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Here are all the stars who've entered this year's I'm a Celebrity jungle.

There are few celebrities who are willing to give up everything and immerse themselves in the South African jungle for the sake of good television.

But for those who do choose to go, we are eternally grateful.

The entertainment is priceless, and with characters like these… there is bound to be clashes and drama. 

Here are all the celebrities who have entered the South African jungle… so far.

Controversial former politician #1: Sam Dastyari.

 

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After a donations scandal in early 2018, in which Sam Dastyari requested a Chinese-linked business pay a $1670 travel expense bill he owed 35-year-old senator resigned.

In his exclusive interview with Fairfax, the politician is evidently taking responsibility for his actions, sharing that part of the reason he wants to go on reality television is so that when his daughter is old enough to google him, she does not think her father is defined by the scandal that led to his resignation.

The former Labor member represented New South Wales in the Australian Senate from 2013 to 2018, and was the first person of Iranian origin to sit in parliament.

Controversial former politician #2: Jacqui Lambie.

 

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After leaving parliament in 2017, due to her dual British-Australian citizenship which is prohibited under Section 44 of the Australian Constitution, Jacqui Lambie is hoping to use this reality TV appearance to campaign and connect with young voters.

Speaking to 10 Daily, the 47-year-old, mum-of-two said she thinks her former military experience will help her overcome any challenge the show throws at her, although she can’t say for sure because she’s never actually watched the show.

Listen to Mia Freedman’s interview with Jacqui Lambie. Post continues after podcast.

“[I] wouldn’t have a smick what you do in there. I like to go in blindfolded, I find that so much more exciting,” she said.

“There are no perceptions then, you just walk in and take it as it comes.”

However, with her former senate colleague, and rival, Sam Dastyari set to join her by the campfire, will they be able to keep things civil?

Footy legend: Dermott Brereton.

 

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Renowned Hawthorn player Dermott Brereton is set to bring his signature gung-ho attitude to the jungle.

Even though he’s walked the Kokoda Trail in preparation for the event, he’s not too sure how he’s going to fare when it comes to the food challenges, which can involve animal offal and other more ‘unique’ cuts.

Gossip guru: Richard Reid.

 

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You might think the Studio 10 Hollywood reporter could be completely out of his element away from his Instagram (and wi-fi) but Richard Reid is ready for anything.

As long as it doesn’t involve… heights.

“It’s commonly known on Oxford Street I have no gag reflex, I pride myself on that,” he joked to Studio 10, obviously referring to any gross food challenges that might come his way.

TMI? Not at all. In fact, we’re hoping this little tidbit sets the precedent for all the juicy gossip we’re about to become privy to around the campfire.

Beloved TV critics: Angie Kent and Yvie Jones. 

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Angie Kent and Yvie Jones, who recently left Channel Ten’s Gogglebox, were revealed as the first 2019 contestants.

We already know the pair make for brilliant TV viewing. We know because we watched them critique all sorts of Australian TV, and laughed out loud at their commentary more times than we can count.

In December, the pair explained that because Angie no longer lives in Sydney, the “logistics” of getting to the same couch so often to watch TV together became too difficult.

One thing is for sure: there won’t be any televisions in the jungle.

Famous foodie: Justine Schofield. 

A fan favourite on season one of MasterChef, Justine Schofield is now one of the most celebrated celebrity chefs in Australia.

Her TV show Everyday Gourmet on Network 10 has recorded over 600 episodes, and she regularly writes a column for Taste.com. She has written two cookbooks Simple Every Day and “Dinner with Justine”.

Controversial TV host: Ajay Rochester. 

Ajay Rochester is best known for her role as the host of Biggest Loser Australia between 2006 and 2009.

The host is no stranger to controversy. After being charged with welfare fraud in 2008, the presenter moved to Los Angeles with her son. Rochester was never convicted.

In 2010, Rochester and her son Kai were homeless for five-months, on the back of her losing jobs following unjustified negative publicity.

Comedian: Tahir Bilgic.

Tahir is an Australian comedian, film and television actor.

He is well known for his role as Habib in the sitcoms Pizza and Swift and Shift Couriers, and has been credited as creating the phrase “fully sick”.

TV presenter/Actor/Reality TV winner: Luke Jacobz. 


Luke Jacobs in an Australian actor and television presenter.

He is well known for his role as Zac Croft on Heartbreak High, and as Patrick Brewer on McLeod’s Daughters from 2005 to 2009.

Following his acting career, he hosted television shows The Big ArvoThe X Factor, Kellogg’s Iron Man.

In 2008, Luke was signed to six month role in Home and Away as Angelo Rosetta, being updated to a regular character after his role was unexpectedly popular with the audience.

He also won Dancing with the Stars in 2008.

Single reality star: Justin Lacko.

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The Love Island contestant from 2018 became famous for his… self-awareness about his attractiveness.

The 27-year-old referred to himself as “well-endowed” on the show.

Infamous newsreader: Natasha Exelby.

Natasha Exelby is well-known for her very viral moment as a newsreader.

One moment, she was carefully examining her pen as a pre-recorded news package went to air. The next, she had become a viral internet sensation.

Welcome to the jungle, team.

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