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Appleton tipped for jungle TV win
Natalie Appleton
Singer Natalie Appleton is the early bookies' favourite
Singer Natalie Appleton has been tipped as favourite to win the new series of ITV reality show I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here.

Comic Joe Pasquale, former E17 singer Brian Harvey and model Nancy Sorrell also have favourable odds.

Ex-Royal butler Paul Burrell is being tipped as the first famous face to leave the Australian jungle compound, according to bookmakers Ladbrokes.

The contestants face insects and snakes in a bid to raise money for charity.

Last year's series was won by former Atomic Kitten member Kerry McFadden, who recently split from her husband Brian, formerly of boy band Westlife.

Antonio Fargas
Antonio Fargas is most famous for Huggy Bear from Starsky and Hutch

Others hoping to emulate McFadden's success this time round include nightclub owner Fran Cosgrove, arguably better known for his celebrity girlfriends.

Starsky and Hutch star Antonio Fargas and ex-Three Degrees singer Sheila Ferguson are also in the line-up.

Joining the jungle team as well is TV presenter and journalist Janet Street-Porter.

The popularity of I'm a Celebrity... has helped re-launch the careers of some of its contestants, including former winner Tony Blackburn and cricketer Phil Tufnell, who has moved into TV presenting.

Record deal

East 17 star Brian Harvey has made no secret of his reasons for taking part in the show, hoping to resurrect his singing career like ex-contestant Peter Andre.

I'M A CELEBRITY ODDS
3/1-Natalie Appleton
4/1-Joe Pasquale
6/1-Brian Harvey
8/1-Nancy Sorrell
8/1-Antonio Fargas
10/1-Janet Street Porter
10/1-Sophie Anderton
10/1-Fran Cosgrove
14/1-Sheila Ferguson
16/1-Paul Burrell
Source: Ladbrokes

He said: "I decided to take part in the show because I can't get a record deal and after 17 million people a day have watched you, already, before it starts, the record companies are more interested."

Model Sophie Anderton, who has fought drink and drug addictions, hopes to change viewers' perceptions of her.

"Everyone seems to think I'm this flouncy, very 'plagued with problems' sort of girl, which I'm not at all. It's the total opposite.

"I don't have any problems in my life whatsoever any more. And I'm very, very tough," she added.

Antonio Fargas, who played Huggy Bear in the Starsky and Hutch series, admitted he has not seen the show before.

Sophie Anderton
Sophie Anderton says she has put her drug addiction behind her
He said: "I haven't seen any of it. I have the tapes sitting here and I've told the producers that it's sort of not fair because all the British celebrities have seen the show and I'm the only one who hasn't seen it.

"But I said I didn't want to be put off by anything that happened, so I was going to wait until I decided to actually do the show before I watched it.

"Now I might not watch it at all and just go in and be fresh.

"At least then I'm not expecting anything and don't have any preconceived ideas."

The series begins on ITV1 on Sunday 21 November.




VOTE RESULTS
Who do you want to win I'm a Celebrity?
Antonio Fargas
 10.71% 
Brian Harvey
 5.39% 
Fran Cosgrove
 2.55% 
Janet Street-Porter
 18.73% 
Natalie Appleton
 10.14% 
Nancy Sorrell
 3.61% 
Paul Burrell
 5.38% 
Sheila Ferguson
 2.28% 
Sophie Anderton
 9.16% 
Joe Pasquale
 32.06% 
43572 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

SEE ALSO:
McFadden 'proud' of jungle crown
13 Feb 04 |  Entertainment
McFadden named TV's jungle queen
10 Feb 04 |  Entertainment
Jungle king Blackburn back home
11 Sep 02 |  Entertainment


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