For those who are not familiar with the show, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of here! is a reality TV series and competition in which 8-12 celebrities are dropped (literally) into the Australian jungle where they have to not only battle all the elements of living the in great outdoors, but also complete a series of gruesome tasks in order to win food and home comforts.
The show first graced British TV screens in 2002 and was immediately popular. Two of our best loved presenters Ant and Dec (aka PJ and Duncan!) host the show with their trademark charm and cheek and each week a celebrity gets voted to take the bush tucker trial. The bush tucker trials can involve anything from having to lie in a darkened coffin with hundreds of live rats, putting your hands into snakes nests, wheeling a shopping trolley across a tight rope with a deathly drop either side, or, a personal favourite,which was the sad fate of Brian Harvey: being challenged to get the stars (which translate to meals) from cream pies with his mouth…while stuck in a tube as a million flies were tipped on his head. Nice.
The show originated in Britain and the idea has since been adopted by several other countries each coming up with their own gruesome versions! France, Germany, India, Sweden, The Netherlands and even the grand of US of A have now all got their own varieties of the show up and running. I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of here! was originally created by Granada Television it is now a firm faviourite on ITV’s programming agenda.
The show takes place in a camp situated just on the edge of a sub-tropical rain forest that is part of both the Numinbah Nature Reserve and Pringbrook National Park in Australia. Well known for it’s not so hospital creepy crawlies there will no doubt be a plethora of truly stomach turning food trials and hide-behind-the-cushion-unable-to-quite-watch–it moments.
As well as all the gore, the celebrities themselves always provide a good old dose of entertainment too.
With the increasing pressures of living without their usual luxuries tempers can become frayed. Similarly heat-warming friendships, and sometimes even romances can blossom before someone is crowned king or queen of the jungle!
Now who is going to be in the mix this year is what everybody is talking about. Last year’s series saw ITV manage to bag some great household names such as Olympian Fatima Whitbread, former TOWIE star turned TV presenter Mark Wright and pop band sensation My Fly’s lovable Dougie Poynter (who incidentally was crowned jungle king of the 2012 series).
This year rumours are already flying which suggest this could be the biggest and most star studded year yet.Those on the shortlist are Coronation Street Star and a recent name splashed all over the press, Michael Le Vell. Footballer Michael Owen has also apparently been asked and is said to be keen if the money is right! Then there is sassy Luisa Zissman –runner up in this years Apprentice. Emmerdale actress Lucy Pargeter is also looking a likely candidate.
The biggest names to come out of the rumour mill are US socialite Kim Kardashian and her sister Klhoe. Hugely popular in the US with their hit show ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ the sisters are no strangers to reality TV. However their lifestyle of glamorous magazine shoots, lavish shopping trips, private helicopter rides and holidays in some of the most beautiful parts of the globe are a far cry from the no showers, no roof, no personal chef lifestyle they would be faced with if they agreed to take part. However with ITV set to reveal all in the coming weeks whoever they decide to bring in this year’s series there will be plenty to keep viewers entertained with live action, the spin off show ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!..Now’, and the exciting I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! competition. There is no doubt that the show is sure to be a another fantastic success.
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