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Cast for Costa Rica reality show announced

The U.S. television network NBC has announced the cast for its reality show “I´m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” and while Rod Blagojevich, former governor of the U.S. state of Illinois, will not be coming to Costa Rica, he was still playing a part.

The impeached Democrat had been seeking a role on the show, which will premiere June 1, until a judge last week barred him from leaving the country due to bond restrictions imposed following federal corruption charges. Blagojevich, however, will still participate in promotion for the reality show.

According to a news release from NBC, cast members for the show will include Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt of MTV´s “The Hills,” former NBA basketball player turned TV personality John Salley, model Janice Dickinson, former contestant of the “reality” song contest “American Idol” Sanjaya Malakar, actor Stephen Baldwin and professional wrestler Torrie Wilson.

Additional contestants and the show´s hosts will be announced soon, said NBC, which is partnering with MTV for casting, production and programming for the show.

Billed as “the ultimate Swiss Family Robinson” by NBC, the show will follow 10 contestants who are dropped into the jungle and forced to rely on survival skills. Contestants will have to undergo a series of challenges and tasks, and viewers will decide which celebrities get booted off each episode. The final winner will be crowned “King or Queen of the Jungle” and will take home a cash prize for his or her favorite charity.

Although the network has not confirmed exactly where and when the show will be filmed in Costa Rica, all signs point to the northern Caribbean slope region of Sarapiquí.

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