Celebrity X Factor: Full line-up of stars revealed
The full line up for X Factor: Celebrity has been revealed – with former Strictly Come Dancing professional Brendan Cole, talk show host Ricki Lake and journalist Martin Bashir all set to show off their singing skills.
David Hasselhoff’s model daughter Hayley, rugby players Ben Foden and Thom Evans and stars from Love Island and The Only Way Is Essex will also compete, hoping to impress judges Simon Cowell, Nichole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.
The new version of the singing competition will see the celebrity contestants battling it out in rounds in Los Angeles in the hope of reaching live shows in London.
As with the original X Factor, which made stars out of singers and groups including One Direction, Little Mix and Olly Murs, the 15 acts will be hoping to win a record deal.
It will be hosted by Dermot O’Leary and will be coming to ITV soon.
Here’s all the details on the full line-up:
Fans of quiz show The Chase will recognise Ryan as one of the brainy chasers. She has also competed on The Weakest Link, University Challenge and Mastermind.
Best known for playing Angie Appleton in Coronation Street, actress Ekanoye left Weatherfield in January when Angie returned to South Africa with her son, George. She will next be seen in the new CBBC adaptation of The Worst Witch books.
A journalist who made headlines around the world in 1995 when he interviewed Princess Diana for Panorama. Bashir (pictured above) also conducted a series of interviews with Michael Jackson for the controversial ITV documentary Living with Michael Jackson in 2003.
Best known for her talk show Ricki Lake, which ran for 11 years from 1993 (and started the famous Go Ricki! chant) the US star first found fame in the lead role of Tracey Turnblad in the 1988 film Hairspray. She has appeared in a string of TV shows, including Charm School With Ricki Lake, and more recently competed on the US version of singing show The Masked Singer.
A British actor best known for his role as Paul Coker in EastEnders, where he joined the cast in 2015 when his character fell in love with Ben Mitchell. He was killed off in a homophobic attack a year later. Labey then went on to win ITV’s Dance Dance Dance in 2017.
A reality star who first found fame in Ex On The Beach in 2015 before appearing in five series of The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE). McKenna (pictured above) has also competed on Celebrity Big Brother and appeared on Celebs Go Dating, and started a career as a country singer after leaving TOWIE.
She was the star of the school Christmas play when she sang Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You in Love Actually 16 years ago. Since then, Olson has lent her voice to Phineas and Ferb and Adventure Time, and reprised her Love Actually role for the Comic Relief special Red Nose Day Actually in 2017. She released her debut solo album last year.
The US star is best known for playing wheelchair-bound Artie Abrams in the hit series Glee, but also had a pop career with boyband NTL, who opened for The Pussycat Dolls on tour. He hosted the British panel show Virtually Famous for two years until 2016 and has released solo EPs.
Hayley Hasselhoff (pictured above)
A plus-sized model who has her own clothing range, and also happens to be the daughter of Baywatch star David Hasselhoff. In 2010, she landed the leading role in TV series Huge and has also featured in her family’s reality TV series The Hasselhoffs.
Former Love Island stars Samira Mighty, Zara McDermott, Wes Nelson and Eyal Booker all found fame on the fourth series of the ITV2 show in 2018. They are now back together to compete as an X Factor group.
Max & Harvey
Twin brothers Max and Harvey Mills, 16, have released several songs but first came to prominence on the social app musical.ly in March 2016. They have been the subject of a CBBC documentary, My Life: Max & Harvey, and now have their own show on CBBC, Max and Harvey: FOMO.
Rugby stars Thom Evans, Ben Foden and Levi Davis are now trying their hands at singing. Evans is a former Scottish international rugby union player and model; Davis represented England internationally at under-18 and under-19s level, and now plays for Bath United; Foden plays for Rugby United New York and has also played for England internationally.
Cole and Edwards
Former Strictly Come Dancing professional Brendan Cole and actor Jeremy Edwards are teaming up as a duo. Cole was a professional on the BBC flagship show for 15 years and has since appeared as a judge on New Zealand’s Dancing With The Stars and as a guest judge on Britain’s Next Top Model. Edwards is best known for playing heartthrob Kurt Benson in Hollyoaks and then playing Danny Shaughnessy in Holby City.
A girl group made up of social media influencers Sofia, Alondra, Laura, Wendii and Natalie, who have a combined following of 11 million, and more than 250 million channel views on YouTube.