SAS: Who Dares Wins sign Jake Quickenden and James Cracknell as super-fit pair join the new series

SAS: Who Dares Wins has signed up James Cracknell and Jake Quickenden, The Sun Online can reveal.

The double Olympic gold medalist and X Factor singer will slip into camouflage and army boots when the celebrity spin-off returns to Channel 4 next year.

The pair are no strangers to beingput through their paces on the telly.

Jake, 32, camped in the jungle on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! back in 2014 and James, 48, took part in Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls in 2018.

Sources told The Sun Online that Channel 4 hopes to raise the bar with stronger stars next year, saying: "James and Jake are super-fit and should do well given their past pursuits in challenging TV shows. Bosses are keen to have people who won't collapse at the first hurdle."

One man certainly not afraid of a physical challenge is double Olympian, James.


And he'll hopefully get further on SAS: Who Dares Wins than on Strictly last year after being the first celeb to be booted off the show.

The former rower, who won gold at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic games has turned his hand to media work since retiring.

In 2006, together with Ben Fogle, Cracknell rowed the Atlantic in 49 days, 19 hours and 8 minutes.

The pair wrote a book, 'The Crossing: Conquering the Atlantic in the World's Toughest Rowing Race,' and featured in the BBC Two film "Through Hell and High Water".

The Sun Online has contacted their reps for comment.


It comes as The Sun Online revealed Gemma Collins turned down a spot on the Channel 4 series despite losing three stone in weight.

A source exclusively told us: "Channel 4 have been desperate to sign Gemma up for the next series as they know she would pull the viewers in and be a ratings hit.

"But she simply hasn't got the time and doesn't think camouflage and army boots are quite her style anyway."

The most recent series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins saw Gemma's former TOWIE co-star Joey Essex take part, alongside Katie Price and Brendan Cole.

However, none of them were champions as it was British Paralympic athlete Lauren Steadman and DJ Leon “Locksmith” Rolle who were crowned joint winners.

Presenter Helen Skelton and Joey Essex fell at the final hurdle when they failed the interrogation round.

The Sun revealed that Ollie Ollerton, ever present since the hit show launched in 2015 and integral to its success, is to be replaced in a diversity drive.

The military veteran formed part of the intimidating team of Directing Staff alongside chief DS Ant Middleton, Jason “Foxy” Fox and Mark “Billy” Billingham who pushed recruits — members of the public and celebrities — to their mental and physical limits in a series of military-style tests as part of the toughest show on TV.

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