As the nation prepares to be glued to their TV screens when the new series of I’m a Celebrity returns on Sunday, it appears that eager punters already have their eyes of who may be crowned King or Queen of the castle in a couple of weeks time.
Up until now, Frankie Bridge has dominated the early betting market. However, following a sudden flurry of bets being placed, bookmakers have slashed Louise Minchin odds of being crowned the Queen of the castle from 6/1 to just 7/2, making her the favourite with a number of bookmakers, reports BestofBets.com.
And as the campfire is set to be lit on November 21, soap royalty, football legends, musicians and Olympians will get ready to battle it out.
Simon Gregson, aka Coronation Street’s Steve McDonald (6/1), is going up against EastEnders’ longest-serving actor Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale) (12/1), as the king of the cobbles takes on the Walford legend. Meanwhile, former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, 78, has choreographed a number of West End and Broadway musicals, and in waltzing her way into the castle becomes the show’s oldest ever contestant – beating 2018’s king of the jungle, Harry Redknapp (77); she’s currently the outsider at 30/1.
A BestofBets.com spokesperson added: “At 78-years-old, Phillips will be the oldest ever celebrity to take part in I’m a Celebrity and based on age only, punters believe she’ll be the first one to go. However, what people forget is that Harry Redknapp currently holds the record for oldest contestant to appear on the show and not only did he win the show – he was the most popular, and backed, contestant ever to appear on the show. So never say never.”
Another household name to join the hit show is Good Morning Britain host Richard Madeley. The 65-year-old TV presenter’s wife Judy Finnigan has often teased whether he would do the show and son-in-law James Haskell competed in 2019. Fans of the presenter have been desperate to see him do the Bushtucker trials and now they can back their man at 9/1.
Tom Daley’s diving partner and Olympian Matty Lee, 27, shot to fame when winning gold in the synchronised diving at this summer’s Tokyo Games and is 20/1, while Shahid Khan (DJ Naughty Boy), who had originally planned to take part last year but was replaced by eventual runner-up Jordan North, is 9/1.
Eltham-born Radio 1 Extra host Snoochie Shy – real name Cheyenne Davide – is 16/1, whilst Emmerdale star Danny Miller, aka Aaron Dingle, is 6/1. Frenchman and former Newcastle, Tottenham and Aston Villa footballer David Ginola is 7/1 whilst para-sport athlete and Celebrity Masterchef champion Kadeena Cox, 30, is 16/1.
I’m a Celebrity Winner:
- Louise Minchin 7/2
- Frankie Bridge 4/1
- Danny Miller 6/1
- Simon Gregson – 6/1
- David Ginola 7/1
- Richard Madeley 9/1
- DJ Naughty Boy 9/1
- Adam Woodyatt 12/1
- Snoochie Shy 16/1
- Kadeena Cox 16/1
- Matty Lee 20/1
- Arlene Phillips 30/1
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