Rebecca Adlington to enter the jungle?

08-1925-4''Rebecca Adlington parade
08-1925-4''Rebecca Adlington parade

Speculation continues to mount that Mansfield swimming sensation Rebecca Adlington will be announced as a contestant on the forthcoming TV show ‘I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!’

The internet is awash with reports that the double Olympic champion has signed a deal, apparently worth £80,000, to star in the ITV reality show.

The retired star was reported to have been turned down to appear on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, and the lure of the Australian jungle proved too much.

The identity of the celebrities due to appear for each series are always kept a close secret, often sparking a media frenzy.

Some national newspapers have listed those expected to be involved, but no confirmation has been forthcoming.

Attempts over social media site Twitter to quiz Rebecca about her involvement have fallen on deaf ears, and her regular,almost-daily updates to Twitter stopped last Wednesday, 6th November.

Whether she is now keeping a low profile in Australia to prevent her appearance being confirmed, remains to be seen.

Other celebrities being linked to the show include singer Kian Egan, snooker legend Steve Davis, and morning chat-show host Matthew Wright.

Up to 12 celebrities are brought together and are expected to live in the hostile conditions, without luxuries, for weeks in front of the TV cameras.

The public vote for the celebrities they want to see attempt stomach-turning challenges to help win food for their camp mates, and vote them off the show.

The celebrity left at the end of crowned the king or queen of the jungle.

Rebecca won two gold medals in the 400m and 800 freestyle events at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 at the age of just 19. She then managed to scoop two bronze medals in the same event at last year’s London Olympics.

She retired earlier this year, 12 days shy of her 24th birthday, admitting she felt old after losing her Olympic crown to a 15-year-old American swimmer.