First Dates’ Fred Sirieix becomes the latest star to touch down in Brisbane ahead of I’m A Celeb as EastEnders’ Danielle Harold and Made In Chelsea star Sam Thompson jet off to Australia
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With just days to go until the hotly-anticipated launch of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! a host of stars have been jetting to Australia.
First Dates star Fred Sirieix, 51, became the latest campmate to touch down at Brisbane Airport on Monday and told MailOnline that he ‘doesn’t know’ how he’ll cope with the snakes and spiders in camp.
As he arrived Down Under, EastEnders actress Danielle Harold and Made In Chelsea star Sam Thompson were hot on his heels and looked in high spirits as they were snapped at London’s Heathrow airport on Monday.
The duo will be joining Josie Gibson, Nigel Farage and Nella Rose, who have all touched down in Australia already.
Fred is an unexpected addition to the line-up given he previously claimed the Bushtucker Trials put him off the idea of ever taking part in the reality series.
Making an entrance: First Dates star Fred Sirieix became the latest campmate to touch down at Brisbane Airport on Monday ahead of the I’m A Celebrity launch
Getting ready: EastEnders’ Danielle Harold and Made In Chelsea star Sam Thompson were the latest I’m A Celeb stars jetting to Australia as they checked in at Heathrow Airport
‘I don’t think I’d do I’m A Celebrity, I wouldn’t be too keen on eating a camel’s anus or something like that,’ he told Hello! magazine last year.
‘I know I eat frogs, I’m French, but at least those frogs are cooked!
‘They are deliciously prepared, whereas a camel’s anus is put in a blender and you have to eat it raw. It’s awful. I know people who have been there – it’s really not “gastronomie.”‘
Yet he appeared to have had a change of heart, telling MailOnline as he touched down in Australia: ‘As a Frenchman of course I love frog legs… so witchetty grubs? Why not!’
On the jungle critters, he added: ‘I don’t know how I feel about them, I don’t know. You’ve got a lot of big stuff here, right. Big pythons and all that of course?’
He said he’d be missing his ‘bed’ and ‘morning coffee’, but added: ‘I always want to win! It’s good to be competitive you know.’
Fred will also have to contend with leaving the comfort of their townhouse in London’s Peckham – equipped with a sprawling garden, firepit and massive cosy bed – for the hard jungle floor with only rice and beans for sustenance.
Meanwhile, ahead of boarding her long flight, Danielle, 31, cut a casual figure in a cream tracksuit that she paired with a long black coat and white trainers.
Sam, 31 also opted for comfort, teaming a grey hoodie with green cargo pants.
Brexit Party founder, Nigel 58 – rumoured to be earning £1.5million for his imminent stint in the jungle – was the first campmate to touch down in Australia.
Despite the stomach-turning tasks ahead of him, Nigel looked happy and relaxed as he arrived at Brisbane airport, following a 20-hour flight from London, to become this year’s first confirmed campmate.
He may have been smiling because ITV bosses have promised him he can continue his habit of smoking at least ten cigarettes each day.
Sources close to the politician told the Mail that he will be able to smoke but not in front of the cameras.
Nigel, who will become the series’ highest paid contestant ever, touched down at 9.45am following a 20-hour flight from London.
He was all smiles as he revealed that he had made the decision to take part so he could engage with potential young voters who want to hear his political views.
Giving it a go: Fred is an unexpected addition to the line-up given he previously claimed the Bushtucker Trials put him off the idea of ever taking part in the reality series
Are you ready? Fred will also have to contend with leaving the comfort of their townhouse in London’s Peckham for the hard jungle floor with only rice and beans for sustenance
Casual: Danielle, 31, cut a casual figure ahead of boarding her long flight, wrapped up in a cream tracksuit that she paired with a long black coat and white trainers
Loving life: Danielle couldn’t keep the smile off her face as she strutted through Heathrow Airport ahead of boarding her 12-hour flight
Low-key outing: Sam, 31, also opted for comfort, teaming a grey hoodie with green cargo pants
Making a move: Sam strutted through the terminal as he prepared to head to Australia
Speaking to MailOnline, he said: ‘I just think there’s a big young audience out there that watches the programme.
