The Gypsy King will offer his own insight and opinion on the performances of a line up of celebrity athletes, including Manchester stars Ryan Thomas and Max George, competing for medals in the new show, which will be shown every night this week on ITV from 9pm.
The Manchester boxer leads a stellar list of famous sport stars making guest appearances on the show each night, including Olympic gold medallists Denise Lewis OBE (heptathlon, 2000 Olympic Games) and Matty Lee (synchronised diving 2020 Olympics), who will appear with him on tonight’s show.
On Tuesday, double Olympic champion Tom Dean MBE (200m and 4x200m freestyle swimming, 2020 Olympics), Olympic silver medallist Leon Taylor (diving, 2004 Olympics) will appear, followed on Wednesday by Hollie Arnold MBE (first javelin throw to hold all four major titles in same four year cycle: Rio Paralympics 2016, World Record 2016, World Championships 2017 and World Record 2017) along with her coach David Arnold.
On Thursday, Dame Sarah Storey DBE (28 Paralympic medals, including 17 gold, 29 times World Champion in swimming and cycling), before appearances, on Friday’s final show, from ex-England footballer, Jermaine Jenas and double Olympic champion Daley Thompson CBE (decathlon 1980 and 1984 Olympics).
The Games is brand new to ITV and will see twelve super-fit celebrities battling it out in a sporting spectacular event across a week of live programmes.
TV presenter Olivia Attwood, influencer and model Phoenix Brown, ex-Strictly pro and leading man Kevin Clifton, pop star Max George, song writer Chelcee Grimes, Harry Potter actor Josh Herdman, author, model and autism ambassador Christine McGuinness, Coronation Street actor Colson Smith, newsreader Lucrezia Millarini, musician and TV star Wes Nelson, Emmerdale actor Rebecca Sarker and actor Ryan Thomas, will go head-to-head in a range of sporting challenges.
The 12 familiar faces have undergone weeks of intensive training ready for a range of challenges, across a week of live shows.
All have been pulled out of their comfort zones to be coached as athletes, swimmers and cyclists, to compete in the hope of coming top of the medals table and being crowned the winner of the competition.
Hosted live by Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff, The Games will also see former professional footballer and presenter Alex Scott as trackside reporter and former professional football player and presenter Chris Kamara as commentator.
The six male and six female competitors will battle it out in the athletics arena, the swimming pool, gymnasium and velodrome. Each will put their sporting prowess to the test in events from the 100-metre sprint to diving, racking up points on the medals table.
As well as live coverage of the events, each episode will feature the celebrities’ preparation as they’re taught the sports from scratch by some of the UK’s top coaches.
Following their gruelling training programme leading up to the competition, as they aim to reach their peak physical condition.
As the leader board takes shape with each night, the series will culminate in an exhilarating final showdown in which one male champion and one female champion will be crowned.
The Games starts Monday 9th May at 9pm on ITV and ITV Hub.