ITV bosses have been begging the Jennie McAlpine to enter the jungle for years, believing her popularity as TV’s Fiz Brown and lively personality will be a hit with viewers.
And she finally agreed to take on Aussie jungle critters like crocs, spiders and bugs after being offered a short leave of absence from her filming commitments on Coronation Street.
A show insider said: “Jennie’s been on the wishlist for some time and, after a lot of persuasion, she’s agreed to take part this year.
"Corrie have given it the green light because they’ve been able to reschedule her storyline filming — so everything has finally fallen into place.
“She’s bubbly and great fun, so the hope is she’ll be a great addition. The producers are over the moon to get her.”
Jennie will join the likes of The Saturdays' Vanessa White down under along with Rebekah Vardy, the other half of England ace Jamie, will also be starring in this year's jungle line-up