I’m A Celebrity Interview: AJ Pritchard

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! returns which can mean only one thing… the time has come for a brand new cast of celebrities to battle it out in TV’s toughest entertainment challenge.

This year the show will be filmed at the historic Gwrych Castle, Abergele in North Wales.

Ant & Dec will host an adapted version of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! live every night on ITV from the castle. As on the regular series, viewers will see the celebrities undertake gruelling trials and fun-filled challenges to win food and treats in the lead up to one of them being crowned, for the first time ever, King or Queen of the Castle.

AJ Pritchard tells us more…

Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard may be swapping the glitzy ballroom for a Welsh castle
but as a show super fan, he can’t wait to take part in what he describes as ‘the best
programme on TV’ And the excited star admits he is looking forward to having a digital detox as he focuses on putting ‘110 per cent effort’ into winning as many stars as he can for his fellow camp mates.

“Doing I’m A Celebrity is a childhood dream come true,” explains AJ. “I was so excited to watch the return of Strictly this Autumn but now I am going to be on an even better show! I can’t wait!”
“I think my friends from Strictly like Neil (Jones) and Janette (Manrara) are going to watch, which
is really nice. They have always known how much I have wanted to do this programme as I
have talked about it all the time!”

Asked what he is most looking forward to and the professional dancer replies: “When I walk
into the camp for the first time, I will be like the kid in the candy shop!

“People see me on Strictly with fake tan and sparkles but nobody knows me. It will be nice for
people to see me and get to know who I am.”

“I am unbelievably competitive and whatever the challenge is, I will go for it. I will give everything 110 per cent. I really appreciate life and I never take anything for granted. I will be
trying to come back with all the stars every single time and if I don’t, I think I will be

AJ – whose decision to quit Strictly earlier this year was a big shock – does reveal, however,
he could have issues with any trial that involves a coffin.

“Being trapped in a confined space will get to me for sure. And heights are not my friend too
much either!

“But I am looking forward to a digital detox. It will definitely be a positive when you consider
how much you work from your phone. My phone is attached to my hip 24/7!”

With his stage projects on hold thanks to Covid, AJ says he knows the harsh camp
conditions will prove tough at times. “I think I will be hangry,” says the dancer when asked
how he will feel eating rice and beans. “And I do think I will get upset at some point. I don’t
know why I will but I do know there will be a moment! It’s only natural.”

As for whether he’d like to be crowned ‘King of the Castle’ and it’s a resounding ‘yes’ especially
as he never lifted the glitter ball trophy on Strictly.

Aside from taking part on the hit series, AJ also hopes it will lead to other TV opportunities.
“My push is to do more TV presenting with my brother, Curtis,” he explains. “We’ve done
things on Lorraine but we would love to have our own TV show together. He is so excited
and he can’t wait for everyone to see me in there. We’ve got a podcast now and he will be
talking about me on that too!”

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