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The Celebrity MasterChef 2019 lineup has been unveiled, with popular stars from across the entertainment and sporting worlds battling it out for this year’s coveted trophy.
Hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Nadia Sawalha, Phil Vickery and Kimberly Wyatt, the eclectic new bunch will appear over the coming weeks, showing off their culinary prowess under the watchful eyes of judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.
It’s a varied turnout for 2019 – with TOWIE star Joey Essex, Strictly Pro Oti Mabuse, transgender boxing promoter Kellie Maloney and The Chase quizzer Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan taking on the challenge.
BBC bosses teased three of the line-up on Wednesday, ahead of the full announcement on Thursday.
French Death In Paradise actress Elizabeth Bourgine, 62, was the first to be unveiled, with Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti, 28, confirmed next.
Next was EastEnders actor Adam Woodyatt, 51, who was heavily rumoured to be taking part earlier in the year.
Adam – who for 34 years has played cafe boss Ian Beale in the British soap – will be hoping to win the title of MasterChef champion, currently held by last year’s victor John Partridge, who also happens to be his former-EastEnders co-star.
Next comes reality veterans Vicky Pattison, 31, originally of Geordie Shore fame, and TOWIE’s Joey Essex, 28 – both of whom went on to feature on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! after quitting their respective shows.
Another reality star, Gogglebox’s Dom Parker, 55, will also join the lineup, sans his wife Steph.
Into the mix: [L-R] Weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker and icon of design Dame Zandra Rhodes will be competing
Honey Love! Legend of Motown Martha Reeves, 77, who fronted Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, is battling it out
Reality royals: [L-R] Love Island’s Dr Alex and former-Queen Of The Jungle Vicky Pattison are competing
Last year’s favourite Love Isalnder Dr Alex George, 28, joins the fold, as does legend of Motown Martha Reeves, 77, who fronted Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.
Ex-boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, 66, is in good company with heavyweight boxing champ Dillian Whyte, 31.
The former previously appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, following her much-documented announcement that she was undergoing gender reassignment, formally being known as Frank.
More sportsmen come in the form of football hardman Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock, 51 – also an alumni of the I’m A Celeb jungle and the CBB house – and Olympic gold medalist Greg Rutherford, 32.
The Chase’s Jenny Ryan, 37 – also known as The Vixen – will be competing in a very different contest than she’s used to.
Famous foodies: [L-R] Adam Woodyatt has taken time away from Albert Square to compete while Greg Rutherford will bring his sporting spirit to the kitchen
Sporty spice: More sportsmen come in the form of football hardman Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock, 51 who is also an alumni of the I’m A Celeb jungle and the CBB house
Weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker, 40, DJ and lawyer Judge Jules, 52, and radio presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams, 39, are also battling it out for the accolade.
Comedian Josie Long, 37, actor and radio presenter Mim Shaikh, 23, icon of design Dame Zandra Rhodes, 78, and long-distance runner and former Marine Andy Grant, 35, round off the lineup.
BBC Commissioning Editor, Carla-Maria Lawson, said: ‘This Celebrity MasterChef has all of the right ingredients for a series full of entertainment, pressure and fun. Once again we have a brilliant variety of different characters and there will be some surprises along the way as they are put through their paces and pushed to their limits.’
Over six weeks and 18 programmes the celebrities will battle to take the trophy and become Celebrity MasterChef Champion 2019, each one being voted off as the weeks progress.
CELEBRITY MASTERCHEF 2019: MEET THE STARS
Name: Adam Woodyatt
Famous for? Playing Ian Beale in EastEnders for 34 years
Name: Oti Mabuse
Famous for? Her role as a pro on Strictly and as a judge on The Greatest Dancer
Name: Vicky Pattison
Famous for? Rising to fame on Geordie Shore and winning I’m A Celeb 2015
Name: Dame Zandra Rhodes
Famous for? Her fashion designing career
Name: Martha Reeves
Famous for? Being a legend of Motown with Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Name: Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock
Famous for? Being a football hardman and reality show veteran
Name: Tomasz Schafernaker
Famous for? His raunchy Attitude magazine cover – and being a weatherman
Name: Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan
Famous for? Defending the prize money on The Chase
Name: Joey Essex
Famous for? Rising to fame as a TOWIE legend
Name: Elizabeth Bourgine
Famous for? Roles in more than 60 movies/TV shows
Name: Kellie Maloney
Famous for? Her boxing promoter career as ‘Frank’, before revealing she is trans
Name: Dillian Whyte
Famous for? Career as a British professional boxer
Name: Josie Long
Famous for? Her award-winning stand-up comedy career
Name: Dr Alex George
Famous for? Not finding love on Love Island 2018
Name: Mim Shaikh
Famous for? His award-winning broadcasting career on BBC’s Asian Network
Name: Greg Rutherford
Famous for? His Olympic track and field athletics career
Name: Rickie Haywood-Williams
Famous for? Being one half of DJ duo Ricky & Melvin
Name: Dom Parker
Famous for? Being one half of Steph & Dom on Gogglebox
Name: Judge Jules
Famous for? His career as a dance music DJ and entertainment lawyer
Name: Andy Grant
Famous for? Going from his career as a British Marine to a middle-distance runner