I'm A Celebrity guessing game nearly over

Julia Morris and Chris Brown host the TV series I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Australia.
Julia Morris and Chris Brown host the TV series I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Australia. Channel 10

THE guessing game about which celebrities have signed up for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! is reaching fever pitch ahead of tonight's premiere.

Shock jock Kyle Sandilands is one person Chris Brown would love to see roughing it in the bush.

"He's clearly mentally strong, so he could probably handle it," Brown tells APN.

"You need someone in the jungle who can make light of a situation, because it can get hard in there. You need someone who lightens the mood."

But Sandilands doesn't fit the bill for any of the clues Channel 10 has released so far.

Names that have been bandied around in relation to the second season of the reality show include Shane Warne, Rhonda Burchmore, Denise Drysdale, Akmal Saleh, The Stafford Brothers and Layne Beachley.

The show follows a crop of Australian and international celebrities who give up their creature comforts to live in a basic base camp in South Africa and take part in gross and extreme challenges to win viewer votes and raise money for charity.

"When you hear the initial names and people find out that first night, everyone has an opinion about what they think about them, but inevitably that opinion changes," Brown says.

"When you look at Maureen McCormack - everyone was convinced she was going to leave within the first 24 hours.

"The great thing about the second series is now it feels like people get it and why we're doing these strange challenges and making them eat these bizarre things. There is a deeper purpose behind it."

The comedic chemistry between TV vet Brown and his cheeky co-host Julia Morris won the show a dedicated fan base last year.

"We're like a strange ex-pat married couple over there," he laughs.

"We hang out, go shopping for the latest safari wear, and we often amuse ourselves by how touristy we can dress up."

This year features the addition of an up-late companion show - I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Now! - hosted by former contestant Joel Creasey and The Bachelor finalist Heather Maltman.

There are also a few surprises in store.

"In the first episode, not just the celebrities will surprise, but the star of the show will surprise people," Brown says.

"The camp might surprise people, too."

I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! premieres tonight at 6.30pm on Channel 10.

Topics:  channel 10 chris brown i'm a celebrity get me out of here julia morris shane warne

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