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Stars out to battle for Celebrity MasterChef title

Published 17/05/2016

Jimmy Osmond is among the stars set to turn up the heat on Celebrity MasterChef (BBC/PA)
Jimmy Osmond is among the stars set to turn up the heat on Celebrity MasterChef (BBC/PA)
Amy Childs from The Only Way Is Essex is among the stars competing on Celebrity MasterChef (BBC(PA)
Strictly professional Gleb Savchenko is among the mix of stars set to turn up the heat on Celebrity MasterChef (BBC)

Singer Jimmy Osmond, Strictly pro Gleb Savchenko and The Only Way Is Essex's Amy Childs are among the eclectic mix of stars set to turn up the heat on Celebrity MasterChef.

The Jump competitor Sid Owen will be making the leap to the less risky environment of the MasterChef kitchen.

There he will be joined by fellow ex-EastEnders star Laila Morse, who played Mo Harris, among the 20 famous faces signed up for upcoming series 11.

Following in the footsteps of last year's winner Kimberly Wyatt are pop stars Sinitta, Blue's Simon Webbe and Sugababes's Amelle Berrabah, plus former Communard-turned-vicar Richard Coles.

Actress Donna Air will hope to have picked up some tips on dessert from ex-boyfriend James Middleton, who owns his own marshmallow company.

Meanwhile, Shameless actress Tina Malone, who lost 11 stone in weight after gastric band surgery, will put her new cooking skills to the test.

Drawing in the younger audience will be YouTube vlogger Marcus Butler, who has previously collaborated with teen favourite Zoella, but dishy actor and presenter Alexis Conran might steal the mums' vote.

Hoping not to drop the ball are three championship stars from the world of sport: Olympic gold medallist boxer Audley Harrison, former rugby world cup winner Neil Back and paralympic swimmer Liz Johnson.

Completing the line-up are BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin, TV presenter Cherry Healey, TV antiques expert David Harper and Tommy Cannon, one half of famous comedy double act Cannon & Ball.

During six weeks, the celebrities will be challenged during tests including cooking a lavish five-course dinner for the Chelsea Pensioners to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.

They will also tackle mass catering at venues including Arsenal Football Stadium, Battersea Power Station and Bisham Abbey manor house.

Last year's finalists Rylan Clark-Neal and Sam Nixon will be among the judges joining regulars Gregg Wallace and John Torode.

The series will be broadcast later this year.

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