Gino D’Acampo calls Melanie Sykes his “TV wife,” so we’re going to take Gino’s word to heart when he said that she is definitely not going to be in I’m A Celebirty this year.
The famous chef, and former King of the Jungle, dashed our hopes that the bubbly and beautiful Mel would be gracing our screens in the upcoming series of the ITV reality show, when Yahoo caught up with him earlier on today.
“That’s not true,” Gino firmly stated “She would of told me”.
Earlier on today it appeared that Mel had in fact been confirmed for the show, with it being said that she’d even booked her flight down under.
Gino is adamant “That’s not true,” though.
With the Let’s Do Lunch stars firm friends, and with Gino being an expert on all things jungle related, he was adamant that if she was going “She would of told me that”.
In fact, if you really want to know how adamant he was that she won’t be indulging in some bushtucker trials, he said: “There is no way. Seriously, there is no way. She would of told me.
“I’m telling you, it’s impossible she would of said nothing.”
So, there you go!
We will never get to see Mel in a bikini digging through rats and eels to find a star for food, while we all laugh and cringe at her plight.
It also means that a sure contender for Queen of the Jungle is out of the running even before the show’s started!
But have hope for some spectacular last minute I’m A Celeb additions, as word on the grapevine is that X Factor reject, Jake Quickenden, is in last minute talks to enter the 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?!
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.
With that being said we kinda can’t help feeling a little sad that Mel won’t be following in King Gino’s steps.
And, if you love all thing D’Acampo then you’ll be pleased to know he’s appearing at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas this November, in London – just don’t meantion bushtuckers…we think he’s had enopugh of those to fill a lifetime!
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