I'm A Celebrity 2020 LIVE – Vernon Kay and co set to welcome Ruthie Henshall and Russell Watson

THE I'm A Celeb gang are welcoming new castlemates tonight – and it looks like the latest recruits are being thrown in at the deep, (read: slimy) end. 

Ruthie Henshall and Russell Watson are on their way to the creepy castle and going headfirst into a trial.

The West End star and the singer will take part in the challenge on their grand entrance and are set to be covered in rotten tomatoes and slime. 

Sounds a bit like Noel's House Party. 

Whose feathers will they ruffle? Whose thunder may they steal? What celeb secrets will unfold tonight? Stick with us here and find out as it happens live…

Follow our live blog below for the latest updates from Grwych castle...

  • Victoria Taylor

    TEN MINS TO GO!

    Are we strapped in and ready to roll? Have we got our shower caps on ready for an impromptu critter fest/bath/fill in the blanks?

    It's. Nearly. Time. To. Face. The. Slime.

    Press play on the CD marked 'dramatic music'.

  • Victoria Taylor

    TEN MINS TO GO!Are we strapped in and ready to roll? Have we got our shower caps on ready for an impromptu slime/bath/fill in the blanks.It's. Nearly. Time. To. Face. The. Slime. Press play on the CD marked 'dramatic music'.

  • Victoria Taylor

    SHHHHH SHANE

    Shane 'mega-mouth' Richie let the Kat (Slater) out of the bag last night when he kept not-so-secretly banging on about “R&R”. (Russell and Ruthie ).

    Unfortunately he wasn't talking about a surprise appearance from former Enders co-stars Ronnie and Roxie Mitchell. Why?

    BECAUSE THE WRITERS MADE THEM DIE IN A SWIMMING POOL. (And I've never watched it again since).

  • Victoria Taylor

    THEY'RE NOT BAD TO LOOK AT, ARE THEY?

    Here's Tess and Vernon looking mildly acceptable in their beachwear.

    The Strictly host posted it on her social media. And wouldn't you with that washboard tummy?

    Good to see Vernon not gagging for a change. Although he might be looking at the state of that neon drink.

  • Victoria Taylor

    AH, IT'S WAY BACK IN THE KAY

    Tess Daly posted this pic of Vernon and his family on the beach in Wales.

    Let's take a moment to look at the former male model.

    The shorts. The T-shirt. The shades. The hair.

    I've never seen this look on the catwalk. Kaywalk? Nah.

  • Victoria Taylor

    IT'S ANT'S BIRTHDAY!

    Don't you just hate working on your birthday? It's the worst.

    I guess I could put up with it if I was getting paid a gazillion pounds a day and got to stay in a luxury hotel for three weeks.

    Just.

  • Victoria Taylor

    SAY HELLO TO THE NEW DUO

    There's West End star Ruthie (jazz hands at the ready) and mega singer Russell Watson.

    Here is the not-so-chic-anymore Ruthie getting pelted with rotten apples.

    Nice hat. I think she wore the same one in Chicago.

  • Victoria Taylor

    GAGGING FOR IT

    Last night exceeded gagging expectations. I didn’t know where to look throughout the eating trial without welcoming back up my own dinner. There was Vernon vomiting in one corner, Jordan gagging in the next and poor born-again-vegan Bev nearly choking on her chowder.

    What a night! If only there was some way to up the razzle dazzle… Cue: the all dancing, all singing jazz handed duo: singer Russell and West End star Ruthie.

    How do I feel about their arrival, you ask? Not great. I must admit neither of them feature in my top list of celebs I’d love to see on the show (is Gemma Collins not available?). I just hope to the gods they can bring some disruption, diva antics and punch.

    Maybe this year has been SO bad for us all that the celebs are just happy to be out of their own living rooms which doesn’t make dazzling tele for us. They’re all being so NICE. And nice is for nanas. Not primetime TV. Therefore, we are reliant on the IAC producers to throw EVERYTHING AT THEM.

