I’m A Celeb 2014: X Factor’s Jake Quickenden In Last-Minute Talks For The Jungle

Well this is unexpected.

Word on the grapevine is that X Factor reject, Jake Quickenden, is in last minute talks to enter the I’m A Celebrity jungle next Sunday.

The X Factor hopeful was only given the chop two weeks ago and he now looks set to be the first person to appear on both the talent competition and jungle reality show in the same year. 

A source told The Sun: “Jake was a big hit on The X Factor, and not just because of his voice. He’s going to be the male eye candy in the jungle and potential love interest for some of the female stars. 

“ITV usually refrain from signing up reality stars unless they’re household names. But they’ve made a special exception for Jake.”

Hang on a minute, does this mean that him getting the chop was actually for the best?!

And him not being on The X Factor means that we will be able to drool over him being half-naked every single night??

Needless to say, we are DEFINITELY onboard.

This year was the 26-year-old’s second attempt at The X Factor, having not made it past Nicole Scherzinger’s Judges Houses back in 2012, losing his spot in the lives to Rylan Clark.

Strangely enough, Rylan went on to make a name for himself in the show before heading into the Celebrity Big Brother house the following January, winning, and blagging a pretty nifty job presenting sister show Bit On The Side.

Is this an omen of things to come with Jake?

According to this source Jake sure hopes so, they added: “Jake is hoping to at least get a modelling deal out of it. 

“Plus, if a jungle relationship comes his way, he wouldn’t exactly be discouraging it.”

Right ladies, we have just over a week to make ourselves famous enough to nab a spot in that jungle and become Jake Quickenden’s love interest – WHO’S IN?!

Earlier today it was confirmed that TOWIE star Gemma Collins and TV presenter Melanie Sykes would be heading to the Aussie outback to dine on kangaroo testicles and ostrich anuses.

It is thought that up to 90 celebrities have been approached by show bosses to take part, with it being suggested that a whole heap of TOWIE girls were fighting for a spot.

Joey Essex’s cousin, Chloe Sims, was originally the most likely Essex lady to blag a place, but it looks like Gemma pipped her to the post at the final hurdle.

Other rumoured celebs include The Wanted’s Max George, Hollyoaks’ Gemma Merna, Katie Price’s exAlex Reid, and Dancing On Ice’s Brianne Delcourt.

More well-known names who are thought to have been approached include Michelle Keegan (who used to date Max so THAT could be awkward), as well as Olympic champ Tom Daley and Tulisa Contostavlos.

Although Tulisa is absolutely adamant that there is no truth to these rumours whatsoever.

To be honest, all that ITV need to do is put Jake in the jungle, ‘accidentally’ lose all of his clothes, and film him 24 hours a day for two weeks and we will be more than happy.

And we have a feeling that his former mentor, Mel B, feels exactly the same way…

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Darlene Hildebrandt

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