16:57 11 November 2013
Joey Essex emerged to be the early favourite to win I’m a Celebrity 2013 even before the line-up has been officially announced. According to bookies Paddy Power, the Towie star is considered the 5/2 favourite to be crowned the King of the Jungle.
The 23-year-old who has over 2.1 million followers on Twitter, will be joined by other heavily-tipped famous faces which include EastEnders actress Laila Morse, Kian Egan of Westlife, TV host Matthew Wright, and snooker player Steve Davis, according to The Sun.
It was also claimed that Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington, Strictly Come Dancing pro Vincent Simone, and Emmerdale star Lucy Pargeter will be joining.
Meanwhile, Fresh Prince of Bel Air star Alfonso Ribeiro also looks set to join as well.
But beating all those to the post is fashion designer David Emanuel, 60, who has been confirmed as the first to arrive.
Touching down in Brisbane airport, he told reporters that he’s doing the show “because it’s a challenge.”
The former designer of Princess Diana’s wedding dress added: "I'm excited and I’m doing the show for personal reasons.
"This time last year, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer – and I beat it, so I can beat the jungle.
"I’m scared of everything. Everything! I’m going to give it a good shot, though. This time last year, I had a major operation and I got through that, so I would like to get through this.
"Beating cancer has given me a new lease of life. A second chance. Cancer is pretty scary, but let's give this a go."
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