    I can’t be doing with any more of this ‘let’s all be friends and make up a Zumba dance routine’. Especially now Ruthie is on her way.

    OK, so this is the plan. Aim to break Ruth(ie). She’s a ‘born entertainer’ as she puts it. This is ‘what she does’. We don’t want to see what you do for your job, RH. We want to strip back the gloss and see the real gore. Got it? Great.

    What’s going to happen later? Will Jordan let anyone else get any screen time. To be fair, I think he’s been brilliant, so let him have all the time he wants. Along as he’s still screaming.

    Last night Hollie Arnold and Giovanna Fletcher went for the Castle Coin Challenge and failed. Isn’t it always heart-warningly wonderful when they get the question WRONG?

    There’s just a great sense of taking a little bit of entitlement away from their celeby souls, cake piece by cake piece.

    Viewers seem to have become somewhat irritated by Hollie’s hollering. First it was about her MBE, secondly it was singing at Gi as they did the challenge. Well she did ask Hollie if she could sing, so she showed her. McFly’s McMuffins got on Twitter and vented McRage such as: “Does she not know Giovanna CAN SING TOO?!”

    Sure we’ll see that at some point too. I can hardly wait.

  • Shayma Bakht

    FANS SHARE THEORY THAT KIOSK CLEDWYN IS REALLY DICK STRAWBRIDGE

    Fans took to Twitter to share a theory that Kiosk Cledwyn, who is filling in for Kiosk Kev in Wales, is really famous TV presenter Dick Strawbridge.

    Alongside a snap of British engineer Lieutenant Colonel Dick Strawbridge, one wrote: “Kiosk Cledwyn Face of Dick Strawbridge Voice of Rhod Gilbert”

    A second asked: “Is Dick Strawbridge moon lighting as kiosk cledwyn”

    And a third joked: “Has anyone seen @dickstrawbridge and kiosk Cledwyn in the same room recently?”

    The resemblance is uncanny!

  • Shayma Bakht

    I'M A CELEB SWAPS STEAMY SHOWER FOR A MORE INNOCENT BATH

    Instead of washing in freezing temperatures under the infamous waterfall of the Australian camp, celebrities in the 2020 series will bathe in a basic bathtub, shielded with a curtain.

    Fans will have to go without the anticipated shower scenes, which even made some celebrities secure fashion lines.

    Myleene Klass was offered bikini ranges and photoshoots after her famous white bikini shower scenes from 2006.

  • Shayma Bakht

    MORE PICTURES: AJ PRITCHARD IN CAMP

  • Shayma Bakht

    AJ PRITCHARD'S FANS ARE CONVINCED HE'S GONE MISSING FROM CAMP

    I'm A Celeb fans are convinced AJ Pritchard has 'gone missing' from camp after he says ‘two sentences in three episodes’.

    Viewers have started to question the whereabouts of the Strictly Come Dancing star after his lack of time on screen.

    “Can we give AJ some actual screen time pls thank you!!,” asked one of his fans.

    Another commented: “Aj needs more air time!! imaceleb imacelebrity“.

    While a third queried: “Is AJ even in the castle? I swear I’ve not heard the guy speak once imaceleb” and “fully wondering where aj has gone this episode he’s said like one thing imaceleb“.

  • Dan Keane

    BEV CALLARD ACCUSED OF CHEATING BY EATING 'RABBIT AND EEL' THEN CLAIMING TO BE VEGAN

    I'm A Celebrity fans have accused Beverley Callard of lying about being vegan to cheat her way out of eating gross things in a Bushtucker trial.

    The Coronation Street actress, 63, took part in the vomit-inducing Fright of the Round Table trial last night with Vernon Kay and Jordan North.

    But she escaped horror plates such as sheep's penis, cow’s tongue and deer testicles because she's vegan.

    However, suspicious viewers believe Beverley tucked into rabbit and eel around the campfire on the first two nights after her co-stars were seen heartily eating their rewards for winning stars in trials.

