I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is set to welcome musical theatre star Ruthie Henshall and singer Russell Watson to the camp on Wednesday night.
The two latecomers will join the 10 contestants currently living it up in the Welsh castle and their arrival was teased at the end of tonight’s episode – neither of them have a clue the other is headed in.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Russell, 53, revealed he’d been asked on numerous occasions to appear on the show, however, the timing this year felt right.
‘I’ve been asked six times,’ he said. ‘I got asked at the beginning of this year, before covid, and I don’t know why, but this year it felt like a different challenge.
‘I fancied doing something different. I’m known for my singing and being on stage and my classical repertoire, but I don’t think anybody has really got to know my personality really well.’
Luckily Russell missed this series’ first trial, which saw contestants abseil down a cliff face, as the tenor is petrified of heights.
‘I’m glad I wasn’t there for that,’ he chuckled.
‘I think I would have been joining Jordan [North],’ Russell added, referring to the BBC Radio 1 star throwing up as he prepared to face his fears.
Explaining her reason behind signing up to the series, Ruthie, also 53, added: ‘I think it’s such a life experience. How often are you going to get someone coming up to you saying we’re going to put you through your paces and scare you silly and test everything about you?
‘I thought it would be a real hoot and so lovely to meet a bunch of people who aren’t really in my arena.’
She’s not mad that the show has been relocated to Wales instead of Australia either.
‘I think it’s brilliant it’s in Wales,’ Ruthie enthused. ‘It’s brilliant that this British show, which is so loved by British audiences has come home.
‘How lovely, that a bunch of people in the UK are getting paid, all the people that it takes to put on this show. I think it’s just fantastic that we’re in the beautiful Welsh countryside.
Turning her attentions to her fears, Ruthie revealed she’s not one for confined spaces or the dark.
Good thing she’s signed up for I’m A Celebrity then…
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues tomorrow at 9pm on ITV.Credit: Original article published here.