WIGAN’S ’80s chart-topper Limahl is heading to the jungle!
The Pemberton-born star, whose real name is Christopher Hamill, is reported to be in Australia, as a surprise late arrival in I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here.
The Kajagoogoo frontman will parachute into the jungle this week along with domineering chef Rosemary Shrager, several days after the other stars in the series, which started on Sunday.
Earlier this year Limahl said of the ITV series: “I was up for it seven years in a row.”
It is believed he will receive a fee of around £40,000, with a show source saying: “Producers have been thinking about getting Limahl on board for a while.
“The show always likes to have someone from the golden days of pop.”
The 53-year-old will join Helen Flanagan, who is dating former Latics striker Scott Sinclair, as well as MP Nadine Dorries, Eric Bristow, Colin Baker, Hugo Taylor, Brian Conley, David Haye, Linda Robson, and Charlie Brooks.
Sunday’s launch show showed the original 10 celebs race each other to avoid being stranded on what’s been described as “an inhospitable island” for the night.
The losing team of five had to survive the night with the bare minimum of supplies and kit, and will no doubt have been fending off bugs and an assortment of jungle critters throughout their stay.
Luckily for former Coronation Street star Helen, who is known to have panic attacks, her team won, despite her struggling to keep up the pace, as she said: “I’m not really a sporty kind of person but I’m trying my best.”
Limahl rose to fame as the lead singer of Kajagoogoo, who had hits including Too Shy, before embarking on a briefly successful solo career, which reached its peak with the 1984 song The NeverEnding Story, taken from the film of the same name.
In late 2003, Limahl briefly reunited with the other members of Kajagoogoo for the VH1 special Bands Reunited (which aired in 2004), but this did not lead to a permanent reunion until 2008.
Last year, Limahl took part in the BBC’s Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, reaching the final as part of an 1980s supergroup alongside Chesney Hawkes, Toyah Wilcox and Clare Grogan and he released a new single called 1983, earlier this year.
In 2004, Limahl took part in the musical reality show Comeback on German TV channel Pro7. A year later, in 2005, he appeared in a similar UK show, Hit Me Baby One More Time on ITV.