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Rachel Stevens swaps the dancefloor for the kitchen to take on Celebrity Masterchef

Rachel Stevens will be competing against Gogglebox vicar Kate Bottley and Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels actor Nick Moran on the upcoming series of Celebrity Masterchef.

Former S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens, Paul Daniels' widow Debbie McGee and Outnumbered actor Tyger Drew-Honey are among the stars vying for success on this year's Celebrity Masterchef.

The line-up for the new season of the BBC programme has now been announced, with a host of famous faces hoping to make magic in the kitchen for judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels actor Nick Moran, Union J's Jaymi Hensley, Gogglebox vicar Kate Bottley, TV favourite Ulrika Jonsson, snooker ace Stephen Hendry, singer and author Patti Boulaye and newsreader Julia Somerville are also hoping to wow with their culinary creations.

The 2017 line-up is completed by comedian Vic Reeves, One Show host Angellica Bell, Scottish presenter Aasmah Mir, Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington, former French tennis player Henry Leconte, Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin, actor and stand-up comedian Abdullah Afzal, former Hollyoaks star Brian Bovell, soprano singer Lesley Garrett and CBBC presenter Barney Harwood.

Several of the names have already had reality television experience, such as Rebecca's time on The Jump, Tyger's time on Celebs Go Dating and Ulrika's stint in the Celebrity Big Brother house. Meanwhile Rachel competed on Strictly Come Dancing, but lost out in the final to actor Tom Chambers.

But Celebrity Masterchef is unlike anything any of them have experienced.

For the first four weeks of the competition, the 20 contestants will compete in groups of five, and will have to show they can handle the Mystery Box Challenge, which sees them forced to come up with creations from a mystery box of ingredients.

The hopefuls will also have to take on a series of stressful challenges during the competition, cooking for paying customers as well as preparing food for large groups of people at sites including The Oval cricket ground, King’s College Dental Institute and the Francis Crick Institute.

The three contestants who impress the judges the most will then face the biggest challenge yet in the 90-minute finale, where they will face the Chef's Table. They will have to prepare a three course meal for several famous chefs, led by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton.

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