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Corrie's Sean faces up to his phobias in fight to win I'm A Celebrity

Corrie's Antony Cotton has revealed he has undergone hypnotherapy to help conquer his fears ahead of entering I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

The 36-year-old is one of 10 contestants heading into the jungle, including comedian Freddie Starr, US actress Stefanie Powers and The Only Way Is Essex's Mark Wright.

And McFly bassist Dougie Poynter (23) will be giving his bandmate -- Strictly Come Dancing's Harry Judd -- a run for his money by taking part in his own show, as he too heads into the jungle.

The line-up, which also includes former jockey Willie Carson and ex-Emmerdale star Lorraine Chase, was officially revealed today.

Cotton, who plays Sean Tully in Coronation Street, said he has had treatment to help him cope with the horrors he will have to face.

"I have a morbid fear of flying, I don't like heights and I am claustrophobic.

"I have had hypnotherapy and I have also been to therapy to face my fears," he said.

The show returns on Sunday with the contestants all heading into the Australian jungle to face an array of bugs and challenges over the next three weeks.

Starr (68) has undergone surgery following a heart attack in recent months but did not foresee any problems. "It will be fine," he said.

"I am not going to lie. I am doing this to raise my profile. I want to get my profile up and anyone who says anything different is lying."

Powers, 69, who is best known for her TV series Hart To Hart alongside Robert Wagner, has also had health problems after being treated for lung cancer.

But she said: "This is a wonderful opportunity to show there is life after cancer."

This year show bosses have opted for an older profile for the series -- again hosted by Ant and Dec, who have just signed a new two-year deal with ITV -- with four of the contestants in their 60s.

Chase (60) said she wanted to take part to challenge herself as she got older.

Each year, the stars have had to face a range of grisly tasks which have included eating testicles and eyeballs, as well as having cockroaches, spiders and rats crawling over them.

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