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Davina McCall is 'so excited' about new series of The Jump

Davina McCall loves when sportspeople sign up to appear on The Jump because they are so "competitive and strong".

Davina McCall has teased the "crazy amazing" line-up for the next series of winter sports show The Jump.

The 49-year-old presenter has been hosting the Channel 4 programme since it premiered in 2014. And despite the show being at the centre of controversy surrounding the amount of injuries suffered by its celebrity contestants, it is returning for another series next year (17).

While the line-up for the next season has yet to be confirmed, Davina has revealed it's the best to date.

"We've got an amazing line-up - an unbelievable line-up," she told Digital Spy. "And no, I can't tell you, but we have quite a few people set. They're crazy amazing people - I'm so excited."

Davina also hinted that there are a few athletes who have already agreed to take part, adding: "My favourite people to get on there are sportspeople because they are so supple and good and great at learning things and competitive and strong.

"I love getting a really good range of sportspeople on there so hopefully… I can't say anything! I can't say any more. I'm going to shut up because I'm going to give you something!"

Last year's show saw Olympians Rebecca Adlington and Beth Tweddle take part, but both were forced to withdraw early due to the injuries they suffered. Gymnast Beth even had to have surgery after being left with two fractured vertebrae in her neck following a fall.

However, while Davina admits the contestants are "crazy" for taking part, she also thoroughly admires them for agreeing to compete on the show.

"It is a crazy, crazy show to be part of and our contestants are just the coolest, bravest people on television," she smiled. "Not because we put them at any risk, but you know, it's just being in the snow.

"Normally you're in the snow for a week and you have a certain amount of risk, but if you're in the snow for eight to 10 weeks and you're on the slopes every day doing these crazy events... these people are amazing."

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