I'm a Celebrity 2018: Line-up rumours, will Ant & Dec return and all you need to know

12 September 2018, 15:24

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By Tom Eames

Who's entering the jungle this year?

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! for 2018 might seem like a while away, but before you know it, it will be November and we'll be obsessed with all the goings on in the Australian jungle.

So what will ITV throw up this year? Here's all the info you need to know so far...

I'm a Celebrity 2018 cast: Who's rumoured to be taking part?

Here are all the rumours so far:

  1. Catherine Tyldesley

    Catherine Tyldesley
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    Who? Coronation Street actress

    Famous for playing Eva Price, she's already confirmed that she will be taking time out towards the end of the year. Speaking to OK! magazine, Catherine said she's planning on going travelling, could she be meaning Australia?

  2. Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie O'Sullivan
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    Who? Snooker legend

    According to The Sun, Ronnie is being tipped to head into the outback. The five-time world champion is thought to be looking out for a new challenge, so maybe a Bushtucker Trial will be a welcome change from the Crucible?

  3. Brendan Cole

    Brendan Cole
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    Who? Former Strictly professional dancer

    Brendan was axed by Strictly after appearing since the beginning, so his autumn looks pretty empty. A source told The Sun: "Brendan is outspoken and ITV think he'd be gold."

  4. Coleen Nolan

    Coleen Nolan
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    Who? Former Nolans singer and Loose Women panellist

    Since Coleen's recent on-screen flare up with old foe Kim Woodburn, she has been tipped to fly to the jungle. Bookmakers have slashed the odds of her appearing in recent weeks, so will she give it a go?

  5. Frankie Bridge

    Frankie Bridge
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    Who? TV presenter and member of girl group The Saturdays

    ITV has apparently been hoping to sign up Frankie since her husband Wayne Bridge took part in 2016. She was also very popular on Strictly in 2014, so maybe she might head to the jungle this time?

  6. Shayne Ward

    Shayne Ward
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    Who? Former X Factor winner and Coronation Street actor

    Shayne left Corrie in May, and I'm a Celeb bosses are apparently keen to sign him up, with an insider telling the Daily Star that he is "considered one of the nicest men in soap, with a quirky sense of humour that would work well in the jungle camp".

  7. Nick Knowles

    Nick Knowles
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    Who? DIY SOS presenter

    TV host Nick has apparently been offered a six-figure sum to take part in this year's series, according to The Sun. He recently said: “Every year I get asked to do basically all of the reality stuff and every year I’m too busy, but you never know. "

  8. Michael Le Vell

    Michael Le Vell
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    Who? Coronation Street actor

    According to The Sun, Michael is a favourite for the jungle. A source told the paper: "It's still early days for producers on I'm a Celeb, but Michael is a name they're looking at."

  9. Christine McGuinness

    Paddy and Christine McGuinness
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    Who? Real Housewives of Cheshire star and wife of Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness

    Tabloid reports claim that Christine is hoping to move into reality TV. Speaking on This Morning, she said: "I don't know about the jungle, I'd need a really good babysitter, or I'd have to take them with me. But I'm petrified of everything, it'd be like having Helen Flanagan back on there again."

  10. Emily Atack

    Emily Atack
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    Who? Inbetweeners actress

    A jungle insider told The Sun: “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."

  11. Faye Brooks

    Faye Brooks
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    Who? Coronation Street actress

    Another Corrie star who may follow from Jennie McAlpine's successful appearance last year is Faye Brooks, along with Shayne Ward and Katie McGlynn. A TV insider told The Sun: “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.“

  12. Olivia Attwood

    Olivia Attwood
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    Who? Love Island star

    The Sun claims that Olivia has met with show bosses to discuss the chances of entering the jungle later this year, along with late comic Les Dawson's glamour model daughter Charlotte. 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."

  13. Dani Dyer

    Dani Dyer
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    Who? Danny Dyer's daughter and Love Island winner

    Both Dani and her father Danny (it's rather confusing) have been tipped to enter the jungle in recent weeks. Former runner-up Joel Dommett has also said that he hopes Dani or boyfriend Jack Fincham will swap the villa for the jungle.

  14. Jamie Laing

    Jamie Laing
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    Who? Made in Chelsea star

    We're actually surprised Jamie hasn't already done this show! He's arguably the long-running reality series' biggest star right now, and he's been tipped to follow on his co-star Toff's victory last year. The Sun has claimed he has been in talks, so we shall see...

I'm a Celebrity 2018: Are Ant & Dec coming back?


One of the highlights of the show each year, is the banter between hosts Ant & Dec. They've been doing it since the start in 2002, and it's hard to imagine the show working as well without them.

However, Ant was arrested in March on suspicion of drink driving following a car crash. A month later, he was fined £86,000 and banned from driving for 20 months, after pleading guilty to being twice the legal drink drive limit.

Ant has taken a step back from TV duties since then, with Dec hosting Saturday Night Takeaway and Britain's Got Talent on his own.

On August 9, Ant confirmed that he will NOT return for the 2019 series, saying: "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."

He continued: "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 added: "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."

In August, it was confirmed that This Morning star Holly Willoughby will be filling in for Ant this year.

Holly said: “I couldn’t be more excited to have been asked to stand alongside Dec for the next jungle adventure. I love Ant and want to send him my best wishes and support for a continued recovery.

Holly Willoughby
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"These are big shoes, not to fill, but just to keep warm for a little bit... Honestly, I’m a huge fan of I’m a Celebrity and actually feel like I’ve won a competition to go and hang out on my favourite show! When is it a good time to tell Dec I’m scared of everything that moves?!”

Dec added: “I am hugely grateful to Holly for agreeing to accompany me to Australia this year. She was at the top of my list and I’m thrilled she said yes.

"It will be a different kind of series but we will try our best to ensure it is no less fun and eventful for our loyal viewers. I am also pleased to hear Holly is scared of everything. I am almost stupidly excited at the thought of watching her during the eating trials!”

I'm a Celebrity 2018 start date: When will it return?

There's no official word from ITV yet.

However, last year's series launched on November 19, so we're expecting a similar date this year.