I'm A Celeb bosses line-up Megan Barton Hanson's ex Chelcee Grimes to replace AJ Pritchard if he drops out due to Covid

I’M A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! bosses have secretly signed former professional footballer turned musician Chelcee Grimes for this year’s series.

Producers agreed with the ex Liverpool and Everton star to appear in the ITV show, being filmed in Wales this year. 

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The Sun understands that Match of the Day spin-off host Chelcee, 28, has spent two weeks isolating near Abergele ahead of a potential stint in Gwrych Castle.

Bisexual Chelcee – who used to date Love Island star Megan Barton Hanson – has been warned to be ready to enter the show in case any of the line-up has to drop out because of coronavirus.

It comes after The Sun revealed how former Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Pritchard had tested positive for Covid-19, less than a week of heading into the legendary show.

Insiders say he tested positive for the virus early in his enforced two week isolation ahead of the show starting on Sunday, November 15.

A source said: “All of the celebrities are being tested regularly as part of ITV’s plans to make sure the show goes ahead.

“They’re taking zero risks and AJ will be tested again in the coming days. If that comes back negative he’ll start filming at the end of the week as planned, if it comes back positive again they still have a few days to play with, so everyone is quite calm at this point.

“ITV have always been prepared in case of one, or more, dropouts so have had Chelcee and others ready to go. She’s been squirreled away in a cottage nearby just in case she’s needed.”

A spokesman for ITV said: “We can confirm that one member of the cast has received a positive covid result and that individual is self isolating where we are giving them all the support that they need. I’m A Celebrity has robust health and safety measures and protocols in place in order to operate safely within Covid-19 guidelines.”

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