Celebrity MasterChef 2016: Start date confirmed – let the countdown begin!

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  • Finally, it’s back! We’re of course talking about Celebrity MasterChef, and what’s more – the start date has been announced.

    We’re a little bit too excited about this year’s Celebrity MasterChef especially now we’ve found out the line up as well as the start date for the show.

    We can’t wait to have John Torode and Gregg Wallace back on our screens for another round of nail-biting competitive cooking – bring it on!

    Tune into Celebrity MasterChef on Wednesday 22nd June, BBC One at 8pm.

    Celebrity MasterChef contestants

    From pop princesses to reality TV stars, this year’s show looks like it’ll certainly make good viewing.

    Scroll down to find out exactly who will be cooking up a storm this season in the MasterChef kitchen…

    Jimmy Osmond

    US legend Jimmy Osmond is famous for his vocal cords and not his cooking, but we reckon he’ll give the show a good shot!

    Simon Webbe

    Once a boy band heartthrob in group Blue, Simon has had his fair share of reality fame before. The soulful singer appeared on I’m A Celebrity previously but will he have what it takes to compete in MasterChef as the heat gets turned up?

    Amelle Berrabah

    Part of girl band Sugababes, we think Amelle might just have a sweet tooth…

    Richard Coles

    Former pop-star-turned priest, Richard Coles looks to be a steady kind of chap who will listen to feedback and go about the challenges methodically.

    Sid Owen

    You might recognise this cheeky chap from EastEnders! Sid is another one of the celebs who has starred on reality TV before – performing on Channel 4’s skiing programme The Jump.

    Tina Malone

    If you ever watched Shameless you’ll know Tina as Mimi Maguire. We hope her use of the English language on MasterChef is a little more controlled compared to her on-screen character!

    Laila Morse

    Well, isn’t it Big Mo? This EastEnders veteran has tried her hand at a bit of everything when it comes to reality TV – from the jungle to Dancing on Ice.

    Donna Air

    Stylish Donna Air is known for her acting skills and her fashion know-how – but how will she be when it comes to food trends? We can’t wait to see.


    When Sinitta appeared on cooking programme Who’s Doing The Dishes, she ordered in takeaway (a la Mrs Doubtfire) so we’re not quite sure how well she’ll cope in the MasterChef kitchen.

    Alexis Conran

    As well as being an actor and a writer Alexis is also a stage magician, so we can’t wait to see what tricks he gets up to when it comes to his recipes. We’re expecting a lot of dry ice…

    Cherry Healey

    Popular TV presenter Cherry is a cheery type of soul and we suspect her and Greg will have a bit of banter around the set.

    Louise Minchin

    More at home on the BBC Breakfast sofa, Louise will be trading places to try her hand at wowing the MasterChef judges. We reckon Louise knows a thing or two about a classic dish…

    Amy Childs

    TOWIE star Amy certainly isn’t shy when it comes to speaking her mind, but somehow we just can’t imagine her keeping her cool under pressure.

    Neil Back

    Former England rugby player Neil knows a thing or two about putting in the training, so we think he’ll have a very strict regime for practicing his dishes.

    Audley Harrison

    Audley is an Olympic boxer, so he’s pretty tough under pressure which we’re sure will help him sail through the first rounds.

    Liz Johnson

    Liz is more at home in a swimming pool than a kitchen. The 30-year-old Paralympian swimmer will have to prove to the judges that she’s got what it takes to swim through the rounds.

    Tommy Cannon

    Lovable Tommy was one half of the comedian double act Cannon and Ball so we’re expecting a fair few gags from this one. He’s also had previous reality TV experience, appearing on I’m A Celeb and Coach Trip.

    Marcus Butler

    Part of the Vlogger superstar gang, Marcus has over 4 million subscribers to his YouTube channel! Sometimes he even does some cooking in his videos, so maybe he’s got some skills hidden up his sleeve.

    David Harper

    If you’re a fan of Bargain Hunt, Cash in the Attic or the Antiques Road Show then you’ll know David is a bit of an antique’s specialist. Will he know as much about food though?

    Gleb Savchenko

    Good-looking Gleb had Strictly fans cooing over him all last year, so we think he might just be a popular addition to this year’s line up.

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