STARS Tamzin Outhwaite and AJ Pritchard are set to appear in I’m A Celebrity. . . Get me out of here! – in a double blow to television rival Strictly Come Dancing.
Former EastEnders actress Tamzin and professional dancer AJ both spoke to the bosses of ITV jungle.
Tamzin, 49, has been one of the main targets of BBC Strictly this year, while AJ, 25, left the annual dance competition after four years.
A source said: “I would strictly like to think that no one is leaving the show and moving on to bigger things, but AJ will be very popular in the jungle and it will be a good platform for him.
“His deal is almost over and ITV is delighted to have been able to distance him from its rivals.
“Meanwhile Tamzin is early on, but she’s someone the producers discussed going to Oz in the fall – and she told her friends she wasn’t 100% on Strictly. .
“There’s a long way to go in negotiations, but she’s more likely to eat a kangaroo testicle than to wear glitter this year.”
It comes after The Sun revealed that the Strictly bosses were in crisis because discussions over signing this series were stalled due to the coronavirus lockdown.
They have a hard time convincing the stars to commit to the show, and producers are told that celebrities may have to take on other, better-paid projects to recoup the money they lost by staying at home.
We also revealed last week how a £ 15million War Chest has been prepared by ITV to ensure I’m A Celeb has a successful year after concerns over whether or not it will air.
Tamzin was first linked with a turn on Strictly last month, after saying it was 2020 “or never” to be a part of the hit series.
She made the comments because her daughters – Florence, 12, and Marnie, 7 – were “desperate” for her to be on the show.
AJ was one of the stars of Strictly, before leaving in a shock move earlier this year to focus on pitching opportunities alongside his brother Curtis, 24, a Love Island finalist last year.
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AJ teamed up with YouTube star Saffron Barker on Strictly last year.
He and Curtis took on a Dance Along challenge for Sport Relief and toured the UK.
A source added, “Losing someone who made a name for themselves on your show is one thing, but when your celebrity targets start to defect as well, it’s a headache. “
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