BOY George has been signed up for the new series of I’m A Celebrity.
The Karma Chameleon singer, 61, who shot to fame in the 80s with cultural clubwill be heading Down Under when the show returns next month.
ITV executives are delighted with the A-list signing and hope the eccentric star will be TV gold in the jungle.
A TV source said: “Boy George is a real coup for the producers, there is a lot of excitement internally at ITV.
“The singer is renowned for his dry wit and candor, he is always outspoken and will be a hilarious value at camp.
“There is hope that he will delight viewers with his showbiz stories about his famous friends.
“Although George knows Australia well having lived in Sydney for several years, he has no Outback experience so he will be like a fish out of water living rough.”
But vegan George will not be required to eat bugs in the Bushtucker Trials and will receive meat and fish substitutes with camp meals.
Earlier this year, George was a guest on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Take-away and told the duo, who host the reality show, that the idea of eating meat put him off. saying, “Unless you make a vegan version and I’m into it.
And speaking in 2016, the singer, who is renowned for wearing iconic hatsrevealed that he had turned down the survival series several times due to campmates’ strict uniforms and lack of food.
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He said: “There would be serious clothing restrictions in the jungle.
“I had to have some hats made and I couldn’t take the food anymore. I would have a problem with that.
He was set to star in Celebrity Big Brother, but revealed last year that he was talked out of it by his mother Dinah.
Football legend Adebayo Akinfenwa, 40, and Hollyoaks star Owen Warner23, are also lined up to compete in the series.
The producers have just finished filming an I’m A Celebrity. . . Get me out of here! all-star special in South Africa, which will air early next year.