Russell Watson sparks speculation he could be joining I’m A Celebrity as wildcard as he says ‘watch this space’

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The new series of I'm A Celebrity kicked off in style on Sunday night, but one of the rumoured names that didn't enter the castle, was Russell Watson.

The tenor, who was spotted arriving for a shoot with other celebrities ahead of the new series, was reportedly set to be a part of the cast for the new-look show in Wales.

But now, Russell, 53, has sparked speculation that he could be entering the show as a wildcard contestant after teasing fans.

When asked if he was joining the line-up, Russell told Hello! magazine: "I was linked with playing James Bond back in 2002 and that never happened – but watch this space.

"I am quite enjoying all the attention though," he admitted.

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Russell's wife Louise has backed her husband for I'm A Celebrity and has said she thinks he would he would be good at it.

"I think he's be amazing at it. Russell's profession is very serious but doing I'm A Celebrity would let him showcase his funny side," she explained.

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The dad of two was first linked to the reality show when he was spotted arriving at a west London studio for a shoot in October.

Russell was joined by presenter Vernon Kay, journalist Victoria Derbyshire, former Coronation Street Beverley Callard and paralympian Hollie Arnold – who all joined the series last night.

The singer had a protective face mask on as he got out of a blacked out car and made his way inside the studio.

Russell isn't the only rumoured late arrival, as past contestants will also reportedly be taking part in the hit series.

Former winners Charlie Brooks and Vicky Pattison and fourth-place star Joey Essex are being considered by bosses to join in an yet-undecided part of the show.

A source told The Sun: "What better way to celebrate 20 series of the show than getting some of the stars of yesteryear to take part in some way?

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"As always with the jungle, they're keeping their cards close to their chest and have yet to decide exactly what they will do with Charlie, Vicky and Joey, but it could be any number of things.

"They told them they had to spend some time isolating, just like this year's contestants have done, ahead of being taken up to Wales," the insider claimed.

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