Celebrity MasterChef pack mediocre line-up with reality TV stars including Vicky Pattison and Joey Essex – The Sun

COMPETITORS lined up for the new series of Celebrity MasterChef aren’t that famous . . . but they are awfully familiar.

That is because many are veterans of “dramality” and reality TV shows, the sort of folk Strictly Come Dancing bosses have tried to stop hiring these days.

Top of the list is Joey Essex, who started out on Towie but has since appeared in I’m A Celeb, The Jump and Celebs Go Dating.

He is closely followed by Vicky Pattison, who went from Geordie Shore to I’m A Celeb and Ex On The Beach, and former footballer Neil Ruddock, who has been on Celebrity Big Brother and I’m A Celeb.

Also preparing to cook are athlete Greg Rutherford and boxing promoter Kellie Maloney who have appeared on Strictly and Celebrity Big Brother respectively.

A TV insider said: “The line-up is a bit disappointing, with a third of contestants from dramality or reality TV backgrounds.

“The rest are relative unknowns with just a handful of genuinely famous people who are known for the careers that brought them fame in the first place.”

The truly famous names on the show are EastEnders’ actor Adam Woodyatt, top fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, Motown legend Martha Reeves, dancer Oti Mabuse, Death In Paradise actress Elizabeth Bourgine and DJ Judge Jules.

Also competing will be The Chase brainbox Jenny Ryan, Love Island’s Alex George, boxer Dillian Whyte, former marine and long-distance runner Andy Grant, weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker, comic Josie Long, Radio 1’s Rickie Haywood-Williams and actor and Radio 1Xtra host Mim Shaikh.

I hope they cook up some better celebs next time or the programme is heading just one way . . . down the pan.


ROSS Kemp's long-awaited ITV series called Living With. . .   starts July 25 after being delayed from its expected transmission date earlier this year. Episode one sees him investigate the plight of homeless people.

Amanda 'I can't hold on'

FAME can open lots of doors, but it can’t help you out when nature calls, as Amanda Holden has readily confirmed.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge is the latest name to join a list of celebs getting caught short at unfortunate moments, with her tale following on from Sharon Osbourne's.

Sharon confessed to pooing on her own lawn and blaming it on the dog. Amanda’s embarrassment came when she simply couldn’t wait after suffering with “a funny tummy” on her way home from a night out.

Speaking on ITV2’s Shopping With Keith Lemon, she said: “And my then boyfriend, this is how much he loved me, went home and he rinsed my knickers.”
Wonder why they split up?

Hope's helper will TY fiz up in knots

JENNIE McApline announced her return to Weatherfield last week after taking time off to have her second child, Hilda. And she will be thrown straight in at the deep end when it comes to a new storyline for Fiz.

I can reveal bosses have cast a new character called Jade, played by Lottie Henshall, who is set to interfere in Fiz’s relationship with on-off boyfriend Tyrone (Alan Halsall)in the coming months.

It comes as Fiz’s daughter Hope returns to Coronation Street after attending a specialist school in Birmingham when her behavioural issues spiralled out of control.

An ITV source said: “Jade arrives as a teaching assistant from Birmingham, who Fiz asks to help Hope readjust and settle back into the family home. As Hope loves Jade, Fiz invites her to stay and tutor her daughter. Her character drives a wedge between Tyrone and Fiz after she moves in with them.”

It’s always a rough ride over those cobbles.


AMERICA’s version of Love Island has not enchanted the public, bombing in week one. The US show debuted on CBS on Tuesday with just 2.7million viewers – many of whom then took to Twitter to roundly pan the format.

Emilia is one in £1m

THE charity set up by Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke after she suffered two strokes has raised ­£1million in its first year, I can exclusively reveal.

The actress, best known as Daenerys Targaryen in the hit series, formed SameYou – which helps ­people with brain injuries and raises awareness of the issue.

Emilia survived brain aneurysms in 2011 and 2013, and needed surgical procedures to ease the life-threatening problem. She raised the seven-figure sum through charity events she fronted – with £800,000 instantly going to the Royal College of Nursing Foundation.

If only all celebrities could give up their time to do something so positive.


TONIGHT sees Willow Somers disown her conwoman mum Andrea in Neighbours, and Dee say a bittersweet goodbye to Toadie.


DEADLY END Corrie's Katie McGlynn to exit soap after Sinead Tinker loses cancer battle

STEP BACK Stacey Dooley quits Kevin Clifton's pad as whirlwind romance 'moved too fast'

PHILS AND KILLS EastEnders' Phil Mitchell left for dead after row spirals out of control

Sheila arranges for Amy and Gary to babysit so Ms Williams will realise he is not father material.

In Home and Away John and Marilyn reach an impasse as he wants to be Jett’s carer, while she does not want to leave Raffy. Meanwhile, Willow Harris seems to have finally made Bella see the error of her ways.

In Hollyoaks James’s actions shock Marnie, Ste goes on a date with Jed and Maxine calls in Sienna to help organise her wedding.

must watch

WHAT? Mad Cow Disease: The Great British Beef Scandal, BBC2, 9pm.
WHY? A look at Britain’s biggest food-related crisis which led to the death of 15-year-old Claire McVey and almost destroyed the UK beef industry.

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