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Taylor Swift sparkles in sequin turtleneck as Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris dazzle at ACM Awards

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It was originally slated to be a star-studded event taking place in Las Vegas in April but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And on Wednesday night, the Academy of Country Music Awards hosted a scaled back and socially distanced annual awards show in Nashville, Tennessee. 

But despite being a mix of pre-recorded and live segments, with performances taking place at three different venues in Nashville, the stars still managed to put on a fashion show for their big night. 

Taylor Swift kept her look low-key as she arrived at the famous Grand Ole Opry while Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris led the way on the red carpet at the Ryman Auditorium with gorgeous and colorful outfits

Taylor, 30, is returning to the awards show after an absence of seven years and will perform Betty from album Folklore during the telecast.

The superstar posed for photos outside the Grand Ole Opry in a dark red sequin turtleneck which she paired with tailored beige pants.

She added a pair of shiny black sandal heels with chunky gold ankle straps and wore her blonde hair styled back from her face.

The artist, who has nine ACM Awards to her name, completed her look with a splash of scarlet red lip color. 

Stylish: Taylor, 30, posed for photos outside the Grand Ole Opry in a dark red sequin turtleneck which she paired with beige pants and black strappy heels with chunky gold ankle straps

Stylish: Taylor, 30, posed for photos outside the Grand Ole Opry in a dark red sequin turtleneck which she paired with beige pants and black strappy heels with chunky gold ankle straps

Stylish: Taylor, 30, posed for photos outside the Grand Ole Opry in a dark red sequin turtleneck which she paired with beige pants and black strappy heels with chunky gold ankle straps

She's back: The superstar , who has nine ACM Awards to her name,is returning to the show after an absence of seven years and will perform Betty from album Folklore during the telecast

She's back: The superstar , who has nine ACM Awards to her name,is returning to the show after an absence of seven years and will perform Betty from album Folklore during the telecast

She’s back: The superstar , who has nine ACM Awards to her name,is returning to the show after an absence of seven years and will perform Betty from album Folklore during the telecast

Kelsea, 27, went for a leggy look in a two-tone sparkly mini dress with asymmetrical hem.

The outfit had a rust colored top and long sleeves complete with shoulder sash while the skit was a contrasting deep purple.

It was dotted with black shapes the sash was fastened at the waist with a large diamond triangle clip. 

The First Time hitmaker added a pair of sparkly rust and black cowboy boots, wore her long blonde hair in a half ponytail and accessorized with large hoop earrings. 

Stunning: Kelsea, 27, went for a leggy look in a two-tone sparkly mini dress with asymmetrical hem and matching cowboy boots

Stunning: Kelsea, 27, went for a leggy look in a two-tone sparkly mini dress with asymmetrical hem and matching cowboy boots

Stunning: Kelsea, 27, went for a leggy look in a two-tone sparkly mini dress with asymmetrical hem and matching cowboy boots

Sleek: A shoulder sash was fastened at the waist with a large diamond triangle clasp and she wore her long blonde hair in a half ponytail and accessorized with large hoop earrings

Sleek: A shoulder sash was fastened at the waist with a large diamond triangle clasp and she wore her long blonde hair in a half ponytail and accessorized with large hoop earrings

Sleek: A shoulder sash was fastened at the waist with a large diamond triangle clasp and she wore her long blonde hair in a half ponytail and accessorized with large hoop earrings

Maren, 30, chose an eye-catching tropical-themed long-sleeve dress with a very low-cut neckline.

The singer, who gave birth to her first child back in March, stepped out in bright orange sandal heels and added colorful earrings.

Her long hair was styled back from her forehead and fell sleekly down over her shoulders.

