Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins 2021 line-up – Meet the all-star contestants for season 3

With Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins 2021 set to begin on Sunday, meet the famous contestants who'll be taking on the gruelling challenge this year.

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins 2021

It has been another tough and gruelling series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins and we are approaching the final for this series with only a handful of celebs left in the competition.

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Series three of the Channel 4 reality show has seen many eliminations and we have had to say goodbye to the likes of Jake Quickenden, Saira Khan, Shanaze Reade and Vicky Pattison.

While BMX racer Reade, singer Quickenden and TV personality Khan had to withdraw on medical grounds, reality star Pattison decided to leave on her own terms and names such as Ulrika Johnson have followed suit since.

Just five famous recruits remain in the series, with Ore Oduba, James Cracknell, Alexandra Burke, Aled Davies and Wes Nelson still going strong – but who will impress the SAS: Who Dares Wins instructors and win the show?

Here’s everything you need to know about the Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins 2021 contestants.

Wes Nelson

Wes Nelson.
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Love Island star Wes Nelson will be joining the likes of James Cracknell, Kerry Katona and Alexandra Burke in the Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins line-up this year.

The 23-year-old made it to the final of the ITV reality series with Megan Barton Hanson and since appeared on Dancing on Ice, The X Factor: Celebrity and Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, before forging a career as a recording artist.

“Taking part in the course was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It changed the way I approach new challenges and gave me a whole new outlook on life!” he said about the show.

“Don’t get me wrong the show was tough and broke me down, but by the end It rebuilt me into a better person! And I’m so grateful for the opportunity.”

Ore Oduba

Ore Oduba.
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Ore Oduba is one of the latest stars to be revealed in the Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins line-up, with the TV presenter taking on the ferocious training course.

Oduba is an established BBC presenter, having hosted CBBC’s Newsround, BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 5 Live among other shows. He’s covered the 2012 Olympics, 2014 Commonwealth Games and Sport Relief, and went on to win Strictly Come Dancing in 2016.

Speaking about his time on Celebrity SAS, Oduba said: “It was positively the most life-altering experience since becoming a parent.”

Aled Davies

Aled Davies.
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The athlete, who is best known for competing in throwing events, took home the bronze medal for shot put and the gold in discus during the 2012 Summer Paralympics, before earning gold in both categories in the 2013 World Championship. He won another gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics, taking his total up to 12 gold medals across his athletic career.

Speaking about taking part in the show, Davies said: “I’m a para-athlete, so for me, this was an opportunity to completely get as far as possible out of my comfort zone and challenge myself… it was an incredible journey.”

James Cracknell

James Cracknell.
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Olympic rower James Cracknell is taking on the Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins instructors after being rumoured as a potential contestant last year.

The 48-year-old gold medallist competed in last year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing and has presented sport on ITV and Channel 4 since retiring from competitive rowing.

“As both an admirer of the work our special forces do and the show, to have the opportunity to get a taste of it was too good to turn down. I asked myself, ‘How real can it feel?’ The answer was very, it was all encompassing from start to finish,” he said about signing up for the show.

“Being an ex-sportsman I went in determined not to let myself down physically. But that is only 10 per cent of what these guys do. Decision making under pressure, cold and calculated but empathetic, confident and being able to get out of your head. I left with even more respect for what they do for us and discovered things about myself.”

Alexandra Burke

Alexandra Burke.
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X Factor winner Alexandra Burke is also competing on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins this year.

After winning the ITV singing competition in 2008, Burke went on to release hits such as Bad Boys, All Night Long and Broken Heels, before starring in the West End musical The Bodyguard. She’s previously competed in Strictly Come Dancing and appeared on Loose Women and The Great Celebrity Bake Off For Stand Up 2 Cancer.

“Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins is the most challenging thing physically and mentally I have ever done,” she said about her involvement in the show. “It was such a life changing experience and totally blew my mind. I would do the whole thing again in a heartbeat!”

Ulrika Jonsson – WITHDREW

Ulrika Jonsson.
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Ulrika Jonsson was rumoured to have signed up for the upcoming series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins in October last year, and was eventually confirmed to be taking part in the 2021 series.

The 53-year-old broadcaster is best known for presenting the weather on TV-am, hosting Gladiators and being a team captain on Shooting Stars. In recent years, she’s appeared on Dancing on Ice, Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity MasterChef and First Dates Hotel.

Speaking about participating in this year’s show, Jonsson said: “I felt it had a profoundly positive effect on me.”

Unfortunately, Jonsson had to pull out of the series, after being treated for hypothermia.

Saira Khan – WITHDREW

Saira Khan.
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TV personality Saira Khan is set to take part in the 2021 series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Khan is best known for winning The Apprentice in 2005, before going on to become a regular panelist on Loose Women and co-presenting The Martin Lewis Money Show. She’s previously competed on Celebrity Big Brother, Dancing on Ice and Pointless Celebrities.

“There are things that I have done in my life to prove myself, that I am strong, brave, determined, and a go getter. But Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins was an experience which has changed my life for the better,” she said in a statement.

“It humbled me and I am grateful for the show for waking me up to my life and start enjoying and appreciating everything I have worked so hard to achieve. It’s been life changing.”

Saira Khan left in episode three after breaking her ankle during a mud wrestle with Ulrika Jonsson.

Kerry Katona – QUIT

Kerry Katona.
Channel 4

Former Atomic Kitten star Kerry Katona isn’t a stranger to reality competitions, with the singer having won I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here in 2004 and coming in second place on Celebrity Big Brother in 2011. She’s also appeared on Dancing On Ice, Celebs Go Dating, Celebs on the Farm, Loose Women and a number of her own reality TV shows.

“This was a once in a lifetime opportunity… I never thought I’d learn so much about myself,” she said about her decision to join the show.

Katona was one of the first celebs to leave the 2021 series, after failing to do 50 sit ups.

On the second episode, which aired on Sunday, 5th September, all the contestants were ordered to do the exercise as a punishment for not tying their shoe laces before coming out in the morning to meet the instructors.

Kerry struggled to do the push ups, resulting in Ant barking at her for not yet managing to complete 10.

And when he asked her whether she wanted to try or hand in her number and leave, the former Atomic Kitten star decided she had had enough of the course and gave her number to Ant, ending her time on the show.

“It’s been amazing, I’ve actually loved it,” Kerry said on her exit.

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“I’ve never looked at myself as a failure. It is what it is, if you didn’t achieve it then work harder.”

Vicky Pattison.
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