AJ Pritchard ‘signs up for I’m A Celebrity’ months after quitting Strictly Come Dancing

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AJ Pritchard has reportedly signed up for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, months after he quit Strictly Come Dancing.

The 25 year old dancer is said to be set to travel to Wales for the new series of I’m A Celeb, which has a change of location this year due to the pandemic.

A source close to Curtis Pritchard’s brother is said to have confirmed that AJ is heading to Gwrych Castle in Abergele, which will be his first TV show since quitting Strictly earlier this year.

The insider said:“It was always his aim to do more TV work after leaving Strictly and there's no bigger challenge than I'm A Celeb.

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“He's an early riser, into his fitness and a dedicated person – he hopes being part of camp will give viewers the chance to get to know him better.

“The only downside is he won't be taking part with brother Curtis, who he's really enjoyed working with since lockdown,” the source told Mail Online.

OK! online has contacted AJ’s representatives for comment.

AJ, who reportedly wants to become the next Ant and Dec with brother Curtis, is the second star rumoured to have signed up for the show as EastEnders actor Jake Wood, who plays bad boy Max Branning, will also become a campmate this year.

Speaking exclusively to OK! online, a source said: “Jake has more than a few offers on the table and plenty of things in the works too.

“He’s not gonna be short of work and projects so he needed to take time from EastEnders just so he can find the time to do a few other bits.

“The door isn’t going to be closed on his character forever so he’ll be able to return if he wants.”

The insider went to reveal that Jake had been approached by producers on I’m A Celebrity many times already.

“The guys at I’m A Celebrity have tried a few times to get him in the jungle and why wouldn’t they, he’d be dynamite in the jungle.

“Imagine the viewers seeing him in the jungle shower. Having the show filmed in Wales this year makes it more attractive to him because he's not gonna have to worry about rats and snakes running around camp”.

This year’s I’m A Celeb will be vastly different to what fans of the show are used to seeing.

As this year, due to the travel bans put in place following the coronavirus pandemic, the show will take place in Gwrych Castle in Abergele, north Wales.

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The show's bosses announced the news in August.

Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Director of Television said at the time: “We announced last week that we were doing all we could to make the series and I’m thrilled that we can bring the show to viewers albeit not in the jungle.

“We have a great team both on and off screen and I know they will produce a hugely entertaining series.”

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