Shining bright: Maren, 30, chose an eye-catching tropical-themed long-sleeve dress with a very low-cut neckline and stepped out in bright orange sandal heels

Shining bright: Maren, 30, chose an eye-catching tropical-themed long-sleeve dress with a very low-cut neckline and stepped out in bright orange sandal heels

Shining bright: Maren, 30, chose an eye-catching tropical-themed long-sleeve dress with a very low-cut neckline and stepped out in bright orange sandal heels

Colorful: The singer, who gave birth to her first child back in March, added gold earrings and wore her hair styled back from her face which was made up with purple eye-shadow

Colorful: The singer, who gave birth to her first child back in March, added gold earrings and wore her hair styled back from her face which was made up with purple eye-shadow

Colorful: The singer, who gave birth to her first child back in March, added gold earrings and wore her hair styled back from her face which was made up with purple eye-shadow

Take two: Later in the night, she changed into another cleavage-baring dress still with a tropical theme and equally eye-catching heels

Take two: Later in the night, she changed into another cleavage-baring dress still with a tropical theme and equally eye-catching heels

Take two: Later in the night, she changed into another cleavage-baring dress still with a tropical theme and equally eye-catching heels

Pretty look: Miranda Lambert decided to keep it country with a fringed blue shirt and black trousers embroidered with blue patterns, adding a red carpet touch with silver heels

Pretty look: Miranda Lambert decided to keep it country with a fringed blue shirt and black trousers embroidered with blue patterns, adding a red carpet touch with silver heels

Pretty look: Miranda Lambert decided to keep it country with a fringed blue shirt and black trousers embroidered with blue patterns, adding a red carpet touch with silver heels

Looking good: The songbird, 36, wore her long blonde hair in a jaunty ponytail and added a statement rhinestone belt with huge buckle to her ensemble

Looking good: The songbird, 36, wore her long blonde hair in a jaunty ponytail and added a statement rhinestone belt with huge buckle to her ensemble

Looking good: The songbird, 36, wore her long blonde hair in a jaunty ponytail and added a statement rhinestone belt with huge buckle to her ensemble

Miranda Lambert decided to keep it country with a fringed blue shirt and black trousers embroidered with blue patterns, adding a red carpet touch with silver heels.

The songbird, 36, wore her long blonde hair in a jaunty ponytail and added a statement rhinestone belt with huge buckle to her ensemble.

Lauren Alaina, 25, glammed it up in a full-length navy dress with huge ruffle across the asymmetrical neckline.

The Road Less Traveled artist and American idol alum piled her long blonde hair high on top of her head.

Pregnant Mickey Guyton, 37, showcased her baby bump in a white dress with drop shoulders and a thigh-high split. 

Lauren Alaina, 25, glammed it up in a full-length navy dress with huge ruffle across the asymmetrical neckline

Lauren Alaina, 25, glammed it up in a full-length navy dress with huge ruffle across the asymmetrical neckline

Pregnant Mickey Guyton, 37, showcased her baby bump in a white dress with drop shoulders and a thigh-high split

Pregnant Mickey Guyton, 37, showcased her baby bump in a white dress with drop shoulders and a thigh-high split

Glam: Lauren Alaina, 25, looked lovely in a full-length navy dress with huge ruffle across the asymmetrical neckline while pregnant Mickey Guyton, 37, showcased her baby bump in a white dress with drop shoulders and a thigh-high split

Relaxed: Luke Bryan, 44, kept it casual in a tan bomber jacket over a plaid shirt and blue jeans with beige suede boots

Relaxed: Luke Bryan, 44, kept it casual in a tan bomber jacket over a plaid shirt and blue jeans with beige suede boots

Relaxed: Luke Bryan, 44, kept it casual in a tan bomber jacket over a plaid shirt and blue jeans with beige suede boots

Nominee: Thomas Rhett, 30, went with an untucked shirt paired with jeans and boots

Nominee: Thomas Rhett, 30, went with an untucked shirt paired with jeans and boots

Nominee: Thomas Rhett, 30, went with an untucked shirt paired with jeans and boots

The awards show was hosted by Keith Urban and in addition to the Grand Ole Opry and the historic Ryman Auditorium, it made use of Nashville’s famous The Bluebird Cafe. 

