Another series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here is underway. Though I promised myself I would not watch the jungle reality show, I was unfortunately forced to tune in by a friend who is still harbouring a teenage crush on Dougie from McFly, who is taking part this year. However, if she was expecting some sparkling wit and interesting conversation from Dougie she was out of luck – he said about five words the whole episode and spent most of the time lying in a hammock swatting flies off his arm. Why he is even in there is a mystery to me. Every celebrity must fear the day their agent suggests that they sign up for this show, as it means their career is either over or has hit a major rough patch. The show could be done for false advertising with the title, as it suggests that the people in the jungle are actually famous. While I don’t claim to be an expert on every celebrity, if I have to turn to Google to find out who people are whilst I watch, something is very wrong.
Amongst the “famous” people in the jungle are 80s pop star Sinnita (well, can you call her a pop star? She only had two songs that I can think of). Sinnita is now known for being Simon Cowell’s judging assistant on X Factor, though she spent most of her time on the show fanning herself and making headlines for her ridiculous outfit choices. Also in the jungle is Pat Sharp, famous for 90s kids show Fun House, a soap star and a whole host of other people that I had never heard of. It really says something when the most well-known person on the show is Mark Wright from TOWIE.
Despite volunteering to take part in this charade, the “celebrities” seem to be constantly complaining when they have to complete any tasks. Have they not watched the show before? Did they not know they would be expected to eat creepy crawlies and jump into a pit of snakes? The public decided to make Sinnita complete some Bushtucker Trials this week, and she spent most of the time freaking out whilst presenters Ant and Dec looked on in amusement and making cringe-worthy jokes.
And as if the celebrities didn’t have enough to worry about with the snakes, spiders and other jungle inhabitants, now Peter Andre is rumoured to be going in to join them. Peter was one of the success stories of the show after he saw his profile rise dramatically after going into the jungle in 2004. Now he has arrived in Brisbane to appear on the ITV2 behind the scenes show, imaginatively entitled I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here Now. The only thing worse than the actual show itself is the ITV2 companion show.
Peter this week revealed that he may return for a day or so to shake things up in camp. However, he realises he may have some competition in the form of Mark Wright. “He’s the younger generation.” Pete said. “He’s a good looking bloke and he’s probably 15 years younger than me. I can’t compete.”
Let’s just hope that Peter doesn’t start treating the campers to his “singing talents”! That really would be enough to drive them over the edge.
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