Russell Watson explains why he finally decided to do I’m A Celeb after being asked 6 times

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Russell Watson has opened up about the reason why he has finally decided to do I'm A Celebrity after being asked six times.

The 53-year-old is a late entry to the show this year alongside Ruthie Henshall.

But the pair won't be entering the hot and sunny Australian jungle – instead, they will have to make their way up to the cold, wet and windy Gwrych Castle in North Wales.

Which makes it even more unusual that theatre star Russell would choose to take part this particular year, in comparison to the many previous years he has been asked.

Speaking to the Mirror Online and other news outlets, he said: "I've been asked six times. I got asked at the beginning of this year – and I don't know why this year, I just felt like a different challenge. It was before the Covid thing came in, so it wasn't related to that in any way.

Russell Watson will be one of this year's late arrivals
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"I'm known for my singing and being on stage and I have that repetoir. But I don't think anybody's got to know my personality really well. I think this is a good opportunity to do that and also test my mettle against the other challengers that will be in there."

However, Russell was very resolute in the fact that he wouldn't get "hangry" during his time on the show, despite his food supply being limited.

"I don't generally get hangry," he said. "I just start to get a little bit flat. I'm quite a placid chap."

The theatre star hopes that people will see the real him in the castle
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Ruthie Henshall will be joining him as a late arrival
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He might struggle, however, with tackling some of the elements of the castle as he describes his biggest fears as being ghosts and the dark.

Gwrych Castle is notorious for its spooky ghosts, which visitors have previously spotted lurking by its medieval windows.

Legend has it that the Countess of Dundonald, Winifred Cochrane, still haunts the castle to this day.

"I'm not a big fan of the dark," he admitted. "I'm not sure why that is – maybe it's a control thing – you don't know what's there and you can't see it."

*I'm A Celebrity airs every day at 9pm on ITV

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