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The contenders for I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!

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Hosts Chris Brown and Julia Morris have some fresh faces to torment. Photo: Network Ten
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The third series of Network Ten’s reality series I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! is returning to screens in the next few weeks, plunging several famous faces deep into the South African jungle.

With no official air date or contestant names confirmed, speculation is rife as to who will be trading insults and throwing tantrums on the Survivor-style series.

Hints released by the network have so far teased the identities of the contestants, including a radio shock jock, a US sitcom star, a top model, a singer and an AFL player.

The series, which broadcasts live five nights a week, requires contestants to travel to Kruger National Park and give up creature comforts in favour of tent living, competing in regular endurance challenges.

Each week the group votes one contestant out of the jungle. The winner scores $100,000 to be donated to a charity of his or her choice.

Last season saw former AFL player Brendan Fevola crowned king of the jungle, donating half of his winnings to fellow competitor Shane Warne’s charity (before its closure) and the other half to runner-up Paul Harragon’s charity.

Here’s what we know so far about the contestants joining the show’s two hosts, celebrity vet Dr Chris Brown and comedian Julia Morris, in the jungle.

The US sitcom star

Ten has teased the presence of a “world famous television actor” who has appeared in more than 60 films and is also a stand-up comedian.

One popular guess was Full House star Bob Saget, but the number of movies he has appeared in comes in at a far lower figure than the requisite 60.

Another option is Just Shoot Me actor David Spade, who has appeared in close to 40 films and has spent years touring as a stand-up comedian.

Other names also thrown into the pile include Saget’s Full House co-star Dave Coulier, Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen and Mad About You star Paul Reiser.

While the promos have referred to the star being a “he”, we’d love to see funny lady Fran Drescher of The Nanny fame claim the spot.

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Beloved Full House dad Bob Saget is a popular choice. Photo: Getty

The famous shock jock

The frontrunner to fill the “shock jock” position was 2GB’s evening host Steve Price, but he quickly shot down the rumours with a tweet imploring his followers, “don’t believe the gossip”.

KiisFM controversy-maker Kyle Sandilands is also a contender, but he revealed back in 2015 he’d already turned down an offer from Ten because he was “too lazy”.

“The only reason I’m not going is because I’m very lazy,” Sandilands said.

“Nor do I want to live in a baboon hut with baboons banging on the door outside.”

Other guesses include Red Symons and Ray Hadley.

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Kyle Sandilands (pictured with girlfriend Imogen Anthony) has said he’s “too lazy” to go to the jungle. Photo: Getty

The top model

“Australia’s hottest model” is even harder to identify.

The promo shows a blonde woman, which could suggest it’s any one of Australia’s many blonde catwalk beauties – sisters Ashley or Jessica Hart, former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins or lingerie model Simone Holtznagel, to name a few.

If the blonde hair is simply a decoy, then the pool of options gets even larger, with possibilities including indigenous model Samantha Harris or Australia’s Next Top Model winner Montana Cox.

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A former Australia’s Next Top Model finalist might revisit her reality show past. Photo: Getty

The AFL legend

The top pick for the “straight-talking Brownlow medallist” is Jason Akermanis, a former Brisbane Lions and Western Bulldogs player.

If Aker isn’t the chosen one, fans are also predicting Adam Goodes could accept the challenge – although he’d be the first Australian of the Year to do a reality show.

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Jason Akermanis fits the bill for ‘straight-talking Brownlow medallist’. Photo: Getty

The much-loved Olympian

As for the “three-time Olympian”, swimmer Lisa Curry may have given the game away after being spotted applying for a South African visa, according to the Daily Mail.

Curry has competed at three Olympic Games and enjoyed “success in sport, business and television” as the promo suggests, thanks to a stint on Celebrity Apprentice Australia and a popular weight loss program.

Lisa Curry is most likely to be the "three-time Olympian" on the show. Photo: Getty
Lisa Curry is most likely to be the “three-time Olympian” on the show. Photo: Getty

A world-famous pop diva

The “pop and soap star” is said to have “a number of top 10 hits under her belt”, meaning it could be any number of Neighbours or Home and Away stars-turned-singers.

The most popular guess among fans on the show’s Facebook page is former Neighbours actress and Rogue Traders frontwoman Natalie Bassingthwaighte.

If Bassingthwaighte isn’t up for leaving her two children for weeks in an isolated jungle, the two other most likely options are Natalie Imbruglia and Sophie Monk.

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Will mother-of-two Natalie Bassingthwaighte give up creature comforts for a stint in the jungle? Photo: Getty

The comedian

Described by Ten as a “triple threat”, the comedian is also a TV and radio presenter – a surprisingly common combination in Australia.

It could be any number of people and Dave Hughes, Amanda Keller, Anh Do, Peter Helliar, Rove McManus or Carl Barron are just some of the names being offered up.

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Could Hughesy be losing it in South Africa? Photo: Getty

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