Strictly and EastEnders stars lead Celebrity MasterChef line-up

There's also a brand new Pairs challenge this series

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Gemma Collins and Strictly Come Dancing’s Frankie Bridge and AJ Pritchard are among the stars who will compete in Celebrity MasterChef’s new series.

Former Made In Chelsea and The Jump star Spencer Matthews, EastEnders’ John Partridge and Holby City’s Chizzy Akudolu will also take part in the show.

AJ Pritchard (Credit: BBC)

After the show’s line-up was released, Gemma told fans: “I am so excited to announce I will be appearing on MASTER CHEF 👩‍🍳 it was interesting to say the least and a few burnt fingers ha ha.”

No doubt TOWIE star Gemma will be hoping for better success than her 2014 appearance in the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! jungle, which saw her leave the show after just three days.

Gemma Collins (Credit: BBC)

Former Strictly contestant Frankie said: “Well… in the name of trying new things and pushing myself out of my comfort zone… call me brave or stupid!”

Dolly Parton’s younger sister, Stella Parton, actor Keith Allen and English cricketer Monty Panesar form part of the 20-strong line-up of celebrities who will be hoping to impress judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode when the BBC One series returns.

They will be joined by former The Bill actor Lisa Maxwell, TV presenter Michelle Ackerley, Scottish presenter Jean Johansson and social entrepreneur and designer Jay Blades.

Comedian Zoe Lyons, former rugby union star Martin Bayfield and World Champion Paralympian Stefanie Reid are also among the eclectic mix set to turn up the heat in the kitchen.

Spencer Matthews (Credit: BBC)

Completing the line-up is Union J’s Josh Cuthbert, radio presenter Clara Amfo, eighties pop star Carol Decker and singer Anita Harris – who rose to fame with the Cliff Adams Singers.

This year’s series will span six weeks and 12 episodes.

During the first four heat weeks, consisting of 60-minute episodes, five celebrities will compete each week in the Mystery Box Challenge, and will also have to cook in a professional restaurant kitchen.

Monty Panesar will be hoping to impress the judges (Credit: BBC)

Following their external adventure, they will have to cook a two-course menu, designed themselves, for the judges. One contestant will be sent home after each episode.

The four remaining celebrities will have to return the following evening to face a trio of challenges, including the newly-introduced Pairs Challenge, which involves the celebrities being split into two teams of two.

Each team will cook the same dish, but a wall will separate team members, so instructions will have to be served up vocally to ensure team dishes are identical.

Radio presenter Clara Amfo (Credit: BBC)

The contestants will also take on the Catering Challenge and four contestants will have to cook for the judges and previous series winners to secure a place in the semi-final.

Among the semi-final tasks featured is a cooking challenge which forms part of the 100th birthday celebrations of Antiques Roadshow.

The final will be a 90-minute episode featuring the remaining three celebrities.

Celebrity MasterChef 2017
Celebrity MasterChef winner Angellica Bell who beat Ulrika Jonsson and Dev Griffin to the title in the 2017 series (Credit: BBC)

The BBC’s commissioning editor, Carla-Maria Lawson, said: “Celebrity MasterChef is a real treat in BBC One’s summer schedule. This series features a wonderfully diverse line up of celebrities donning the iconic aprons.

“They’re out of their comfort zones, but determined to make their mark in the MasterChef kitchen. Along the way, viewers can expect high drama served alongside some great food.”

TV and radio presenter Angellica Bell was crowned the winner of the 2017 series of Celebrity MasterChef.

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