    One viewer asked: “Didn’t she have rabbit and eel the 2 nights previous?!”

    Read our full report on that here.

  • Dan Keane

    SHANE RICHIE PLANS DRAG CAREER AFTER I'M A CELEB

    Shane Richie is planning a drag career after I’m A Celebrity as he launches TV show ‘Dads Do Drag’.

    The former EastEnders actor, who is currently holed up in a Welsh castle, is setting up a company using the catchy name.

    Shane, 56, got a taste for cross-dressing when he took to the West End stage last year.

    He wore five inch heels when he starred as drag queen Loco Chanelle in the musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

    The I’m A Celebrity favourite has registered the name 'Dads Do Drag' as a trademark under the classification for ‘development of formats for television programmes’.

    Have a read of our exclusive story here.



  • Shayma Bakht

    MO FARAH ANNOYED THAT WIFE GAVE AWAY HIS SNAKE PHOBIA TO PRODUCERS

    Mo Farah's wife Tania Nell said on This Morning that she let slip his biggest fear to the I'm a Celebrity producers before he went on the show, and he was annoyed.

    Telling hosts Phil and Alison, she said: “I think it's because I let slip to the producers when they came to check on us in isolation that he was scared of snakes.

    “I thought he had already told them that, and obviously he hadn't.

    “He was really annoyed that I'd told them.

    “He said 'well that's it, they're going to give me snakes now'.”

  • Shayma Bakht

    I'M A CELEB COULD RETURN TO THE WELSH CASTLE IN 2022

    I’m A Celebrity big wigs are considering hosting alternate years between the Australian jungle and the Welsh castle.

    Bosses are waiting to see how the new look show goes down with viewers before deciding.

    It would see next year’s series return to its usual home in Murwillumbah, New South Wales, before switching back to Gwrych Castle, in Wales, in 2022.

    A castle source said: “It’s been really challenging for everyone involved just to get the show on air this year, but it’s given producers a chance to reflect and take stock more than usual.

    “It means that next year Ant and Dec would be back in the traditional jungle, before returning to Wales again the following year.”

  • Shayma Bakht

    WHO ISJESSICA PLUMMER?

    Jessica joined EastEnders last year as hairdresser Chantelle, and became a fans’ favourite.

    She was involved in a harrowing year-long domestic abuse plot which ended with her murder at the hands of husband Gray.

    Producers hoped the storyline would show the devastating domestic impact of the Covid pandemic.

    It is also expected to land Jessica with a string of acting awards.

  • Shayma Bakht

    FANS MISSING KIOSK KEITH AS THEY SPOT HIDDEN TRIBUTE TO THE AUSSIE

    I'm A Celebrity fans spotted a sweet tribute to Aussie's Kiosk Kev as he was replaced for the Welsh series.

    Viewers met Kiosk Cledwyn for the first time tonight as Hollie Arnold and Giovanna Fletcher for the Castle Coin Challenge.

    And after placing the castle coins on his counter, a framed picture of Kiosk Kev on an Australian beach could be seen.

    It made viewers miss the Aussie equivalent, with one saying: “I miss kiosk keith.”

    Another said: “NO I DON'T LIKE IT I MISS KIOSK KEITH!”

  • Shayma Bakht

    OTHER VEGANS WHO HAVE TAKEN PART IN I'M A CELEB

    In the 2018 series X Factor’s Fleur East and Coronation Street’s Sair Khan were both vegans.

    James McVey from The vamps is a vegetarian and Nick Knowles had adopted a vegan lifestyle in the past.

    In 2017, stand-up comedian Shappi Khorsandi revealed that she was vegan shortly before joining the Jungle.

    However, she ditched her plant-based diet for the show. Eventually, she did confess to falling ill, where she requested vegan-only food for the remainder of the show.

    At the time, Shappi said: “I had meat, and I was really, really physically sick, five times in one hour. It was horrible.”

