DANCER/CHOREOGRAPHER CRIS JUDD TO JOIN CAST OF THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK'S "I'M A CELEBRITY -- GET ME OUT OF HERE!"

Producers Announce Expansion of the Celebrity Cast to 10 Contestants, with 9th Cast Member Maria Conchita Alonso also Named; Final Cast Member to Be Announced Shortly


Dancer/Choreographer Cris Judd will join the cast of ABC's highly-anticipated new reality series, "I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here!," it was announced today. Producers of the new series also announced that the show is expanding the cast to ten celebrity participants. The 9th cast member will be actress/singer Maria Conchita Alonso ("Kingpin"). The 10th cast member will be announced shortly.

"We've got such a fantastic group of personalities who've decided to join the adventure, we've decided to mix it up even more and add two new celebrities," said John Saade, executive producer of the series.

"I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here!" will be broadcast live over an unprecedented 15 consecutive nights beginning WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 (10-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. The fresh, interactive series features celebrities as they leave behind their pampered lives for weeks of roughing it in a remote outpost of the inhospitable Australian rainforest. Based on the phenomenally successful British hit of the same name, the series will let American viewers on the other side of the globe vote to control the action via the phone and the internet.

In addition to Judd, the cast includes international sex symbol and famed model Tyson Beckford; sassy TV host "Downtown" Julie Brown; Olympic champion and successful business entrepreneur Bruce Jenner; the man who coined the phrase "champagne wishes and caviar dreams," Robin Leach; Hollywood scion and fashion critic-of-the-stars Melissa Rivers; actress Alana Stewart (former wife of rocker Rod Stewart and actor George Hamilton); and Howard Stern's infamous radio cohort, Stuttering John. Standup comic/improv performer John Lehr will be the host.

"I'm a Celebrity -- Get Me Out Of Here!" is produced by Granada Entertainment USA. John Saade and Natalka Znak are executive producers; Richard Cowles is producer of the series.