JOey Essex

Joey and Sam in happier times

Sam Faiers is set to surprise her ex-boyfriend Joey Essex by joining the jungle.

Bosses are plotting to fly the TOWIE star out to Australia, just as Joey’s romance with model Amy Willerton appears to be heating up.

A source said, ‘They’re really keen to get her, as Joey and Amy’s friendship looks set to develop into more. So Sam turning up will throw a spanner in the works. It will be a nightmare for Joey, which means TV gold. There’ll be tension. Who wants an ex there when you’re chatting up someone?’

Joey, 23, has already emerged as an early favourite to win the series – and will compete in another Bushtucker Trial tonight opposite Matthew Wright. His flirtation with Amy has led his fellow camp mates to complain that watching them flirt was like ‘watching porn’.

Someone get Sam in there quick!

By Sarah Morton