Urban will be joined by Pink for the television world premiere of their new collaboration One Too Many.

Others performing during the telecast include Trisha Yearwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Mickey Guyton, Tim McGraw, and Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani.

 All five nominees for entertainer of the year – Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett – will take the stage to perform a medley of their greatest hits.

Winner: Canadian country singer Tenille Townes, 26, went with a shiny black catsuit belted at the waist. She won the award for New Female Artist

Winner: Canadian country singer Tenille Townes, 26, went with a shiny black catsuit belted at the waist. She won the award for New Female Artist

Winner: Canadian country singer Tenille Townes, 26, went with a shiny black catsuit belted at the waist. She won the award for New Female Artist 

Stayed safe: Eric Church, 43, kept his face mask on as he posed for photos wearing a black shirt, trousers and shoes with a chocolate brown jacket and shades

Stayed safe: Eric Church, 43, kept his face mask on as he posed for photos wearing a black shirt, trousers and shoes with a chocolate brown jacket and shades

Stayed safe: Eric Church, 43, kept his face mask on as he posed for photos wearing a black shirt, trousers and shoes with a chocolate brown jacket and shades

Hit duo: Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line also walked the red carpet

Hit duo: Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line also walked the red carpet

Hit duo: Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line also walked the red carpet

Dapper: Darius Rucker, 54, was nattily attired in a black tuxedo with white open-neck shirt and shiny dress shoes

Dapper: Darius Rucker, 54, was nattily attired in a black tuxedo with white open-neck shirt and shiny dress shoes

Dapper: Darius Rucker, 54, was nattily attired in a black tuxedo with white open-neck shirt and shiny dress shoes

Singer Cam, 35, went with a gossamer-style outfit belted at the waist

Singer Cam, 35, went with a gossamer-style outfit belted at the waist

Model Lily Aldridge, 34, chose a two-tone dress with bandeau top and added a matching choker

Model Lily Aldridge, 34, chose a two-tone dress with bandeau top and added a matching choker

Contrasts: Singer Cam, 35, went with a gossamer-style outfit belted at the waist, while model Lily Aldridge, 34, chose a two-tone dress with bandeau top and added a matching choker

Girl group: Natalie Stovall, Naomi Cooke, and Jennifer Wayne of Runaway June walked the carpet together

Girl group: Natalie Stovall, Naomi Cooke, and Jennifer Wayne of Runaway June walked the carpet together

Girl group: Natalie Stovall, Naomi Cooke, and Jennifer Wayne of Runaway June walked the carpet together

2020 ACM Awards Winners

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett – TIE – WINNER

Carrie Underwood – TIE – WINNER

Golden girl: Carrie Underwood took the top honor along with Thomas Rhett in a historic tie for Entertainer of the Year

Golden girl: Carrie Underwood took the top honor along with Thomas Rhett in a historic tie for Entertainer of the Year

Golden girl: Carrie Underwood took the top honor along with Thomas Rhett in a historic tie for Entertainer of the Year

 

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Maren Morris – WINNER

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood

Wow factor: Maren Morris earned Female Artist of the Year

Wow factor: Maren Morris earned Female Artist of the Year

Wow factor: Maren Morris earned Female Artist of the Year

 

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Dierks Bentley

Luke Combs – WINNER

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

 

DUO OF THE YEAR

Brooks & Dunn

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay – WINNER

Florida Georgia Line

Maddie & Tae

 

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Midland

Old Dominion – WINNER

The Highwomen

Squad goals: Old Dominion were a big winner as they earned Group of the Year

Squad goals: Old Dominion were a big winner as they earned Group of the Year

Squad goals: Old Dominion were a big winner as they earned Group of the Year

 

