The Circle’s Duncan James’s secret game plan with Denise van Outen exposed

Duncan James, of Blue fame, was sadly the first celebrity to be booted off The Celebrity Circle this week.

But the singer has now revealed that despite a short time getting to know the other contestants via the Circle’s chat system, he may have been one of the only ones to do a sneaky team-up with another player.

Speaking on Steph’s Packed Lunch today, the reality star told presenter Steph McGovern that he has known Denise van Outen for so long and the pair are such good friends, it seemed like a no-brainer.

When Steph suggested he and Denise had sussed each other out quite early, Duncan revealed: "Yeah she’s a really good mate of mine we’ve always been friends and I’ve known her for 27 years.

"We always used to call each other Dunc and Den so when we said that to each other [at first greeting] I knew straight away I just knew it was really her."

"We had a bit of a game plan," the guest then shared cheekily. "We said we were going to look after each other and watch each other’s backs.

"But that obviously didn’t last long!"

The former pop star admitted the whole experience of watching the show back was "weird" though, because the group of celebrities filmed everything last year.

"So much happens and I think oh yeah I forgot about that or I forgot about the headline – that someone had soiled themselves on telly and yeah it was me – thanks for that Circle, letting everyone know who it was!" the embarrassed star laughed.

"We’d all been in lockdown for so long it was so nice to go in there," he went on, before going on to share that while he’d initially wanted to be a catfish, his request was turned down by show bosses.

"They said 'Why don’t you do you instead?'

"I was nervous because I’ve never been on reality shows before so I don’t really know what that is," Duncan carried on.

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"But I just went in there and just tried to be honest and real, which probably went against me because I was the first one booted off!"

The star went on that when he knew it was between him and Denise however, he was certain it was his turn to go, as Saffron [Barker] didn’t actually know who he was.

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While his time on The Celebrity Circle is over, Duncan is hopeful he and Denise will be able to return to their cabaret production team-up in May.

When it came to the possibility of a Blue reunion though, the singer didn't seem hopeful – as he claimed there's been a real "baby boom" in the group at the moment and Covid has been halting a lot of things.

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