Jungle fever takes hold for I’m A Celebrity stars
FROM a pop diva to one of our Olympic greats, an eclectic batch of familiar faces have made their way into the South African jungle as series three of I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! kicked off tonight.
They'll spend up to six weeks camping without any of life's luxuries and living off a staple diet of beans and rice, competing in various challenges in a bid to make it through and ultimately win $100,000 for their chosen charity.
Channel Ten has gone to great lengths to keep the identities of the 10 celebrities a secret with each star allocated a biscuit name as a code.
"It is a really fantastic, strong, outspoken but fabulous cast and I can't wait to start ripping into them," host Julia Morris told News Corp.
"It is like standing next to an open window, I don't know what day it is half the time. I just get so excited that someone would have the foresight to choose so many awesome people."
Co-host Chris Brown said: "They are great to look at but they are also interesting. The topics of conversation are going to stretch from Mensa stuff to the very basic."
Charity: Starlight Foundation
I'm not good with confrontation at all. I will run away or just sit there. It actually brings on anxiety so I'm not too good with confrontation but I'm here for new experiences and maybe I will say something back really quick and sarcastic. I would come up with the perfect solution to that situation about two hours later. I am useless with those situations. Being in the jungle is going to be everything that will push me to my limits. I will cry. I will laugh. I will probably giggle to a tree. It is pushing those limits and giving me a chance at life.
Charity: Carrie's Beanies 4 Brain Cancer
A lot of people who have appeared on this show are either between engagements or are contractors and are able to free up a lot of time. Shane Warne had to stop playing poker for five minutes but I actually have to stop a national radio show that is on 56 stations and just happens to be number one in Sydney and Melbourne.
US Sitcom Star
Charity: Camp Del Corazon
I wish Russell Crowe was on the show because he is the kind of guy that could go either way, it could be a love-fest or you might end up fighting him. I am an outsider. I don't want to be the ugly American, although I literally am the ugly American. When they ask me if I have a fear of heights or being buried alive, of course but I will try everything.
Charity: Beyond Blue
My routine life is pretty much the same every day. I am a big believer that if you don't take yourself out of your comfort zone, you won't improve and grow and become a better person. I am really quite a larrikin, I take the mickey out of myself daily. That is the biggest thing I feel like no one has seen yet. I am a bit of a grub really. At home I wear my track pants and I have always got food on myself. I am just not the polished character that everyone sees so I am sort of acting every time I am at work.
Charity: N.I.C.K Foundation
I am unemployed, so I've got nothing else to do. The only advantage I guess I would say is every day for work for the last 15 years I've had to deal with 45 different personalities in a locker room. I like to have a good time but I don't think I'm necessarily a trouble maker or anything like that. I haven't come on this show to raise my profile, in fact I would like to decrease my profile. I don't particularly want any more attention on myself, which sounds pretty stupid coming on a show like this. It is something for me that I wanted to do.
Charity: Beyond Blue
I have this thing called Misophonia and it is a legitimate disease or ailment. It is the hatred of sound, swallowing, chewing, sniffing, coughing, breathing, legitimately makes me furious. If you are going to crunch on your food or sip your tea, it really pisses me off.
Charity: Aussie Helpers
I have to be careful because I am quite opinionated and I certainly won't put up with anyone who is being mean to someone. People think because you are an Olympian, you must be really tough. I am a pussy cat. I am a crybaby. I am a bit of a walkover sometimes.
Charity: SISTER2sister - Life Changing Experiences Foundation
I can't throw up. For example, if I've had a night on the alcohol and I'm a bit hung-over, I don't throw up, I am sick the whole day, it just doesn't come out. How am I going to handle the food challenges if I can't bring it up? I've always said to my husband, I never want to do one of those reality shows where everyone sees you 24/7. I don't want anyone seeing me at my worst but I guess you're going to see everything right.
To be honest, most people have issues with Islam when they have never really met a Muslim. Hopefully if people like me in camp, the whole Islam thing is not even a thing. For me the whole non-Muslim thing isn't a thing. I am happy to be friends with whoever. Hopefully they will like me. One of the reasons I like this show is you actually get to see real Australians from all different backgrounds, sexual orientations, religious beliefs and experiences and age groups come together and genuinely talk about their different lives.
Charity: Touched By Olivia
Ultimately I am not a celebrity, I am a father first and therefore my job is to make sure that I provide for my family. Sometimes opportunities arise and they may not be in a package that you quite like but you've just got to take it. I don't suffer fools gladly. I am 6'1 and 120 kilos so you have to be really careful about how you approach stuff because immediately people go on the defensive. I am really lucky because when people mention my name I am normally mentioned in a kinder light.
*The journalist is in South Africa as a guest of Channel Ten.