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ingrid Andress

Gabby Barrett

Lindsay Ell

Caylee Hammack

Tenille Townes – WINNER

 

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Jordan Davis

Russell Dickerson

Riley Green – WINNER

Cody Johnson

Morgan Wallen 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett

GIRL – Maren Morris

Heartache Medication – Jon Pardi

What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs – WINNER

Wildcard – Miranda Lambert

Double fisting: Luke Combs won Album Of The Year and Male Artist of the Year

Double fisting: Luke Combs won Album Of The Year and Male Artist of the Year

Double fisting: Luke Combs won Album Of The Year and Male Artist of the Year

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton – WINNER

“One Man Band” – Old Dominion

“Rainbow” – Kacey Musgraves

“Rumor” – Lee Brice

“What If I Never Get Over You” – Lady Antebellum

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber

“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” – Ashley McBryde

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton

“One Man Band” – Old Dominion – WINNER

“Some of It” – Eric Church

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton

“One Man Band” – Old Dominion

“Remember You Young” – Thomas Rhett – WINNER

“Sugar Coat” – Little Big Town

Sweet: Thomas Rhett not only took home Entertainer of the Year but also earned Video of the Year

Sweet: Thomas Rhett not only took home Entertainer of the Year but also earned Video of the Year

Sweet: Thomas Rhett not only took home Entertainer of the Year but also earned Video of the Year

 

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Ashley Gorley

Michael Hardy

Hillary Lindsey – WINNER

Shane McAnally

Josh Osborne

 

MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber

“Dive Bar” – Garth Brooks feat. Blake Shelton

“Fooled Around and Fell in Love” – Miranda Lambert feat. Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack & Elle King – WINNER

“Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus

“What Happens in a Small Town” – Brantley Gilbert feat. Lindsay Ell

 

 

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Todd McKenney reveals who the WORST stripper on All New Monty has been over its seasons

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Many celebrities have volunteered to strip down for Seven’s Full Monty over the years to raise awareness for men’s and women’s cancers.

And on Sunday, Todd McKenney rated which male stars were better than others when it came to learning the art of stripping for the TV program. 

Speaking to news.com.au, the 55-year-old admitted that there were a handful stars he was least impressed with during his time choreographing The All New Monty.  

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Australian entertainer Todd McKenney (pictured) has revealed which star he was least impressed with during his time choreographing Channel Seven's The All New Monty

Australian entertainer Todd McKenney (pictured) has revealed which star he was least impressed with during his time choreographing Channel Seven's The All New Monty

Australian entertainer Todd McKenney (pictured) has revealed which star he was least impressed with during his time choreographing Channel Seven’s The All New Monty

Best known for his musical talents and as a judge on Australia’s Dancing With The Stars, Todd said breakfast TV weatherman Sam Mac was the ‘dodgiest stripper’.

‘In terms of enthusiasm he was one of the best, but in terms of raw stripping dance ability… let’s just say he got there,’ he said.

Todd explained that AFL star Wayne Carey, who is set to bare all this week, also struggled.

‘For a footballer who knows how to move so well on the field, he’s a bit of a fish out of water on the dance floor,’ McKenney explained. 

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Disaster! Speaking to news.com.au, the 55-year-old admitted that breakfast TV weatherman Sam Mac (left), was the ‘dodgiest stripper’. Pictured alongside model Kris Smith (right)

When asked who was the most talented star to appear on the show, the Australian entertainer named former Bachelor star Matthew ‘Matty J’ Johnson.

This year, eight men and seven women are part of the current season, with the male stars set to strip down on Sunday night’s show. 

The male performers this year will include former Home and Away star Orpheus Pledger, Samuel Johnson, TV presenter Adam Dovile and model Tom Derickx. 

