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Ant and Dec return to remote Gwrych Castle for I'm A Celebrity

I’m A Celebrity 2021: Danny Miller is dropped off a cliff as Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly return to remote Gwrych Castle with gruelling challenges

  • The UK’s favourite survival reality TV show returned on Sunday night, with Ant and Dec fronting the 21st series
  • Filmed for the second consecutive year at Gwrych Castle, Abergele in North Wales, the campmates’ previous life of luxury soon became a distant memory as they braced themselves for up to three weeks of castle surroundings and Welsh countryside 
  • Emmerdale’s Danny Miller was dropped off a cliff in tough opening challenge Walk The Plank 

The UK’s favourite survival reality TV show returned on Sunday night. 

And the first instalment of the 21st series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! was not short of jaw-dropping trials and challenges as ten new celebrities threw themselves into the gruelling experience.   

Filmed for the second consecutive year at Gwrych Castle, Abergele in North Wales, the campmates’ previous life of luxury soon became a distant memory as they braced themselves for up for up to three weeks of castle surroundings and Welsh countryside – with the opening challenge seeing Danny Miller thrown from a cliff.

It’s back! The 21st series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! returned on Sunday night – with the opening challenge seeing Danny Miller thrown from a cliff

The first challenge of the series, Walk The Plank, was introduced after the first group of celebrities – broadcaster Louise Minchin, producer Naughty Boy, DJ Snoochie Shy and Danny landed in a helicopter.  

Ant said: ‘This year is going to be tougher than ever, all the celebrities will face gruelling challenges on their way to the Castle to win the keys to the Castle.’

The stars were forced to go head-to-head in a plank challenge, which Ant explained: ‘Between the planks is a stack of lights. The red lights will start to flash and when the green light comes on, you must press the button with your foot. The first celebrity to hit their button will win and the loser will be dropped from their plank.’  

The winning team could go on to pick which two celebrities from the other group will represent them in the next challenge. 

Fears: The first challenge of the series, Walk The Plank, was introduced after the first group of celebrities – broadcaster Louise Minchin, producer Naughty Boy, DJ Snoochie Shy and Danny landed in a helicopter

Challenge: First up in Walk The Plank was Danny versus Louise. The broadcaster came out on top with the quickest time

Losers would be banished to the Castle Clink, whereas the lucky winning team who retrieved the keys to the castle would have access to the main camp in the castle.    

First up was Danny versus Louise. The broadcaster came out on top with the quickest time, causing Danny’s plank to drop, leaving him dangling in the air.     

The ITV show kickstarted with four celebrities being driven one-by-one through the Welsh mountains to arrive at a stately home. Former French footballer David Ginola was the first to arrive followed by parasport athlete Kadeena Cox. 

Next was choreographer Dame Arlene Phillips, followed by diver Matty Lee.

On her journey, the former Strictly Come Dancing judge joked: ‘I have become a Dame, but it’s a title I actually forget about.

Gruelling: Filmed for the second consecutive year at Gwrych Castle, Abergele in North Wales, the campmates’ previous life of luxury soon became a distant memory

Star: ‘I will be expecting everybody to rally around. And if they don’t, maybe the Dame bit will come out’ Arlene Phillips joked

Honest: Snoochie Shy discussed her nerves and said: ‘I’m quite terrified of a lot of things to be honest – bit worried about bugs going up my vagina!’

New challenges: After landing, hosts Ant and Dec greeted the terrified group, with Ant explaining: ‘This year is going to be tougher than ever’

‘I will be expecting everybody to rally around. And if they don’t, maybe the Dame bit will come out.’

Louise, Naughty Boy, DJ Snoochie Shy and Danny Miller, were driven along the Welsh coastline to a house overlooking the sea.

Snoochie discussed her nerves and said: ‘I’m quite terrified of a lot of things to be honest – bit worried about bugs going up my vagina!’  

Fast forward and the campmates boarded two separate helicopters, passing each other mid-air – the first opportunity for both groups to see each other. 

I’m A Celebrity 2021 Line-up

LOUISE MINCHIN

 LOUISE MINCHIN 

 AGE: 53

 CLAIM TO FAME: Broadcaster & ex BBC Breakfast Host

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: It’s nice to be able to show the fun side of me rather than the serious news presenter.

PHOBIAS: The idea of small, enclosed spaces with cockroaches and spiders is horrific!

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will give out hugs and make the food more edible!

MISS MOST: My comfortable bed and lovely bath.

