‘I’m A Celebrity’: Here’s What’s In Store For This Year’s Campmates In The (Very Soggy) Series Opener

Matt Bagwell

The new series of ‘I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!’ gets off to seriously soggy start as a huge storm hits the jungle before the 10 celebs arrive.

The show kicks off tonight with a new batch of stars including football boss Harry Redknapp, actor John Barrowman and former ‘EastEnders’ actress Rita Simons preparing to knuckle down in tough living conditions.


Things will be even more uncomfortable due to the bad weather, which flooded the show’s Croc Creek and Snake Rock camps, soaking all utensils and sleeping areas.

Ahead of their arrival to the sodden jungle camps, four of the stars were tasked with the first challenge of the series, presented by Declan Donnelly and new co-host Holly Willoughby.

In scenes that will air in the first episode, Dec and Holly are seen meeting John Barrowman, Rita Simons, ‘Coronation Street’ actress Sair Khan and The Vamps singer James McVey, who have arrived by helicopter.

The Vamps singer James McVey, Rita Simons, ‘Coronation Street’ actress Sair Khan and John Barrowman arrive.

They are told they will be split into two separate teams from the beginning, with John and Sair named the founding members of the red team and Rita and James the founding members of the yellow team.

They have to complete a number of challenges before entering camp, with the aim of building a team along the way.

The winners of each challenge will be given the chance to pick their teammates from the all-star line-up.

The foursome are told that, once their teams are complete, there will be a final head-to-head race and the winning team will get the chance to go to straight to main camp Croc Creek.

The losers will be forced to head to the less luxurious Snake Rock.

John, Rita, Sair and James’ first challenge is The Edge - reportedly the highest task ever seen on ‘I’m A Celebrity’.

Working in their teams, they each must climb two towers strutting out from the edge of a cliff in Queensland’s Tanninaba Falls to collect as many flags as possible, taking it in turns.

The results of the challenge and the arrival of the stars to their new jungle homes will be aired in the first episode of the series.

Holly and Dec look on.

The celebrity line-up is completed by The Chase’s Anne Hegerty, ‘DIY SOS’ host Nick Knowles, former ‘X Factor’ star Fleur East, ‘Hollyoaks’ actor Malique Thompson-Dwyer and Emily Atack, of The Inbetweeners.

Holly is co-hosting the series for the first time as she stands in for regular host Ant McPartlin, who is continuing his break from presenting after his arrest for drink-driving.

‘I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!’ airs at 9pm tonight on ITV.