Todd also explained that AFL star Wayne Carey, (pictured) also struggled. 'For a footballer who knows how to move so well on the field, he’s a bit of a fish out of water,' McKenney explained

Todd also explained that AFL star Wayne Carey, (pictured) also struggled. 'For a footballer who knows how to move so well on the field, he’s a bit of a fish out of water,' McKenney explained

Todd also explained that AFL star Wayne Carey, (pictured) also struggled. ‘For a footballer who knows how to move so well on the field, he’s a bit of a fish out of water,’ McKenney explained

Danielle Spencer, reality star-turned-actress Sam Frost, national treasure Patti Newton and Olympic swimmer Leisel Jones are among the females this year.

The performance was filmed in front of a crowd at the Enmore theater in Sydney. 

The All New Monty: Guys and Gals continues Sunday at 7pm on Channel Seven 

Baring all! Danielle Spencer, reality star-turned-actress Sam Frost, national treasure Patti Newton and Olympic swimmer Leisel Jones are among the females this year

Baring all! Danielle Spencer, reality star-turned-actress Sam Frost, national treasure Patti Newton and Olympic swimmer Leisel Jones are among the females this year

Baring all! Danielle Spencer, reality star-turned-actress Sam Frost, national treasure Patti Newton and Olympic swimmer Leisel Jones are among the females this year

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TOWIE’s Chloe Sims flaunts her assets in a denim shirt on a girls night out with Frankie and Demi

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She’s been busy filming for the new series of TOWIE and reconnecting with her pal Pete Wicks after their falling out back in January.

And Chloe Sims appeared to be in great spirits as she enjoyed some quality time with her sisters Frankie and Demi on a girls night out in London on Saturday. 

The reality TV star, 37, looked sensational as she flaunted her eye-popping cleavage in a denim shirt which she left unbuttoned at the front.

Girls night: Chloe Sims, 37, looked sensational as she stepped out with her two sisters Frankie and Demi in London on Saturday night

Girls night: Chloe Sims, 37, looked sensational as she stepped out with her two sisters Frankie and Demi in London on Saturday night

Girls night: Chloe Sims, 37, looked sensational as she stepped out with her two sisters Frankie and Demi in London on Saturday night

Chloe showed off her fashion credentials in a pair of flared jeans that highlighted her toned figure and were covered in a trendy star print.

Not one to forget her accessories, Chloe continued with the wild-west theme by toting a white leather fringed bag and adding a selection of stylish bracelets.

The blonde beauty wore her long locks down and perfectly curled, letting them cascade over her shoulders as she strutted into the venue.

Chloe was joined on the night out to Bagatelle by her two stylish younger sisters Frankie, 25, and Demi, 23.

Denim dreams: The TOWIE star flaunted her sizzling figure in a pair of flared jeans covered in a cool star print (pictured with Frankie on the left and Demi in the middle)

Denim dreams: The TOWIE star flaunted her sizzling figure in a pair of flared jeans covered in a cool star print (pictured with Frankie on the left and Demi in the middle)

Denim dreams: The TOWIE star flaunted her sizzling figure in a pair of flared jeans covered in a cool star print (pictured with Frankie on the left and Demi in the middle)

The youngest Sims beauty put on a leggy display in a black mini skirt and matching leather jacket.

Demi also flashed her taut abs by donning a white crop top with writing across the front before finishing up her fashionable ensemble with a pair of clear heels.

Meanwhile, Frankie followed Chloe’s lead in a pair of denim trousers but added her own twist by opting for a cargo pant style.

She displayed her ample assets in a plunging white top before covering up her shoulders by draping a tan blazer jacket over them.

Work it: The youngest Sims sister Demi put on a leggy display in a leather mini skirt and matching jacket

Work it: The youngest Sims sister Demi put on a leggy display in a leather mini skirt and matching jacket

Sizzling: Demi added a pop of colour to her ensemble with a slick of red lipstick

Sizzling: Demi added a pop of colour to her ensemble with a slick of red lipstick

Work it: The youngest Sims sister Demi put on a leggy display in a leather mini skirt and matching black jacket

Family: The blonde beauties held hands as they made their way along the street

Family: The blonde beauties held hands as they made their way along the street

Family: The blonde beauties held hands as they made their way along the street

Frankie wore her long blonde locks down and poker straight and was seen laughing as she arrived at the venue with her two sisters.

