Christine McGuinness, Olivia Attwood and Max George lead stars battling it out in ITV’s The Games

Christine McGuinness, Olivia Attwood and Max George are among the crop of celebrities battling it out in ITV’s new sporting event The Games.

12 familiar faces have undergone weeks of intensive training ready to go head-to-head in a range of sporting challenges, across a week of live shows amidst fierce competition.

All have been pulled out of their comfort zones to be coached as athletes, swimmers and cyclists, to compete in the hope of coming top of the medals table and being crowned the winner.

Also taking part in the series is former Strictly star Kevin Clifton, ex-Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas, newsreader Lucrezia Millarini, musician and TV star Wes Nelson and Emmerdale actor Rebecca Sarker.

Rounding out the cast is model Phoenix Brown, song writer Chelcee Grimes and Harry Potter actor Josh Herdman.

Hosted live by Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff, The Games will also see former professional footballer and presenter Alex Scott as trackside reporter and former professional football player and presenter Chris Kamara as commentator.

The six male and six female competitors will battle it out in the athletics arena, the swimming pool, gymnasium and velodrome.

Line-up: 12 familiar faces have undergone weeks of intensive training ready to go head-to-head in a range of sporting challenges, across a week of live shows amidst fierce competition

Line-up: 12 familiar faces have undergone weeks of intensive training ready to go head-to-head in a range of sporting challenges, across a week of live shows amidst fierce competition

Presenters: Hosted live by Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff, The Games will also see former professional footballer and presenter Alex Scott as trackside reporter and former professional football player and presenter Chris Kamara as commentator

Presenters: Hosted live by Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff, The Games will also see former professional footballer and presenter Alex Scott as trackside reporter and former professional football player and presenter Chris Kamara as commentator

Each will put their sporting prowess to the test in events from the 100-meter sprint to diving, racking up points on the medals table.

As well as live coverage of the events, each episode will feature the celebrities’ preparation as they’re taught the sports from scratch by some of the UK’s top coaches.

They will aim to reach their peak physical condition through their grueling training program leading up to the competition.

As the leader board takes shape with each night, the series will culminate in an exhilarating final showdown in which one male champion and one female champion will be crowned.

Star: Holly will be co-hosting the series which comes shortly after she fronted fellow action series Freeze The Fear with Wim Hof

Star: Holly will be co-hosting the series which comes shortly after she fronted fellow action series Freeze The Fear with Wim Hof

In December, The Sun claimed that Christine was being lined-up for the series.

A source said: ‘The makers of The Real 2022 Games are casting the stars at the moment and they have been in discussions with Christine about the possibility of her taking part.

‘The show will see stars competing in a series of Olympic sports including the javelin and synchronized swimming.

‘As a character, Christine has such an interesting back story as a working mum to three children with autism, and bosses know that viewers would relate to her.’

Challenge: They will aim to reach their peak physical condition through their grueling training program leading up to the competition

Challenge: They will aim to reach their peak physical condition through their grueling training program leading up to the competition

Limelight: Olivia found fame on the third series of Love Island and later joined the cast of TOWIE

Limelight: Olivia found fame on the third series of Love Island and later joined the cast of TOWIE

Meanwhile, Mark Wright reportedly left ITV bosses ‘furious’ after pulling out of the reality show by text at the eleventh hour.

The former TOWIE star, 35, had already filmed scenes for the program when he claimed he was ‘too busy to take part’ in a quick message to ‘gobsmacked’ producers, according to insiders.

A source told The Sun: ‘Mark’s excuse was that he was basically going to be too busy to commit, which to some feels absolutely incredulous given he’d already committed to filming.

‘Those working on the show aren’t sure what’s harder to swallow, the fact he dropped out last minute or the fact he decided to send a text rather than a call in the first instance.’

The Games starts Monday 9th May at 9pm on ITV.

Coming soon: The Games starts Monday 9th May at 9pm on ITV

Coming soon: The Games starts Monday 9th May at 9pm on ITV

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