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Russell Watson and Ruthie Hensall confirmed as new I’m A Celeb campmates

Russell Watson and Ruthie Hensall confirmed as new I'm A Celeb campmates
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Salford opera singer Russell Watson has beaten two brain tumours in the past, and now the singer says he’s feeling fit and strong and ready to win I’m A Celebrity.

Russell, known as ‘The People’s Tenor’, is joining the ITV reality contest as a late entry with West End star Ruthie Henshall on tomorrow night’s show.

The Irlam -born former bolt-cutter says he’s been training hard to compete in the castle and is up for the challenge, reports the Mirror.

The 53-year-old, whose life changed while singing in on the club circuit after a club boss asked him to sing Nessun Dorma, wants to be crowned King of the Castle.

Russell Watson

He said: “I’m feeling fitter and stronger than I have for a long time.

“I’ve been training like a lunatic for the last couple of weeks.

“I have got one of those Peloton bikes and last week I did 60 miles on it.

“And I have been hammering the weights as well so I feel like I am in a good place to go in there and also to test my mettle against the challenges.”

Ruthie Henshall

He added: “I am a very competitive human being.

“I would like to win. There are some very strong characters in there, so I would never assume it will happen but if someone asks ‘would I like to win’ then yeah of course I would.”

Russell’s first album The Voice spent a record 52 weeks at number one in the UK classical chart and topped the US charts.

“You don’t get from where I came from which is the factory floor of a Salford workshop to being the best selling classical artist in the UK without being a driven lunatic,” he said.

Russell Watson on stage at the Global Awards 2020

“I have always worked hard and been driven. I always grab a challenge with both hands.

“So I’m not going in there to fade into the background, that is for sure.”

His upbringing in Salford means the cold weather at Gwrych Castle in Abergele, north Wales, won’t phase him.

He said: “I live in Manchester so I am used to that. “It just rains and it is cloudy most of the time, even during the summer.

“It’s nothing new for me and as a kid north Wales is where my mum and dad used to bring me my sister for holidays or days out anytime of the year. So I am quite used to wrapping up and sticking the scarf on and wellington boots.

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“It’s not really a challenge, also I quite like the cold you know because growing up in Salford my dad would never put the central heating on so the ice was always on the inside of the window in the winter.

“An old friend of mine used to say, you know when it has got to minus five because that is when Russell stops wearing shorts.”

Russell has previously worked with Bolton TV presenter Vernon Kay and former EastEnders actor Shane Richie and knows Corrie legend Beverley Callard from the Manchester showbiz scene.

But Ruthie, 53, says it it feels like ‘you’re coming into school late and everybody’s got their gangs already.’

She added: “But I’m used to being part of a company, I’m used to going in, in that situation. I’m just gonna get the most out of it as I can just throw myself into it. And then hope they’ve got room in their heart for another celeb.”





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