  • Shayma Bakht

    I'M A CELEB FANS SAY BEVERLEY HAD AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE BECAUSE OF VEGAN DIET

    I'm A Celeb fans flock to Twitter to accuse Beverley Callard of cheating during Tuesday's Trial due to her vegan diet.

    She was alongside Vernon Kay and Jordan North during the challenge, but while they cleaned up gross animal parts, she was snacked on fermented vegetables.

    One person tweeted: “What vegan food can be that bad? Surely being vegan for this is cheating?”

    Another said: “Vegan!! Is that not cheating?' with one fan also posting: 'Being a vegan is cheating on an eating challenge in I'm A Celeb surely!!?? Fermented plums and tofu against testicles and penis?”

    Beverley is not the first campmate with dietary requirements, which the 'jungle' have had to honour.

  • Shayma Bakht

    RUTHIE HENSHALL EXPLAINS WHY SHE IS SCARED OF GHOSTS

    West End star Ruthie Henshall, 53, exclusively told The Sun about her first encounter with ghosts and ghouls ahead of entering a haunted castle for I'm A Celeb.

    She said: “I remember when I was younger, I was about 17 or 18, I did stay in an old mill and to this day I swear I saw a ghost.

    “I was on my own in this mill and I think I got myself into a state. I kept hearing what I thought was the fridge door opening and closing and that sound of feet padding across a floor and I got so frightened at one point I put my head under the covers.

    “When I poked my head out there was a little bot in a grey school uniform and grey shorts. Like a grey shirt and a school type thing but old fashioned.

    “I honestly to this day have no idea if that was my imagination but that's what i saw. I've never stayed there on my own again.”

  • Shayma Bakht

    JOE SWASH AND OTHER EX-CAMPMATES TO JOIN 2020 SHOW

    Joe Swash – who was the 2008 I'm A Celeb winner – will join other ex-jungle campmates in the 2020 series.

    He will join 2015’s Jungle Queen Vicky Pattison, 33, Charlie Brooks, 39, who won in 2012, and former Towie star Joey Essex, 30, who finished fourth in 2013 in an appearance in the 2020 show.

    But producers on the show, being filmed at Gwrych Castle, near Abergele, Conwy, are keeping the exact involvement of the ex-contestants close to their chest.

  • Shayma Bakht

    VIEWERS SAY SHANE KNEW WHO NEW CELEBS WERE BECAUSE OF CODE WORD

    Viewers rushed to Twitter to claim Shane already new about new camp additions Russell Watson and Ruthie Henshall joining I'm A Celeb after he was caught whispering code word “R and R” to campmates.

    “Shane just said “RnR” and everyone agreed,” said one.

    “Then they announce Russell & Ruth, something tells me they know already.”

    Another added: “R&R Shane said and then Ruthie and Russell get announced that they don’t know about yet. How’d he know that then x.”

  • Shayma Bakht

    HOLLY ARNOLD MBE'S HIDDEN SINGING TALENT

    Giovanna persuaded Holly to reveal her secret singing talent, while on a challenge where they had to match quotes to campmates. One quote said: “My hidden talent is singing.”

    “It is, you're such a good singer!” replied Giovanna, who already knew it was Hollie who said it, “Go on, sing to us, go on!”

    “No, no,” said a modest Hollie.

    “I can't believe you're not singing to me right now, I feel deeply bereft,” replied Giovanna.

    Holly then burst into song and had viewers at home cheering her on.

  • Shayma Bakht

    RUSSELL WATSON TURNED DOWN I'M A CELEB SIX TIMES

    The opera superstar, who beat two brain tumours in 2006 and 2007, told The Sun he's ready to “test his metal” in Wales despite turning down the hit series half a dozen times.

    Explaining why he jumped at the offer in 2020, Russell, 54, said: “I've been asked six times and was asked at the beginning of this year.

    “I fancied doing something different. I don't think anyone has got to know my personality very well and I think it will be good to test my metal against the challenges.

    “Especially as I have spent most of the year not doing what I normally would do!”

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