I’m tak­ing a Holl team

New I’m A Celeb host will fly fam­ily Down Un­der

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS -

HOLLY Wil­loughby says she is bring­ing “team fam­ily” with her Down Un­der to en­sure her stint on I’m A Celebrity is a suc­cess.

She is co-host­ing the ITV se­ries with De­clan Don­nelly as Ant Mcpartlin re­cov­ers from drink and drug ad­dic­tion.

The This Morn­ing star said: “My whole fo­cus has been work­ing out the fam­ily lo­gis­tics. The kids are coming out so we’ve had to or­gan­ise tu­tors.

“My mum and dad are join­ing us and my hus­band Dan will fly back and forth.”

For the first week of her stay on the Gold Coast, Holly will prob­a­bly re­main on her own and con­cen­trate on swot­ting up on con­tes­tants while work­ing on gags with Dec.

Her fam­ily will then join her when she is more re­laxed and ac­cus­tomed to the 2am alarm calls and 7am live shows.

Holly has been given Ant’s bless­ing and his top show tips.

She said: “It was a job I never wanted be­cause no one ever wanted Dec with­out Ant.

“We grew up in this busi­ness to­gether, we live near each other. Our fam­i­lies are friends.

“I felt hon­oured Dec trusted me to do it as it’s such a huge deal to work with some­one else. I told Ant I’d look af­ter his show for him, as well as Dec.”

Bosses have fi­nalised the line-up and the Mir­ror un­der­stands celebs in­clude X Fac­tor fi­nal­ist Fleur East, the BBC’S Nick Knowles, Hol­lyoaks star Malique Thomp­son-dwyer, The Chase’s Anne Hegerty, ex-spurs boss Harry Red­knapp, Cor­rie’s Sair Khan, In­be­tween­ers star Emily Atack and James Mcvey of The Vamps.

I’m A Celebrity kicks off in eight days’ time on Sun­day, Novem­ber 18, and con­tes­tants are ex­pected to start land­ing in Bris­bane this week­end.

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