I'm A Celebrity 2020: Victoria Derbyshire becomes the fifth celeb to sign up to the jungle

Victoria Derbyshire
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The BBC journalist is said to be the latest contestant for the ITV show.

After the Covid-free Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals got underway this week, I'm A Celebrity 2020 line up is coming together - as Victoria Derbyshire became the fifth celebrity to join the ITV show.

The BBC journalist, 52, will be preparing herself for the jungle as she joins fellow campmates Vernon Kay, AJ Pritchard, Jessica Plummer and Beverley Callard in the Welsh castle grounds.

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It's the first time the show has not been held in Australia but due to the world health pandemic, aside from being one of the best places to walk in the UK, Wales was deemed best location for filming.

However in recent days there were concerns over the show following the announcement that Wales has been placed in Tier 3 restrictions - affecting some businesses from staying open, with many asking are cinemas open in tier 3?

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The BBC axed Victoria from her daily talk show, is said to have always wanted to do the jungle had it not for it being across the other side of the world.

“Victoria is always game for a challenge so when she was approached for I’m A Celebrity she jumped at the chance," an insider told The Sun.

“It’s always something she’s wanted to do but because of her family she’s never wanted to fly to Australia and be away from them for so long.

“When the show moved to Wales and the opportunity came up, she didn’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth so said yes straight away.

They added, “Victoria is really looking forward to the challenges and to getting started on the show.”

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Ant and Dec are hosting the show this year and have already teased the Gwrych Castle in north Wales location with a series of trailers.

Meanwhile Victoria, who will be faced with bush-tucker trials, has already proved she's a fighter having overcome breast cancer in 2015. At the time she had a single mastectomy and admitted she wanted to get the most out of life.

“I’ve always lived to the full but now I’m squeezing life out of every second," she said. “I want to spend more time with family and friends – they’re the most important part of my life. But I’m saying yes to more things. I want to embrace everything.”

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.

Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.

When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.