In the jungle: Shane Warne
Network Ten’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here kicked off tonight with former Australian cricketer Shane Warne the final of 12 contestants to be revealed.
Warne’s presence in the jungle had been tipped by the Daily Mail Australia, although the Nine Network commentator was not with the other 11 contestants, who include DJ Havana Brown and former AFL star Brendan Favola, revealed at the top of the show.
Warne is reported to be earning $3m for his stay in the jungle, with the presence of the well-known celebrity who has had a string of high-profile relationships including with actress Liz Hurley, likely to boost audience numbers.
Former Bachelor contestant Laurina Fleure, ironwoman Courtney Hancock, ex-rugby league star Paul Harragon, singer songwriter Anthony Callea and Prisoner star Val Lehman are among the other contestants revealed tonight on Channel Ten.
Musician Dean Geyer, dancer Bonnie Lythgoe, comedian Akmal Saleh and TV presenter Jo Beth Taylor make up the rest of the contingent.
I’m a Celebrity 2016 contestants
Celebrity vet Dr Chris Brown and actress Julia Morris are again hosting the main show on Channel Ten, which will run five nights per week for the next six weeks.
Warne has been in the news in recent days after announcing he was closing his charitable foundation amid investigations into its finances. His pay cheque is thought to be 20 times higher than his fellow contestants.
Last year English cricketer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff won the contest after entering the jungle late.
The 12 are battling for the next six weeks to avoid being voted out by the public and win $100,000 for their chosen charities.
I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2016 contestants:
Shane Warne: The popular and charismatic cricketer is Australia’s highest ever wicket taker, with 708 test wickets to his name, and is considered by many as the greatest bowler of all time. His career achievements include being named Victoria’s Greatest Ever Sportsman in 2002 and BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2005 and being inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2011.
Havana Brown: Originally hailing from Melbourne, Havana has gone on to global success, topping both Australian and US music charts with her debut single, We Run The Night, in 2011.
Anthony Callea: First finding fame on Australian Idol, ARIA-award-winning singer-songwriter Anthony has enjoyed chart-topping success, toured with industry heavyweights and starred in some of the country’s biggest stage musicals in recent years.
Brendan Fevola: Brendan is regarded as both one of the most effective full-forwards to have played AFL in the 2000s and one of sport’s most controversial figures, on and off the field.
Laurina Fleure: She is an international model who had the whole country talking when she appeared as a feisty and beautiful Bachelorette on season two of The Bachelor Australia. While she didn’t win the hand of Bachelor Blake Garvey, Laurina became one of the biggest pop culture icons of 2014.
Dean Geyer: Dean caught the nation’s attention as one of the strongest performers on Australian Idol in 2004. Since then, he has gone on to record a debut album and establish an acting career in film and television in both Australia and the US.
Courtney Hancock: A champion Ironwoman and one of Australia’s most accomplished athletes, in 2011 Courtney became the first person in the history of Australian Surf Sports to win the triple crown of elite events (Australian and Professional Series titles plus the Coolangatta Gold).
Paul Harragon: Paul is a legend of rugby league, with a record that includes an inaugural premiership for the Newcastle Knights as captain in 1997, representing NSW 20 times in State of Origin and representing Australia in 17 tests. Since leaving football, Paul has carved out a strong career in the media.
Val Lehman: Val is best known as inmate Bea Smith from the long-running Australian television series Prisoner. During her four years on the show, Val won three TV Week Logie awards, including a Silver Logie for most popular actress in 1982.
Bonnie Lythgoe: Bonnie has reached the top of her game as a dancer, choreographer, director, television presenter and producer. In a career that spans 30 years, she has worked alongside some of the industry’s best, including Gene Kelly, Sidney Poitier, Sir Cliff Richard, Michael Jackson, Victoria Beckham and the Bee Gees.
Akmal Saleh: Akmal is one of Australia’s busiest, most successful and accomplished comedians. From appearances in movies, to sketch and stand-up tours, stints as a radio DJ, a talk show host and a published author, his career has flourished over the past 15 years.
Jo Beth Taylor: She made her biggest splash on Australian television during the 1990s when, at 22, she became the youngest woman to host a show in prime time, the top-rating Australia’s Funniest Home Videos. In 1996, Jo Beth also co-hosted the popular variety show Hey Hey It’s Saturday with Daryl Somers.