The rumours were true, I’m A Celebrity will soon be welcoming two new faces, with their impending arrival teased at the end of Tuesday’s show.
Before the launch of the new series on Sunday, Chronicle Live revealed that, having been spotted at the same photo shoot as the rest of this year’s lineup, Russell Watson and Ruthie Henshall would be entering the show and their time to spring a surprise has now come as they take on next trial Stage Fright, with their new castle mates looking on.
The pair have been having an extended spell in isolation in preparation for their late arrival with Ruthie, 53, most famous for being a West End leading lady in the likes of Chicago and Billy Elliot, admitting she’s been pulling her hair out and chomping at the bit, while also confessing that she’d been left disappointed at not going in at the weekend as one of the original 10.
Entering I’m A Celebrity alongside her to join the likes of Vernon Kay, Mo Farah and Beverley Callard is Russell Watson.
One of the country’s biggest selling opera singers of all time, Russell, also 53, says he’s going in “ready to win” he has been training hard to be able to compete against whatever is thrown at him once he is in the castle.
Russell is thought to be picking up a £100,000 free to do I’m A Celebrity in his 20th year of being in showbiz, while one-time Dancing on Ice judge Ruthie is said to be getting a slightly smaller pay cheque of £75,000.
They might not be the only late arrivals either, with former contestants Vicky Pattison, Charlie Brooks and Joey Essex hotly tipped to enter the new series.
A source told The Sun: “ITV producers love having a trick or two up their sleeve.
“What better way to celebrate 20 series of the show than getting some of the stars of yesteryear to take part in some way?”