‘They’re people who are worth talking to and I’ve been messing around with TikTok for the past couple of months and you’d be surprised there are a lot of people out there who are interested in what I have to say. So that would be the reason, if you do see me there.’
When asked if he had watched fellow MP Matt Hancock on last year’s series, he replied: ‘Who didn’t?’
TikTok star Nella, 26, arrived just three hours after the politician landed, evading questions about who here least favourite co-star would be.
However, I’m A Celeb fans reckon it’s Nigel and are anticipating ‘fireworks’ between the pair as they come face to face in the jungle.
The outspoken pair – both popular with Generation Z on TikTok – have opposing views when it comes to politics, with viewers predicting one of the biggest feuds ever on the ITV show.
Nigel has a long history of campaigning for Brexit and anti-immigration laws while Nella herself immigrated to the UK from Belgium at the age of seven and is of Congolese descent.
Nella rose to fame when she began posting videos on the platform with her friends discussing topics such as ‘Growing up in an African household’ and ‘Things girls do that boys don’t like’.
Her charisma has earned her 750,000 YouTube subscribers with 81 million views and close to 1 million Instagram followers alongside hosting MTV’s show Catfish among other high-profile hosting gigs.
Set to attract a younger audience, the beauty content creator will be a clear favourite as countless fans on TikTok are flooding I’m a Celebrity videos with cries of ‘Nella Rose for the win’.
First confirmed! Nigel Farage was the first celebrity to arrive in Australia ahead of the new series of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!
Touchdown: Social media influencer Nella Rose greeted onlookers with a wave as she arrived in Australia on Sunday
Making an entrance: Josie Gibson was seen checking in at Heathrow airport as she prepared to jet off to the jungle
First confirmed! Fred Sirieix was also spotted making his way Down Under
Meanwhile, Nigel has drummed up his own set of followers on the social media app – popular among Generation Z – with many hailing him the ‘GOAT’.
But it won’t just be Nella that the politician has to win over.
A year after Nigel’s stint as UKIP leader ended, Fred wrote: ‘Farage is a coward who likes money, attention and the sound of his own voice far too much.
‘Definitely not a selfless idealistic revolutionary.’
Also touching down in Australia was Josie Gibson, who is taking a break from the This Morning sofa to star in the jungle.
But Josie, 38, shared her secret heartache at signing up to appear on the ITV show, confessing she is devastated at being away from her five-year-old son Reggie for the next month.
When asked at Brisbane airport what she will miss most, she told MailOnline: ‘My little boy, he’s only five.
‘It was emotional [saying goodbye], I can’t talk about it.
Josie, who also admitted she was ‘excited’ to be there, attempted to keep her deal to join I’m A Celeb a secret, insisting that she was in Australia for a weight loss retreat.
She said she would happily enjoy the rice and beans that the contestants are given for their daily meal.
Josie didn’t rule out winning either, saying: ‘I guess we’ll have to wait and see, I don’t know.’
Other celebrities rumoured to be taking part include jockey Frankie Dettori, singer Marvin Humes, chef Grace Dent, and Britney Spears’ younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears.
Get ready to jungle! I’m A Celebrity launches on Sunday November 19 at 9pm on ITV
However, Josie is the bookies’ favourite to be crowned this year’s Queen of the Jungle after she won the nation’s hearts and votes during her 2010 Big Brother appearance.
Her fun-loving charisma meant the fellow housemates selected her to receive a ticket to the final and Josie won with 77 percent of the public vote – the highest score out of any other series.
She became a household name earlier this year when she stepped in to present This Morning alongside Holly Willoughby after Phillip Schofield was ousted.
I’m A Celebrity launches on Sunday November 19 at 9pm on ITV.
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