Martin Kemp is to take part in 'Celebrity Island'.

Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp

The Spandau Ballet star will be put through his paces by TV adventurer Bear Grylls on the Channel 4 show and is looking forward to the "challenge" of having to survive with nothing but basic tools and the clothes on his back.

A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "Martin jumped at the chance to do this.

"He loves a challenge. But he's also aware this is a very big challenge indeed."

The 'Let It Shine' judge flew out to Panama for training days and he and the rest of the contestants, which include 'Love Island' star Montana Brown, 'The Only Way Is Essex's Pete Wicks, ex-'Emmerdale' actress Roxanne Pallett, model Jo Wood, and Julia Roberts' brother Eric, will be dropped on the desert island later today (02.05.18).

Last year's celebrity special saw the likes of Lucy Mecklenburgh, Ryan Thomas and Iwan Thomas battle through to survive the four weeks on the island, while their camp mates Sharron Davies, RJ Mitte, Jordan Stephens and Mark Watson all walked.

Despite the harsh conditions and lack of food leading the tempers flying, a romance blossomed between Lucy and Ryan - and the couple are still together now.

In 2016, 'Made in Chelsea's Ollie Locke came under fire after he stabbed a crocodile to death because him and his camp mates were so desperate for food.

Ollie's former 'MIC' cast mate Lucy Watson - who is an animal activist and long-time vegan - tweeted at the time: "I think there are better ways of raising money for charity than killing a caiman for entertainment. Especially when you can afford food."

Channel 4 released a statement stating that "those on the island received training on how to kill animals humanely and this was utilised properly in each instance."

'Bear Grylls' Celebrity Island' is set to return to screens in the autumn on Channel 4.