After Mike Tindall’s starring turn on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! UK generated plenty of headlines, insiders say Aussie producers are keen to recreate the same kind of buzz for the local version!
And there’s a rumble in the jungle that they’ve offered Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson the big bucks to bring a royal touch to the reality show.
The 63-year-old recently announced she’s pushed back her planned speaking tour of Australia scheduled for next month, citing a “schedule clash”, but insiders hint that Fergie simply wants to line up her appearance on I’m A Celeb with the gig.
And the former royal is said to be earning more than $250,000 for In Conversation With Sarah, Duchess of York, hosted by Ray Martin, so there’s no doubt I’m A Celeb will have to stump up some serious cash to secure her!
According to a TV insider, Ten producers are also keen to score Aussie influencer and fitness model Tammy Hembrow, 28, Russell Crowe’s ex Danielle Spencer, 53, and Aussie boxer Harry Garside, 25, to star alongside Fergie in the bumper season.
In a post on social media last month, the show confirmed when and where the new season would be filmed. ”We’re headed back to Africa in 2023! Oh, and we’ll be arriving just in time for Easter so it’s a new time of year but we’re BACK, baby,” the post read.
Fans were quick to share in their excitement; ”Yay! I liked it better in Africa with the voting and the challenges were better. Can’t wait!,” one user wrote.
”As much as I loved I’m a Celeb being filmed in Australia, the African communities have done it very hard during COVID so putting money back into their communities is a good thing,” wrote another.
Another positive: fan favourites Julia Morris and Chris Brown will also be returning to host. For fans who are unable to handle the five month delay of the Logie award winning show, the UK version of the show is currently filming in the Springbook National park in Queensland and has started airing this week.
The all star lineup includes Matt Hancock, Boy George, Mike Tindall, Charlene White, Jill Scott, Chris Moyles, Scarlette Douglas, Owen Warner, Sue Cleave, Babatunde Aleshe and Olivia Atwood.