It comes after Chloe finally talked to her former pal Pete Wicks after eight months of not speaking.  

In an exclusive preview shared with MailOnline, the reality stars are seen talking about their feud while standing beside some water. 

However things soon get a little heated as Chloe airs her grievances and explains to Pete why she’s been unhappy with their friendship.

Sister sister: Demi and Chloe opted for curls, while Frankie styled her tresses poker straight

Sister sister: Demi and Chloe opted for curls, while Frankie styled her tresses poker straight

Sister sister: Demi and Chloe opted for curls, while Frankie styled her tresses poker straight

Style: Frankie flaunted her cleavage in a plunging white t-shirt

Style: Frankie flaunted her cleavage in a plunging white t-shirt

Stunning: She covered her shoulders with an oversized tan blazer jacket

Stunning: She covered her shoulders with an oversized tan blazer jacket

Style: Frankie flaunted her cleavage in a plunging white t-shirt before covering her shoulders with an oversized tan blazer jacket

Glam: The blonde beauty also opted for denim, donning a cargo pant style pair of trousers

Glam: The blonde beauty also opted for denim, donning a cargo pant style pair of trousers

Glam: The blonde beauty also opted for denim, donning a cargo pant style pair of trousers

Pete kick starts the awkward conversation by asking if there’s ‘anything’ Chloe would like to say. 

She then replies: ‘Not really, I don’t wanna be rude in front of Peggy [Pete’s dog], but you were a bit of an a***hole. 

‘Towards the end of our friendship I felt like you started dismissing my feelings and … are you going to look at me or are you going to look at the bush? 

‘I feel like you were dismissing how I felt a lot, I’ve confided in you, I’ve told you everything and told you all my secrets… and I know I’m a lot. 

‘I know I can be clingy and I can be jealous that is who I am, so if you don’t like those things then we can’t be friends cause I’m not going to change, I am who I am.’ 

Posers: The sisters sizzled as they worked all their best angles outside Bagatelle in London

Posers: The sisters sizzled as they worked all their best angles outside Bagatelle in London

Posers: The sisters sizzled as they worked all their best angles outside Bagatelle in London

Pete then tried to interject, telling Chloe to ‘hold on, hold on’, but to no avail as she continued to explain how she was feeling.

She continued: ‘No, I’m getting to my point. Obviously when the pandemic happened I just thought ‘omg I need Pete, I need to talk to Pete”

Pete then asked his former close pal, ‘so why didn’t ya?’ with Chloe replying that she ‘didn’t know if you would be there even if I did reach out’.

During the interaction Pete appears to be concentrating hard on what Chloe has to say about what went wrong between them.

Despite finally chatting about what the problem is, the pair did not reveal why they had fallen out in the first place in the clip.

Having it out: The girls night out comes after Chloe finally spoke to her pal Pete Wicks and accused him of 'dismissing her feelings' during the confrontation

Having it out: The girls night out comes after Chloe finally spoke to her pal Pete Wicks and accused him of 'dismissing her feelings' during the confrontation

Having it out: The girls night out comes after Chloe finally spoke to her pal Pete Wicks and accused him of ‘dismissing her feelings’ during the confrontation 

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I’m A Celebrity producers are ‘planning to draft in familiar faces’ from previous shows to feature in one-off bushtucker trials to commemorate its 20th series.  

ITV bosses would welcome former contestants to take part in the challenges on the show which has relocated from Australia to Gwrych Castle in Wales amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Stand-out contestants who are reportedly in the running are Stacey Solomon, 30, who was crowned Queen of the Jungle in 2010, and radio DJ Tony Blackburn, 77, who became the first winner in 2002. 