DREAM CAMPER: Angelina Jolie and Daniel Craig – we wouldn’t have a problem getting stars if he were in the Castle.

MATTY LEE

 MATTY LEE

AGE: 23

 CLAIM TO FAME: Olympic Gold Medallist

 BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People always see me as very composed and serious on the diving board. This will be a nice opportunity to let people get to know me better.

PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats. 

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I don’t mind helping out with cleaning.

MISS MOST: My bed!

 DREAM CAMPER: Ed Sheeran and Will Smith 

SNOOCHIE SHY

 SNOOCHIE SHY 

AGE: 29

 CLAIM TO FAME: Radio 1Xtra DJ 

 BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People know me as a very bubbly person but when I am outside of my comfort zone, I can be shy. 

PHOBIAS: Bugs, heights and I’m claustrophobic.

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I love twerking on a Friday night and I’m going to teach everyone how to do it in the Castle!

MISS MOST: My cat and lip gloss.

DREAM CAMPER: Jim Carrey and Big Narstie.

RICHARD MADELEY

RICHARD MADELEY 

AGE: 65

 CLAIM TO FAME: TV presenter and journalist 

 BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: Nothing. I don’t worry about what people think.

PHOBIAS: Heights. I’m not sure how I will feel if I have to walk across a plank very high up!

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Cook and interviewer. I love finding out about people’s lives.

MISS MOST: Aside from Judy and my family, not knowing what is happening in the news. I am a news junkie.

DREAM CAMPER:  The late Jimmy Greaves. I would have loved to chat about goal scoring in the Castle with him.

DAME ARLENE PHILLIPS, DBE

DAME ARLENE PHILLIPS, DBE

AGE: 78

CLAIM TO FAME: Choreographer

 BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People don’t really know the real me at home and I’d like to show people the motherly side, the side my family sees.

PHOBIAS: I am hoping I will overcome my fears to take part in the Trials!

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and to organise some fun dance routines! 

MISS MOST: My notepad and pencil –I am known for always having to write down ideas.

DREAM CAMPER: Giovanna Fletcher –she is such a lovely, warm person.

 

NAUGHTY BOY

 NAUGHTY BOY

 AGE: 36

 CLAIM TO FAME: Producer

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People don’t know the real me and I want everyone to get to know me.

PHOBIAS: Confined spaces and heights but I want to give the Trials a go to bring back some stars.

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Castle chef and someone who everyone can confide in.

MISS MOST: My mum. I live with her and it’s going to be hard being away from her.

DREAM CAMPER: Sir Elton John would be amazing.

KADEENA COX, MBE

 KADEENA COX, MBE

AGE: 30

CLAIM TO FAME: Paralympic Gold Medallist

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: Great to be able to show people with all disabilities they can try different things in life.

PHOBIAS: Snakes, rats, spiders, heights – everything!

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Chef – so long as there isn’t too much pressure to make the food interesting!

MISS MOST: TikTok, my mum and dog.

DREAM CAMPER: Thierry Henry –I love watching Arsenal play.

DAVID GINOLA

 DAVID GINOLA 

AGE: 54

CLAIM TO FAME: Football legend 

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: None because I never hide behind a false image. What you see is what you get.

PHOBIAS: I am going to tell you when I am in the Castle!

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Chef. I enjoy cooking at home and I will be hoping to add some garlic and rosemary to the food.

MISS MOST: My partner and my little girl. It’s going to be tough.

FRANKIE BRIDGE

 FRANKIE BRIDGE 

AGE: 32

 CLAIM TO FAME: The Saturdays star 

 BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People think if you are in a pop group, you lead a glamorous lifestyle and won’t get stuck in, but I’m determined to muck in with all the chores.

PHOBIAS: Spiders, rats and confined spaces scare me.

ROLE IN THE CAMP: The serial hugger.

MISS MOST: Wayne and my boys.

DREAM CAMPER:  Larry Lamb or a father figure type.

DANNY MILLER

DANNY MILLER

AGE: 30 

CLAIM TO FAME: Emmerdale actor 

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: None but I would like to show everyone what I am like in real life rather than my soap character, Aaron Dingle. 

PHOBIAS: I am absolutely dreading the eating Trials! I fear I will gag!

ROLE IN THE CAMP: A shoulder to cry on and a person everyone can come to if they have a problem.

MISS MOST: My fiancée, Steph, and our new baby.

DREAM CAMPER:  Fred Sirieix or any ex football player. I won’t be able to leave them alone asking lots of questions!

 

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