Our favourite celebrity cook-off, Celebrity MasterChef, is set to return for its 12th series on BBC One this June, and while we still have some time before it kicks off, rumours of who we can expect to see in the kitchen are already creating a buzz.
It seems like just yesterday we were watching The Real Hustle presenter, Alexis Conran, take the crown in the last series, after impressing the show’s judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. Conran beat competing finalists Louise Minchin, host of BBC Breakfast, and Jimmy Osmond, American entertainer and businessman.
According to Gregg Wallace, Conran owed his success to his ability to use his eye for presentation and Greek heritage to produce ultra impressive dishes. So, which stars might we see competing in 2017 and maybe even fill the shoes of last year’s winner?
Remember the band, S Club 7? Singer Rachel Stevens is rumoured be one of 20 celebrities stepping up to the plate, according to The Sun. A source said: “Rachel loves cooking and can’t wait to get into the kitchen. She’s a keen amateur chef and won’t be going home without a fight.”
This wouldn’t be the first time the 38-year-old mum-of-two appeared on a reality show, having been a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing‘s sixth series in 2008, where she scored second place.
Joining Stevens on Celebrity MasterChef could be Reverend Kate Bottley, according to The Sun. If the name doesn’t ring any bells, cast your mind back to her appearance on Channel 4’s Gogglebox. According to the paper, after being on the show for three series, Bottley took time off last year to help her daughter study for her GCSEs – and now she hopes to get back into the limelight and enhance her TV career.
And on Friday, it was confirmed that Swedish television presenter, Ulrika Jonsson will be joining the new series. This won’t be Jonsson’s first time on the hit series. She starred as a guest judge for the series back in 1996 and also competed in a celebrity special in 2000.
As for the rest of the line-up, it’s still top secret…but we’ve got our eyes peeled.