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Amy Childs, from The Only Way Is Essex, will compete in Celebrity MasterChef 2016 BBC

BBC's Celebrity MasterChef has cooked up a sizzling hot line-up for the 2016 show as a diverse array of famous faces are sharpening their knives ahead of the competition, including the likes of James Middleton's girlfriend Donna Air and TOWIE star Amy Childs.

The 11th series boasts an eclectic selection of stars as Strictly Come Dancing's Gleb Savchenko going head to head with Eastenders' Sid Owen and Laila Morse along with former Blue singer Simon Webbe and former Sugababe Amelle Berrabah.

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Donna Air will also put her apron on for the 11th series BBC

Though former singer and glamorous pal of Simon Cowell, Sinitta, will be joining the latest celebrities in the kitchen, there are a few candidates from the sporting world as well, such as former England rugby player Neil Back and Olympic gold medal-winning boxer Audley Harrison. Paralympian Liz Johnson will also be whipping up some delicious dishes, along with pop star-turned priest Richard Coles and former hearthrob Jimmy Osmond. We have a sneaking feeling it might get a tad competitive.

Other surprising additions (and a few familiar faces from the past) include Shameless star Tina Malone, YouTube sensation Marcus Butler, presenters Cherry Healy and Louise Minchin, Antique Roadshow's David Harper, Tommy Cannon and magician Alexis Conran. So we're expecting them to pull out some scrummy food out of their (chef) hats.

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Strictly's Gleb Savchenko will also join the culinary line-up BBC

The 20 celebrities will prove their culinary worth to judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode – but only one winner can usurp the title from last year's winner, former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt. Viewers will see who will stand strong and who will squirm under their aprons as they'll be chucked into the deep end over six weeks, with challenges such as producing a five-course dinner for the Chelsea Pensioners to celebrate The Queen's 90th birthday being one of the hurdles.

Showing her enthusiasm for her upcoming challenge, Essex native Childs wrote to her Twitter followers: "So excited to be in this years celebrity MasterChef !!!" whilst Donna zealously posted, "YUP ITS TRUE".

Celebrity MasterChef will commence its 12-episode series in June on BBC1.