything from the ski jump itself to skeleton runs. They’ll also, for the first time, live together in a shared ‘palace’

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The Jump returns to Channel 4 soon