We may be more than half a turn around the sun until this year's series I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is back on screens, but ITV bosses are already hard at work behind the scenes roping in the biggest and best stars.
And with the phenomenal success of last year's show – hosted temporarily by Holly Willoughby (who was standing in for Ant McPartlin) and Declan Donnelly – the 2019 series is set to be better than ever with the jungle reunion of Ant and Dec .
Casting celebrity executive Micky Van Praagh and her team have already begun making calls and gathering together their funds to lure the biggest names for the 2019 line-up – and she admits she's got a few people in mind.
"It's very early days, but we've already started casting," she said at a BAFTA Masterclass for I'm A Celebrity.
"I think we know what works. I think of our show as a comedy and so I'm looking for people who are funny and high energy as we know those types of things always work."
She added: "But otherwise you want to do something completely different every year. You're never looking for the next Harry Redknapp or the next John Barrowman or the next Fleur East. You've got to do something different."
Creative director Richard Cowles told the same crowd that I'm A Celebrity goes out of its way to create harmony in camp, unlike other shows like Celebrity Big Brother , which focuses on conflict.
"We have never casted for conflict – if arguments go on for too long it can get a bit dull and relentless," he explained.
"We will always try and cast for warmth and for people to get on. But we want it to be as stressful as it can be because that's when you see people's true colours and how they would react."
I'm A Celebrity 2019 rumoured line-up
Following the success of Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo, who was crowned Queen of the Jungle back in 2017, fellow Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing is tipped to follow in her footsteps.
According to a source close to Jamie, he's been telling friends about secret talks with producers about appearing in camp after having been a regular guest on the ITV2 spin off show in the past.
An insider told The Sun: "Producers love that he has got a TV following and online fans with his own YouTube channel, as they are trying to snap up a younger audience.
“He’s a cheeky chappie and no doubt the public will fall in love with him like they did Toff.”
The documentary maker has already walked away triumphant from one reality series, and after her recent headline-grabbing antics, ITV bosses could be hoping Stacey proves a winner in the I'm A Celeb ratings stakes too.
Stacey, 32, has been dubbed the 'Strictly snake' after ditching her boyfriend of five years and coupling up with her Strictly Come Dancing partner Kevin Clifton.
But now she could be meeting the real thing later on this year with her betting odds falling to 3/1.
As part of her Stacey Dooley Investigates series, the presenter has been plunged into a whole manner of perilous situations, so facing Ant and Dec at the Bushtucker clearing should be no trouble for Stace.
After having been off TV screens for a while, presenter Jenny Powell has admitted she's ready for a new challenge.
And what could be more problematic than being thrown into the Aussie outback with a bunch of hungry celebs and creepy crawlies?
In an interview with Closer magazine, mum-of-two Jenny teased the idea that she'd be heading out to Australia later this year.
"I was asked to do I'm A Celeb! before and turned it down – however, I'd feel at home with it now," said Jenny.
The telly star said she's hoping to try out more reality TV after a successful stint on Channel 5's Celebs On The Ranch.
"I just loved the experience. It sounds cheesy, but it was more than making TV. It was a journey and I'm so glad I did it," gushed Jenny.
The GC herself has already had one shot at I'm A Celeb glory, but pulled out just three days into her jungle stint in 2014, citing her "yellow poo" and starvation.
She hadn't even made it into the main camp at the time, and had refused to get in the helicopter as she was scared of heights.
But the 37-year-old TOWIE star reckons now that she's in a better mindset to face the critters – and said she's ready to try again.
"I was meant to go back in the jungle the year after I came out," she told Loose Women in 2018.
"Do you know what, if it come back again, why not, why not? I would probably be terrible at all the tasks and all that."
In March 2019, she admitted to Jonathan Ross that she was verging on desperate to be put back in.
"If I was to go back now… I’ve got a lot more experience. I've got a tougher skin now and I think that’s where The GC came into play.
"If they asked me back, yes I'd go back."
Strictly Come Dancing professionals have a long history of success on I'm A Celeb, and Katya could be set to follow in their elegant footsteps after her conduct on last year's BBC series.
She and her husband Neil Jones were embroiled in a love triangle after she was papped snogging her partner Seann Walsh in the street – which both of them dismissed as a boozy night out.
But Seann's then-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries was heartbroken and dumped him days after the pictures emerged. Katya and Seann were voted off Strictly three weeks later.
While Katya and Neil have fully made up and say their marriage is back on track, could Katya be yearning for a bit of excitement Down Under?
She has been included in the list of professional dancers set to return to Strictly this year, but bookies reckon she's got a good chance of throwing in the sequinned towel and hot-footing it over to Australia.
Everyone's favourite 'ardman Danny Dyer has been rumoured for IAC for years – so could 2019 be his chance to shine?
He recently admitted to Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain: "You know me Piers, I've done a bit of reality TV."
And with his daughter Dani winning last year's Love Island with ex-boyfriend Jack Fincham , Danny Snr could see this as the perfect time to 'ave a little toe-dip in the reality waters.
Yes – like father, like daughter, as Love Island's newly single pringle could turn her attention to getting her hands on the jungle crown.
Unlike her dad, Dani is more accustomed to the trials and tribulations of reality TV, and by refusing to have sex in the villa set herself up apart from the usual trashy comments levelled at reality stars.
The 22-year-old aspiring actress has already done Survival Of The Fittest, Celebrity Gogglebox and Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family – and with Strictly's unwritten ban on inviting reality stars, the jungle could be beckoning for young Dani…
Soap star Kym recently revealed she's leaving Coronation Street after 13 years to concentrate on other projects.
And she appeared to heavily hint about an upcoming jungle stint in a Good Morning Britain appearance, cheekily saying "never say never" to getting the I'm A Celeb call.
