Blue’s Duncan James signs big bucks deal for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here to head down under and face snake phobia

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BLUE singer Duncan James will turn green when he sees the creatures he will be working with on his next job.

I can reveal the All Rise pop star will be heading Down Under to face his phobia of snakes  on I’m A Celebrity. . . Get Me Out Of Here!

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How Duncan James could look as he confronts his phobia of snakes by joining the cast of I’m A Celebrity

Duncan has signed a big bucks deal to appear on the hit ITV show — and he has told pals it is worth it because of the size of the pay cheque.

A source close to the him said: “Duncan has  been approached in the past for I’m A Celebrity but the timing wasn’t right — until now.

“With his good looks and personality, he is the perfect fit for the ­jungle. ­

“Producers also think he could be telly gold because he will have to face his phobias head-on.

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This series also marks the return of  Ant McPartlin after he did not feature in the previous run of I’m A Celeb[/caption]

“The best campmates are the ones who have to overcome their fears — and Duncan has told them he is game for anything.

“Some of his mates think he is totally crazy to go in there, but he has told them the pay packet will make it ­worthwhile.”

Duncan, whose two-year contract with Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks ended at the start of this year, appeared on Dancing On Ice in 2007. But he had ruled out going into the jungle, admitting:  “I have a massive phobia of snakes. If I saw one I’d pass out or I’d literally pee myself.

“I would never, ever be able to put my head in one of those tanks with creatures crawling about. I’d have a heart attack.”

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Holly Willoughby filled in for Ant McPartlin last year alongside Declan Donnelly[/caption]

Last month, The Sun exclusively revealed football pundit Ian Wright was the first celebrity to join talks for this year’s edition of the show while Shooting Stars panellist Ulrika ­Jonsson had also been approached by show bosses.

This series also marks the return of  Ant McPartlin after pal Holly Willoughby filled in for him last year alongside Declan Donnelly.

Duncan’s band mate Antony Costa appeared on I’m A Celebrity  in 2005, and their Blue pal Simon Webbe was on the show in 2008, finishing fifth.

You have got to feel for Lee Ryan — he is currently on Celebs Go Dating.


READ MORE FROM SIMON BOYLE’S BIZARRE  COLUMN


Bey and Jay’s walk of cane

JAY-Z proved he’s a caner at heart by carrying a walking stick at a bash alongside  wife Beyonce.

The couple were dressed up for his niece Teanna’s Great Gatsby-themed 21st birthday party in New York.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce dressed up for his niece Teanna’s Great Gatsby-themed 21st birthday party in New York[/caption]

Their appearance came after I revealed Bey’s Lion King album for the new Disney film in which she voiced Nala, has flopped with under 1,000 UK downloads in its first five days.

And things weren’t helped when her co-star John Oliver snubbed our royals by saying: “If you had to choose between Beyonce and Queen Elizabeth II, is anyone – including Queen Elizabeth II – taking the second one?” There’s a lion, and John crossed it.

POLITICS FOR THE YUNG

DONCASTER singer Yungblud lit up the Houses of Parliament at the weekend by projecting lyrics from his politically motivated track, Hope For The Underrated Youth.

He said: “The world right now tells us fall in line, it tells us what you’re allowed to care about, think about, even to the point what air you should f***ing breathe.

“Things are changing drastically, a lot of the time not for the better and it’s hard to watch.”

As well as the Houses of Parliament stunt, Yungblud held a boat party for fans on the River Thames on Saturday.

Miley’s well red

MILEY CYRUS is seeing red again after blasting the MTV Video Music Awards for snubbing her.

She wore a bright bikini and shades on a lilo   for an Instagram snap captioned: “Hot girl summer”.

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Miley Cyrus has blasted the MTV Video Music Awards for snubbing her[/caption]

She publicly refused to perform at the awards next month after her EP She Is Coming did not get a nomination, answering, “No f***ing way” when a follower asked her.

Miley, who famously twerked on Robin Thicke as he sang his hit Blurred Lines at the 2013 VMAs, is now set to release She Is Here and She Is Everything.

It’s a good thing she’s not deflated.

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She’s clearly not too deflated about her EP She Is Coming not getting a nomination, though[/caption]


Biz Bit

PROFESSOR GREEN, who fractured his neck in February following a seizure, has released a new song, Matters Of The Heart. Tickets for the rapper’s M.O.T.H. tour go on sale from 10am on Friday for UK gigs in November.


WHO: SMASH NOT HIT

THE WHO frontman Roger Daltrey is more likely to be found polishing his guitar after a big gig rather than smashing it up like Pete Townshend.

The singer admitted he has never been able to bear watching his bandmate  destroying his  instrument at their concerts.

He said: “I found it difficult.  Pete came from a very different background from me – very middle-class. When you have to fight for everything you’ve got, you don’t smash it up.

“It used to hurt me emotionally to see those guitars going up.

“Equally, I could understand what it was doing for our image, so I had to bottle it up. But it wasn’t pleasant.”

