Box­ing champ fac­ing up to spi­der fears

I’m a celebrIty: Khan joins group for jun­gle chal­lenge

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - LUCY MAP­STONE

The of­fi­cial line-up for this year’s I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! has been con­firmed by ITV.

Boxer Amir Khan, Corona­tion Street ac­tress Jen­nie McAlpine and Hol­lyoaks ac­tor Jamie Lo­mas are among the stars go­ing into the jun­gle for the re­al­ity TV se­ries, along with Boris John­son’s fa­ther Stan­ley John­son, Made In Chelsea’s Ge­or­gia “Toff” Tof­folo and Satur­days singer Vanessa White.

Co­me­dian Shappi Khor­sandi, YouTube per­son­al­ity Jack May­nard, ex-foot­baller Den­nis Wise and Re­bekah Vardy, the wife of foot­baller Jamie Vardy, will also take part in the pro­gramme, which be­gins on Sun­day.

Amir Khan has said he ex­pects I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! to be more dif­fi­cult than box­ing and he will “def­i­nitely” scream if he sees a spi­der.

The sports star, 30, is among the 10 celebri­ties head­ing into the Aus­tralian jun­gle for the new se­ries, which be­gins on Sun­day. The for­mer world cham­pion said: “I am one guy who hates spi­ders. When­ever I see a spi­der at home, I get my sis­ter to move it. I just don’t deal with it.

“I hope I don’t come across any of them when I am in the jun­gle but I know I am go­ing to. Will I scream? Yes def­i­nitely, but maybe this is the time where I face my pho­bias! I also hate snakes and heights too.”

He said he “can’t re­ally cook” but would rather at­tempt it than “face the spi­ders”.

Khan also said he is keen to get “away from the world” and be sep­a­rated from his phone for a while for a change of pace, ad­ding: “That said, this is go­ing to be harder than fac­ing an op­po­nent in a box­ing match be­cause it is out of my com­fort zone.

Pic­ture: PA.

The cast of this year’s I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

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