Christmas season has sprung upon us and with ITV, that means only one thing: I’m a celeb. Time to watch celebrities get cosy with a variety of insects, spiders and snakes and that’s just where they sleep at night! For three weeks our TV screens will be filled with the suffering of a group of celebrities as they endure unimaginable tasks, live on a diet of rice and beans and find out each others most inner secrets.
This year we see the show go on without Ant, half of the classic duo that makes I’m a celeb what it is. Although I initially watched with caution, in my opinion Holly Willoughby has settled in nicely into the jungle. Her more caring approach compliments Dec’s banterous humour. In previous years, Ant and Dec would undoubtedly laugh at the celebrities which cruelly tickled the audiences humour. But this year Holly offers sympathy for the poor celebrity undertaking the challenge. Unfamiliar with the process, she reacts in a more sensitive manner and this contrast with Dec is just as funny.
My favourites so far:
John BarrowmanAs soon as I heard he was a contestant this year, I knew the actor/singer would bring joy into the jungle. Not only is John a dramatic sass queen but he’s got a heart of gold. Along with Nick Knowles, these two seem to do anything to please the group, from giving away their beds to Nick’s heart-warming pillow gesture to Anne. But it seems you can always rely on John to cheer you up. I mean, have you ever seen a more smiley man? Plus, who doesn’t want to see him slut drop on his way over the bridge? He’s definitely a likely winner with his team player attitude and his success in bringing home the bacon after he aced his task with 10/10 stars.
Fleur EastFleur is naturally going to be likeable, after coming second on previous reality show, The X Factor. Fleur is as crazy as her hair (which I absolutely love) and her excitable personality brings entertainment to the show. She’s also shown she’s fit and has nerves of steel in her green ant challenge.
Harry RedknappFor me, I just didn’t expect this ex Tottenham manager to be as funny as he’s been. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Harry Redknapp has become the nations favourite through his humour and his loving relationship with his wife of 54 years (a story which must have melted any women’s heart). He has filled the screens with his executive plans and ‘corkers of stories’. These comical anecdotes include the ‘nightmare’ moment of running over his wife in 2017. If the guy didn’t know how to look after himself before he arrived, he’s certainly showed his use in emptying the dunny. And gee did I feel bad for the guy, missing out on a jam roly poly from the dingo dollar challenge. Praying for you to win some spotted dick ‘Arry!
- It’s been encouraging to see how well everyone has looked after each other so far. Especially the camps support for Anne who has really struggled. Whilst we knew her as the Governess from the Chase, the show has caused her to openly talk about her autistic diagnosis. This awareness has been received positively with heartfelt messages from fans on social media.
- Rita’s dunny incident: I mean it’s natural, we all have to release and fart sometimes. But having your fellow campmates over hear as well as the whole country is probably not what you intended, but this was reality for poor Rita. Her incident caught on camera along with Fleur and James’ childish reaction had the audience in stitches.
- Sunken ship: A moment that cracked me up was when snake rocks canoe sunk in episode 1. Their laughable response was pure magic as they knew they’d already lost before they properly began. But Nick and John came to the rescue from Croc Creek; honestly what heroes.
Before last nights episode, I felt this year seemed free of any strong controversial personalities creating tension in the camp. Everyone seemed to have each-others back and I hoped it stay that way (corny I know). But this is ITV. And last night they threw in Noel Edmonds. Made Emperor of the camp, Noel’s purpose is to rattle some cages and John Barrowman certainly didn’t like to be told what to do. He may have shook the camp a little but the equilibrium hasn’t been upset too much. Mind you, it’s early days for these contestants with over 2 weeks still to go. Lots can happen in that amount of time….