Anne Hegerty has spilled all on her The Chase co-star Jenny Ryan’s journey to X Factor: Celebrity.
Jenny will be going head-to-head with Megan McKenna, V5 and Max and Harvey in the show’s finale.
In an exclusive chat with Daily Star Online, the I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! favourite, 61, revealed her surprise that Jenny, 37, hasn’t been signed up for a record deal already, despite having done a few demos.
Speaking on behalf of herself and her The Chase co-stars, Anne said: “Yes, we all knew that she could sing. I mean everyone seems to have forgotten, it’s three years ago now, since we did ‘Let’s sing and dance for Comic Relief’ and we knew that our secret weapon was Jenny.
“And we were all slightly surprised that things didn’t take off or her after that.”
Anne continued: “I know she did a few demos and nothing much came of those. And she got panto at the last minute because someone dropped out. And we were sort of like, why aren’t people fighting to get her in panto?!
“Yeah so you know I think a lot of people who could have probably hired her for less, and signed a contract for less a couple of years ago – they’re going to be kicking themselves.”
Anne revealed she’ll be cheering Jenny on on Saturday night’s X Factor: Celebrity finale.
Anne divulged: “I’m absolutely going to be cheering her on, at some point I’m going to make her a little video saying go Jenny.”
The Governess also revealed that Jenny’s X Factor success has meant there is currently a bit of confusion about which chasers will be starring in which episodes for the new 2020 series of The Chase, as Jenny has had other filming commitments.
She explained: “We don’t yet know who’s recording what [The Chase] shows in January – at the moment we only know about half a dozen of them, and I’m sure that’s because they’re all waiting to see what happens this weekend.
“Because obviously if she gets signed up by Cowell, they’ll have to beg Cowell to spare her to do some shows.
“So it’s a question of waiting to see what she’s available for.”
X Factor: Celebrity finale airs tonight at 7.10pm on ITV