The Only Way Is Essex 2018 cast revealed with some new faces

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The Only Way Is Essex 2018 cast will see some changes when the new series begins this evening.

It was previously revealed that a number of familiar faces wouldn't be returning this year.

Those said to be "not pulling their weight" face the axe, The Sun reported.

Chris Clark, Amber Dowding, and Mike Hassini are among those leaving. Jack Rigden, Jordan Brook, Maddie Hooper and Ruby Lacey will also not be returning as TOWIE 2018 cast members.

A spokesperson for TOWIE told the tabloid: “There are a number of cast who have mutually agreed their time on the show has come to a natural end for now.

“We wish them well and look forward to another exciting year ahead for Towie.”

Meanwhile, new cast will include Miss Great Britain Shelby Tribble who is dating Pete Wicks.

"Shelby is absolutely gorgeous and fits in perfectly with the cast," an insider said.

Shelby will be joined by her friend, glamour model Clelia Theodorou, who insiders say will "shake things up".

Alongside the new girls will be Jordan Wright, who previously dated Geordie Shore's Vicky Pattison and Dean Ralph, who is freinds with Tommy Mallet.

An insider told The Sun: “Dean is best mates with Tommy Mallet and Jordan knows a lot of the cast too.

“They’re very well known on the Essex scene so everyone’s expect them to be big new characters and there will no doubt be excitement amongst Towie’s single ladies, because both Dean and Jordan are single too.”

Last year, an insider explained of the changes: "The cast of the show is huge, and bosses are thinking they’ve got some people adding nothing to the show, while the rest of the cast bring huge storylines and loads of emotional, drama-packed scenes."

They added: “Producers want to reward the cast who make the show great, and get rid of the ones who don’t.”

TOWIE can prove a lucrative gig for those who appear regularly.

Apparently even minor stars of the ITVBe series can make as much as £10,000 a month outside of the show thanks to advertising and sponsorship deals.

TOWIE begins on Sunday, 9PM on ITVBe.

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