Who is James McVey? Meet the I’m a Celebrity contestant and pop star

Can the singer and guitarist of The Vamps become the latest boy band star to be crowned King of the Jungle?

Even Ant McPartlin’s jungle absence isn’t enough to put the brakes on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!.

The ITV contest is back, and this time James McVey is signed up as a contestant. But who is he, and what are his biggest fears in the jungle?

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Age: 25

Occupation: Pop star

Best known for: James McVey is one quarter of the boy band The Vamps – and his band commitments are clashing with his stint in the jungle.

The Vamps are currently on tour, meaning that James will miss some of the dates, but he claims his bandmates are fine with it.

He said: “I have recorded all my guitar (bits) so they can play that out at the same time. Our bass player is really good so he could play some of them too.”

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Matt Willis, Dougie Poynter and Kian Egan have all swapped boy band fame for jungle success, so James would be in good company if he did win the King of the Jungle's crown.

The Vamps have released three albums, won a BBC Radio 1 Teen Choice award, and their most famous songs include Can We Dance, Wild Heart, and Last Night.

James and his bandmates have supported the likes of Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Little Mix on tour, as well as McFly, so he could be hitting up former winner Dougie Poynter for some jungle tips.

He said: “It’s only just starting to sink in. But this is a dream come true for me. It’s probably the only show I have watched throughout my life so I am really excited to be part of it!

“I want to do something that puts me outside of my comfort zone. I am so much more nervous about this than I would be going on stage to perform a gig.”

Jungle fears: “Spiders, I am fine about the trials.”

 

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I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! returns on Sunday, November 18 at 9pm on ITV.

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