My perceptions of rock and roll are slowly but surely being destroyed.

Lily toys with a ‘massager’

LILY ALLEN is working on a new project – and you will be pleased to hear it’s NOT an album.

The Smile singer is creating a line of sex toys after a flop album, book and a musical which has yet to see the light of day despite being written in 2009.

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Lily Allen is working on a new celebrity sex toy[/caption]

She told a book festival in Cornwall on Saturday: “I am developing a sex toy. It is a clitoral massager.

“I probably shouldn’t talk about it. I haven’t done a press release or anything like that.”

She joins Mel B who is entering the same market after meeting many women who have been “bemoaning the range of sex toys”.

Lily penned the Bridget Jones’ Diary musical a decade ago but it has still not been staged.

Last year, she released unacclaimed autobiography My Thoughts Exactly and album No Shame – which only charted at eight.

She added: “Orgasms are important, ladies, and I feel like the celeb sex toy market hasn’t been capitalised upon.

“Musicians running round on brands you have no interest in is soul destroying, but I am happy to talk about this thing.”

I just wish she wouldn’t.


Bizbit

FOALS celebrated their recent Mercury Prize nomination with a gig at Truck Festival in their home town of Oxford. Lead singer Yannis Philippakis said: “We’re going to play a song we recorded in a barn just down the road.”


RAUNCHY BIRTHDAY WITH J-LO

JENNIFER LOPEZ learnt to strip for her upcoming film Hustlers by visiting lap-dancing clubs with fiance Alex Rodriguez – and by the looks of it she picked up a few tricks.

The singer got A-Rod up on stage for an X-rated performance on Saturday night in front of a packed crowd at her show in Miami.

Jennifer, joined by two dancers, gave Alex his own private routine as a treat to celebrate him turning 44.

She danced to Jeremih track Birthday Sex as punters cheered her on.

As she headed off-stage for a costume change, she teased her fiance: “Are you ready to behave yourself?”

The night before, J-Lo presented the former New York Yankees player with a four-tiered baseball-themed cake.

Her twins Max and Emme and Alex’s daughters Natasha and Ella were by his side on stage.

Last week, J-Lo celebrated her 50th birthday with a lavish bash on Star Island in Miami.

The guest list included Ashanti, DJ Khaled and, er, former Corrie star Ryan Thomas.

I think it’s only right that Alex invites Bet Lynch to his do, then.

Ron scores at villa

Cristiano Ronaldo’s new villa in Marbella

CRISTIANO RONALDO will soon be neighbours with Conor McGregor after buying a house a few doors from the martial arts fighter.

The Juventus ace has bought a £1.3million luxury pad in Marbella, Spain – adding to his £27million property empire. His holiday home on the “Superstars Cul de Sac” boasts four bedrooms, views of the Mediterranean,  gym, cinema room and infinity pool.

Ronaldo adding to his £27million property empire

A source said: “Cristiano has picked it as one of his  retreats and to bolster his property portfolios. When you’re worth £365million it’s a drop in the ocean.”

Give me Benidorm any day.


BIZMETER: CHARTS

SHAWN MENDES and Camila Cabello are back at the top after Senorita bunny-hopped  ED SHEERAN’s Beautiful People.

AJ TRACEY’s Ladbroke Grove, featuring Jorja Smith’s vocals, surged eight places after spending a fortnight at No16.

ED SHEERAN’s song Remember The Name, referencing his wife Cherry Seaborn, slips 11 spots after its chart debut two weeks ago.

Last week’s most streamed singles

  1. Senorita – SHAWN MENDES and CAMILA CABELLO, 3.9m
  2. Beautiful People – ED SHEERAN and KHALID, 3.7m
  3. I Don’t Care – ED SHEERAN and JUSTIN BIEBER, 3m
  4. Take Me Back To London – ED SHEERAN and STORMZY, 2.6m
  5. Cross Me – ED SHEERAN, CHANCE THE RAPPER and PnB ROCK, 2.5m
  6. Someone You Loved –  LEWIS CAPALDI, 2.4m
  7. Vossi Bop – STORMZY, 2.4m
  8. Ladbroke Grove – AJ TRACEY, 2.3m
  9. Hold Me While You Wait –  LEWIS CAPALDI, 2m
  10. 3 Nights – DOMINIC FIKE,  2m
  11. Wish You Well – SIGALA, 1.9m
  12. So High – MIST and FREDO, 2m
  13. Location – DAVE and BURNA BOY, 1.9m
  14. Antisocial – ED SHEERAN and TRAVIS SCOTT, 1.9m
  15. Mad Love – MABEL, 1.9m
  16. Crown – STORMZY, 1.9m
  17. Remember The Name – ED SHEERAN, EMINEM and 50 CENT, 1.9m
  18. Goodbyes – POST MALONE and YOUNG THUG, 1.9m
  19. Old Town Road Remix – LIL NAS X and BILLY RAY CYRUS, 1.8m
  20. Bad Guy – BILLIE EILISH, 1.8m

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