Queen of the Jungle: I'm A Celebrity producers are 'planning to draft in familiar faces' from previous series such as Stacey Solomon (pictured in 2010) and Tony Blackburn to feature in one-off bushtucker trials

Queen of the Jungle: I'm A Celebrity producers are 'planning to draft in familiar faces' from previous series such as Stacey Solomon (pictured in 2010) and Tony Blackburn to feature in one-off bushtucker trials

Queen of the Jungle: I’m A Celebrity producers are ‘planning to draft in familiar faces’ from previous series such as Stacey Solomon (pictured in 2010) and Tony Blackburn to feature in one-off bushtucker trials

A source told The Sun: ‘They’re using the fact they’re in the UK to their advantage and plan to draft in familiar faces to pop up in trials.’ 

Other notable contestants who are reportedly in the frame are Scarlett Moffatt, 29, who won the show in 2016 and Phil Tufnell, 54, who was crowned King of the Jungle in 2003 – the same year he retired as a professional cricketer.  

MailOnline has contacted I’m A Celebrity representatives for comment.   

Scary: Stand-out contestants include radio DJ Tony Blackburn, 77, who became the first winner in 2002

Scary: Stand-out contestants include radio DJ Tony Blackburn, 77, who became the first winner in 2002

Scary: Stand-out contestants include radio DJ Tony Blackburn, 77, who became the first winner in 2002

Star: Other notable contestants in the frame are Phil Tufnell, 54, who was crowned King of the Jungle in 2003 - the same year he retired as a professional cricketer

Star: Other notable contestants in the frame are Phil Tufnell, 54, who was crowned King of the Jungle in 2003 - the same year he retired as a professional cricketer

Star: Other notable contestants in the frame are Phil Tufnell, 54, who was crowned King of the Jungle in 2003 – the same year he retired as a professional cricketer

It comes as I’m A Celebrity bosses have reportedly forked out millions to make the 19th-century castle where this year’s series is being held in North Wales safe.

It has apparently been a costly affair to transform the castle into a TV set, as workers installed electrics and pipes to provide the location with running water. 

According to the Sun, the star-studded line-up of campmates will be housed under a waterproof roof in a show first to protect them from the bitter UK climate.   

Return? Scarlett Moffatt, 29, who won the show in 2016, is a possible contestant in the frame

Return? Scarlett Moffatt, 29, who won the show in 2016, is a possible contestant in the frame

Return? Scarlett Moffatt, 29, who won the show in 2016, is a possible contestant in the frame 

A show source said: ‘This isn’t a holiday camp for the stars, but without a roof, everyone would have been utterly miserable for three weeks, which would not make great telly.

‘It will still be hard work but slightly warmer than if it snows where they are sleeping. ITV want viewers to largely recognise the show.’ 

In pictures obtained by the publication, a studio where hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly has been erected, as well as an uncovered area where contestants will be allowed to light a camp fire. 

A section of the location where they will sleep has been covered with strong plastic to keep the winds and rain at bay.

MailOnline have contacted I’m A Celebrity for comment. 

Last month Kevin Lygo, the Director of Television at ITV, has revealed that all stars for this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! have been confirmed.  

And while rumours circulate that Selling Sunset’s Christine Quinn, presenter Vernon Kay, and Coronation Street’s Beverley Callard have signed up, Lygo assures all of the as-yet-unnamed stars have been confirmed – despite the change of location. 

Presenters: In pictures obtained by the publication, a studio where hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly has been erected, as well as an uncovered area where contestants will be allowed to light a camp fire

Presenters: In pictures obtained by the publication, a studio where hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly has been erected, as well as an uncovered area where contestants will be allowed to light a camp fire

Presenters: In pictures obtained by the publication, a studio where hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly has been erected, as well as an uncovered area where contestants will be allowed to light a camp fire

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