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The Jump: Actors, reality stars and Olympic medallists among 2016 line-up

Published 16/01/2016

Rebecca Adlington, one of the contestants in this year's The Jump (Channel 4/PA)
Rebecca Adlington, one of the contestants in this year's The Jump (Channel 4/PA)
James Argent joins this year's The Jump (Channel 4/PA)

Soap stars, a singer, a Superman actor and three former Olympic medallists will all be hitting the ski slopes as part of the line-up for Channel 4's The Jump.

The 12-strong celebrity line-up features six female contestants including swimmer Rebecca Adlington OBE, Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding, gymnast Beth Tweddle and socialite Tamara Beckwith.

The final two female contestants are Holby City's Tina Hobley and EastEnders and The Bill actress Louisa Lytton.

The male contestants are Olympic runner Linford Christie OBE, former Westlife singer Brian McFadden, Made In Chelsea's Mark-Francis Vandelli, and reality TV star James 'Arg' Argent, best known for appearing on The Only Way Is Essex (Towie).

Rounding off the male line-up is EastEnders' Sid Owen and American actor Dean Cain, who played Superman in The New Adventures Of Superman.

The show, which is filmed in the Austrian Alps, sees the celebrities tackling various ski-related activities, with each episode's worst performing contestants having to do a ski jump.

The winner is awarded the Cowbell Trophy, which is currently held by Towie star Joey Essex, who won last year's series.

TV presenter Davina McCall will be back hosting the show, which has moved to a new weekly format, instead of being shown daily as the previous series had been. The celebrities will also have to tackle an all-new bespoke ski jump.

The coaches training them include skeleton racing champion Lizzy Yarnold and Olympic skier Graham Bell.

No air date has been given but the show is expected to begin at the end of January.

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