WITH his big brother starring on one of the biggest reality show’s on the box, Curtis Pritchard is determined to get in on the action, too.
With former Strictly star AJ settled in Gwrych Castle for I’m A Celebrity, Curtis has decided to sign up for E4’s Celebs Go Dating.His last-minute booking comes after he was dumped by girlfriend Maura Higgins, who he met on 2019’s Love Island on ITV2.
A TV insider said: “As one of the Pritchard brothers, he’s now one of the most sought-after celebrities on the box and, thanks to being in the villa, has proven he’s a natural for reality telly. And of course it could also lead to Curtis having another romance similar to the one he enjoyed when he was on Love Island.”
Curtis and Maura finished fourth on last year’s Love Island and continued dating afterwards. But their relationship only last seven months. He’s recently been on our screens as the receptionist on The Greatest Dancer but, unfortunately, that’s now been axed after two series the BBC.
At least that means he’s got time on his hands, which he will need as all the Celebs Go Dating cast have to isolate in a Big Brother-style space. Among those joining him will be actor and former Strictly star Karim Zeroual as well as Gary Lineker's brother Wayne, who infamously said he wanted any potential partner to, “Give up her career, not want children, be able to cook ready meals and love R&B music”.
The celebrities will still go on dates with “civilians” but they will be virtual meetings as opposed to face to face. But that doesn’t rule out things getting physical between the stars, who will all be bunked up in one house together.
Vegans eye up Roy’s sausages
CORRIE is celebrating its past 60 years – and if vegan campaigners have their way, it will be looking forward to a meat-free future.
Animal rights group PETA has written to the show suggesting that cafe Roy’s Rolls – owned by cobbles stalwart Roy Cropper (David Neilson) – serves up meat-free meals when filming.
It also wants the Rovers Return – and its legendary hotpot made famous by character Betty Williams – to follow suit.
PETA boss Elisa Allen wrote: “Don’t tell Jack and Vera, but vegan foods and Corrie would make the best match we’ve ever seen on TV! Eating vegan can reduce our food-related carbon emissions by up to 73 per cent.”
It comes after EastEnders decided to serve veggie-based food in Ian Beale’s cafe Kathy’s as it means bosses can reduce their carbon footprint and cut waste by reheating dishes if they go cold.
I’m not sure Betty would approve.
DAME Olivia Newton-John sees her three cancer diagnoses as a “gift.”
She said on Loose Women yesterday: “If I hadn’t experienced breast cancer, I wouldn’t be doing the same things I am doing now. I wouldn’t want to start this (Olivia Newton-John) Foundation to try and find kinder therapies for cancer.”
Pain gain for Rhod
WELSH funnyman Rhod Gilbert has been given his own six-part series, Growing Pains for Comedy Central.
It will see celebrity guests revisit their teenage years competing to tell the most embarrassing tale.
He said: “I want to hear about the good, the bad and hormonal.”
Filming starts later this month to air next next year.
Megan’s signed up to meet her ex
MEGAN Barton Hanson has joined fellow ex-Love Islanders Amy Hart and Jess Gale in signing up for MTV’s Celeb Ex In The City, alongside Hollyoaks’s Malique Thompson Dwyer and Towie’s Charlie King.
The show, airing on December 8, will see two hopefuls go on a blind date, before reuniting with their exes.
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