Steve McDonald Vs Ian Beale! Soap rivals ‘sign on for I’m A Celebrity 2021’

Two veteran soap stars are reportedly set to compete on this year’s series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!  

Coronation Street star Simon Gregson – who plays Steve McDonald – and EastEnders actor Adam Woodyatt – who portrays Ian Beale – have allegedly signed on for the show, set to air next month from Gwrych Castle in Abergel, Wales.

According to The Sun, ITV are hoping that Simon, 47, and Adam, 53, will ‘provide some real comedy moments together’.

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Steve McDonald Vs Ian Beale! Coronation Street’s Simon Gregson [L] is reportedly set to compete against EastEnders soap rival Adam Woodyatt [R] on I’m A Celebrity 2021

‘To have both Simon and Adam on this series is a real coup. Bosses think they’ll provide some real comedy moments together,’ a source told the publication.

‘Bosses know Corrie fans will get right behind him. Everyone knows Simon as Steve but now they’ll get to see a completely different side of him for the first time.

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‘Simon has previously shunned all reality shows and he has turned down I’m A Celeb a number of times before. But now his children are older, Simon started to think the timing was right.’

The show often features Corrie stars, with Simon’s on-screen mother Liz, played by Beverley Callard, taking part last year.

Feisty: EastEnders actor Adam portrays Ian Beale on the BBC soap

Longstanding star: Coronation Street’s Simon plays Steve McDonald

The latest crop of contestants could be in for a rough first week as rain storms and 54mph winds threaten to batter the Welsh castle.

This year’s show has once again relocated from sunny Australia to Wales amid Covid restrictions, but long-range weather forecasts suggest that things will get off to a turbulent start.

Weather experts are predicting that the start of the show (tipped to be November 14th) will see half an inch of rain fall, while high winds will batter the castle.

According to The Sun, It’s also said that there will be 100% cloud cover, while temperature may struggle to get above zero degrees.   

They add that the camp could be affected by heavy rainfall in the first two weeks. 

Hosts! Ant and Dec are the presenters of the long-running series

Setting: This year’s show has once again relocated from sunny Australia to Wales amid Covid restrictions, with the famous faces once again heading to the derelict Gwrych Castle in Conwy County, north Wales

It comes as I’m A Celebrity bosses are set to yet again enforce a two week quarantine for the contestants to make sure they do not suffer similar crisis to Strictly Come Dancing.  

Producers are going to create a bubble for the famous faces which will attempt to avoid rows over vaccinations and keep them safe once in the camp at Gwrych Castle in Wales.

A show spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Like last year, our celebrities will do a two week quarantine with regular testing prior to entering the castle, and will then form a bubble for the duration of their time on the show.’ 

Wow: Long-range weather forecasts suggest that things will get off to a turbulent start, with weather experts predicting that the start of the show (tipped to be November 14th) will see half an inch of rain fall, while high winds will batter the castle

Chaos: It’s said that there will be 100% cloud cover, while temperature may struggle to get above zero degrees. They add that the camp could be affected by heavy rainfall in the first two weeks

It comes after another primetime show fell into disarray when Strictly Come Dancing had difficulties at the start of the series.  

Three professionals allegedly refused the Covid vaccination, while Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden tested positive for the disease – forcing them to miss an episode. 

The year before, the show’s first same-sex couple Katya Jones and Nicola Adams were forced to withdraw from the competition after Katya contracted the virus.  

Safe: I’m A Celebrity bosses are set to ‘enforce two week quarantine’ for the contestants to make sure they do not suffer similar crises to Strictly Come Dancing

Measures: Producers are reportedly going to create a bubble for the famous faces which will attempt to keep them safe once in the camp, which is set to be at at Gwrych Castle in Wales

Famous face: Rumoured to be in the line up for this year’s programme is broadcaster Richard Madeley

Last year, I’m A Celebrity required the celebrities to wear proximity monitors which flashed and buzzed when they came too close to one another. 

Bosses also scaled down the production team, and had cameras set up already on-site so cameramen didn’t have to be on the set. 

Also apparently set to join is journalist Richard Madeley who apparently signed a £200,000 contract with the reality show. 

A source told The Sun: ‘He’s a favourite with ITV execs. He’s brilliant off and on screen so it seemed as good a time as any to throw caution to the wind and eat animal bits.’ 

Dame Arlene Phillips has reportedly signed up to take part in this year’s series. 

Exciting: Dame Arlene Phillips has reportedly also signed up to take part in this year’s series (pictured this year)

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