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Simone, Giles to head into jungle

Vincent Simone and Annabel Giles are set to join the jungle campmates in I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

And Strictly Come Dancing favourite Vincent has already admitted he is so scared of bugs that even a ladybird frightens him.

The dancefloor star, who turned down a slot on Strictly's Christmas special in favour of the jungle, will be seen heading into the ITV show's camp tomorrow (November 22) along with TV presenter Annabel.

Vincent, 34, who will have to face an array of creepy-crawlies, admitted: "I am scared of anything. I am realising this more and more.

"The other day I was on a phone at home and I opened the French doors to go outside. I saw this red thing flying towards me. I was kicking and punching it. It was a ladybird! I am so terrible; I can't actually pick out specific creatures. Spiders, tarantulas, I am scared of the whole thing."

The father-of-two, formerly one of Strictly's pro dancers before leaving after last year's series, added: "I won't be surprised if I chicken out. It will be a shame but at least I have tried."

Vincent said his partner Susan was nervous about him joining the show, while both his mother and his professional dance partner Flavia Cacace were initially unhappy at his decision to take part.

But he said: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I have got to a point where life is so intense that is it nice to try something new."

Meanwhile Annabel, 54, said she was hoping to show "posh" people in a better light when she enters the jungle.

"I would like to dispel the rumours that all posh people are like David Cameron and George Osborne. Hopefully I can restore a bit of popularity," she said.

She went on: "It's a chance to have some me time. It is a weird way to have 'me' time, but actually I do think it will be better than going to a health spa... as I couldn't bear lounging around in towelling dressing gowns. This will be exciting for me."

Meanwhile, TV bosses have denied that The Only Way Is Essex's Sam Faiers - the ex-girlfriend of current campmate Joey Essex - would be heading into the jungle. Her arrival would have put the blossoming romance between Joey and model Amy Willerton on hold.

"There's no truth to the stories that Sam Faiers is joining I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!" a spokesperson told Digital Spy.

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