Arlene Phillips is the first name to be revealed for this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! … and at 78, she’s going to be the oldest campmate in the show’s history
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Dame Arlene Phillips is set to become the oldest contestant ever to take part in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
The 78-year-old former Strictly Come Dancing judge, honoured by the Queen earlier this year for services to dance and charity, will also be the first Dame on the show.
The previous oldest contestant was Boris Johnson ’s dad Stanley, who was 77 when he appeared in 2017.
Harry Redknapp was 71 when he triumphed in 2018 and Caitlyn Jenner was 70 when she signed up in 2019.
But while they all went to sunny Australia, Arlene will brave the cold as the show returns to Gwrych Castle in North Wales for the second year.
But a source said she is unlikely to be fazed by the conditions, adding: “Arlene is strong and tough and her energy is boundless.
“No doubt she’ll have the group dancing around the campfire in a bid to beat the cold and keep morale high. Should be fun.”
Born in Prestwich, Lancs, in 1943, Arlene moved to London as a teen and quickly established herself in the dance industry.
She worked on adverts before moving on to West End shows, films including 1982’s Annie and music videos such as Duran Duran’s The Wild Boys.
In 1974 she set up dance troupe Hot Gossip, who performed in music videos and TV shows.
The award-winning choreographer, who directs new musical The Cher Show next year, recently said she was ready for fresh challenges.
She added: “I now want to do things that are totally out of my comfort zone.”
And it seems she will get her wish when she joins the show.
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Vernon Kay this week warned I’m a Celebrity was going to be even tougher this year than last year, when he appeared.
“I’ve heard that it’s going to be more vicious, it’s going to be on a bigger scale,” he said.
“And they’re going to be doing lots more activities.”
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