But Kym has already signed up to perform in Elf the musical later this year, which starts in December, which makes getting to and from the jungle pretty unlikely…
Coronation Street's Bethany Platt has had a pretty wild couple of years on the soap, but actress Lucy has already bigged up her jungle skills.
"I think I'd be good at the jungle. I like to challenge myself and that's the most challenging show you can do," she said in 2018.
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Corrie's Michael was in talks with I'm A Celebrity bosses for the 2018 series, after the sex abuse allegations he was cleared of in 2013 left him with crippling legal fees.
He didn't make it into the jungle last year – but TV chiefs could well be looking at shelling out the big bucks for such a soap legend, no doubt hoping he'll spill the beans about his back story.
Befringed GMB presenter Kate was another star lined up for 2018, but reportedly "dropped out" because it wasn't "the right time" – with insiders insisting she was "not ruling it out forever".
"Kate is no longer taking part – she didn't want to be out of the UK for a long time and it's just not the right time for her to take part," one source said at the time.
"She's a big fan of the show so she's not ruling it out forever – just this year!"
It was hoped the veteran presenter could be ratings gold, just as she is on GMB.
Just like soap stars, footballers tend to do well on the gruelling three-week show.
And John Barnes would be well up for taking a leaf out of his mate Harry Redknapp's book, telling the Jonathan Ross Show: "From the point of view of eating anything, I eat everything and anything, so from that point of view I would do it.
"Lying around doing nothing much, I quite fancy so I'd probably look at it as a bit of a holiday. I would do it, yeah."
The former England ace has done a season at Aston Villa as assistant coach – but that doesn't mean he can't be lured Down Under with a giant cheque.
John's another star with a colourful past – especially his fling with Wayne Bridge's then-girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel – so bosses would be sure to get him plenty of air time.
One potential campmate who might have a few issues with John Terry is Frankie Bridge, however – she's now married to his former best friend Wayne.
The ex-Saturdays singer has already done Strictly and Celebrity Masterchef, plus watched as Wayne made it almost all the way through to the final of I'm A Celeb 2016.
"I think now Wayne's done it and he loved it and he said he would do it again, it kind of makes me feel positive that I would enjoy it," she admitted in 2018.
As one of the most irritating Love Island stars to have ever existed, Georgia Steel is keen to get stuck in to even more reality telly after her Celebs Go Dating experience.
The loyal star, who's just, like, so loyal? is single once again after leaving the Island for Sam Bird, and hasn't had much luck in the romance stakes since.
"I would love an opportunity like that as I think it would be amazing," she told the Express in 2018.
"It would be very scary though. Of course, anything is possible…"
Could her inclusion in the camp be just what the show needs?
Eyal is another Love Islander rumoured to be joining the line-up this November, thanks to his heavy hints.
"I'd love to go into the jungle, or The Island with Bear Grylls," he told Radio Times.
"I'd like to do a show away from dating where I'm more into my natural environment, in nature. I'd like to do lots of jumping around and crazy activities."
He added that one of the projects in his pipeline involved "animals", laughing: "I can't tell you too much about it but it's me more in nature, back in my natural environment, doing my thang."
Bake Off winner Nadiya has seen tremendous success since being handed the special cake stand – but she wants more.
"I'd love to do the jungle though, if I was offered," she told Lorraine Kelly recently.
"I like being dirty and mucky and like the idea of living in the outdoors, flying out the planes."
Nadiya's fellow Great British Bake Off winner Rahul won the nation's hearts with his softly spoken self-deprecation and his incredible edible delights.
Could he follow in Nadiya's footsteps? Bookies seem to think so, offering odds of 2-1 on Rahul jetting off to Oz.
Holby City actress Rosie confirmed last year she'd been in talks with ITV about taking up a place in the jungle.
"I've had a couple of meetings. I have spoken to them, it is something I would love to do actually," she said in 2018.
"I think for me it would be an amazing challenge."
Having found fame on Made In Chelsea alongside best friend Spencer Matthews, Jamie may went to one-up his BFF by heading into the jungle this year.
Spencer was forced to drop out in 2015 over his secret steroid addiction, saying in a statement he was "gutted" over the decision to ask him to leave.
Now Jamie could be chomping at the bit to show the world how the posh boys do the jungle, following on from co-star Toff winning in 2017.
"Jamie has been telling friends he is in talks to do it, which is long overdue after his stints on the ITV2 show," a source told the Sun.
"Producers love that he has got a TV following and online fans with his own YouTube channel, as they are trying to snap up a younger audience.
"He's a cheeky chappie and no doubt the public will fall in love with him like they did Toff."
"I've met Holly a couple of times but to do that on I'm A Celeb and if Ant and Dec could make a comeback I'd absolutely adore that," she went on.
"I love them two and I watched them when I was younger so to be next to them doing something ridiculous, that would be epic."
Hollyoaks and Dancing On Ice veteran Stephanie has also previously spoken of her love of the show, revealing in 2018: "I've always wanted to do the jungle, I'm scared of everything but I'd like to be in Australia.
"There are no pressures from the outside world, no TVs and no phones and I think it's a real test of inner strength which has always appealed to me," she added.
Yet another Love Islander is rumoured for IAC's 2019 line-up – this time unlucky in love Alex, who won over fans after she was dumped by Dr Alex George in the villa.
But she reckons she'd be far more successful in the jungle – even if only in the food department.
"I know I'm A Celeb don't like Love Island people but I'm determined! I will go on that show because I love everything they get involved in," she's previously admitted.
"I love a bit of danger. I love snakes and I don't mind spiders so I think I'd be really good on the show. I'd win everyone meals in the camp. Lara Croft vibes!"
*I'm A Celebrity 2019 is due to return to ITV this November
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