I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

This Sunday, one of television’s most popular reality shows made a return on air. Forced to relocate due to coronavirus restrictions, this year’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is set to take place in Gwrych Castle in North Wales, as opposed to the Australian jungle. Athlete Sir Mo Farah, television presenter Vernon Kay and soap star Beverly Callard join classical singer Russell Watson, theatre star Ruthie Henshall, former Eastender Shane Richie, BBC Radio 1 DJ Jordan North, journalist and presenter Victoria Derbyshire, Paralympian athlete Hollie Arnold, actress Jessica Plummer, professional dancer AJ Pritchard and McFly star Tom Fletcher’s wife Giovanna Fletcher.

Long-time presenting duo Ant and Dec kicked off proceedings, with Dec saying: “I can’t tell you how excited we are to see you all here together finally. Welcome to the castle.” Ant continued, “Things are going to be a bit different this year. There’s no jungle obviously, there’s no dunny, there’s a privy [toilet] and I can guarantee you there’s absolutely no chance of sunbathing.” Dec then went on to add, “Some things will stay exactly the same. Some things will be reassuringly familiar. So you will live on a diet of rice and beans and you’ll do trials to win food for the camp.”

Pitted against the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, I’m a Celebrity drew an average audience of 10.9 million, which was more than two million more than the earlier BBC show. This year’s opening episode has also already between last year’s figures. In the previous year, around ten million viewers tuned in to watch the I’m a Celebrity launch show. Once on-demand and catch-up views were added to the total, that figure rose to 13.17 million. The first challenge to be forced on this year’s band of campmates was dubbed ‘The Gates to Hell.’ Campmates were locked in chambers and tasked with passing gold stars to one another, as a mixture of cockroaches, maggots and crickets was dropped on them from above.

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In a recent Instagram outburst, Gemma Atkinson, 34, snapped back at trolls targeting her parenting skills on the popular social media platform. The post in question simply read, “on your mark, get set, go f*** yourself,” as the new mother listed the range of criticisms and suggestions she’s received from online trolls. “She shouldn’t have a dummy. It’s not cold enough for a hat. I hope you’re breastfeeding. Get a proper pram. Can’t believe you wake her to feed…” were listed by the actress and radio host as she took the online trolls to task. In the post, she continued, “Above is just a small list of what’s been said to me on here since having Mia…So, to those people who seem to be the unqualified experts when it comes to being a mum, the above is for you,” in reference to the stark proclamation contained in the posted photo.

Gemma who is currently in a relationship with Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Gorka Marquez, announced news of her pregnancy on Instagram in February 2019. She gave birth to daughter Mia on the 4th of July. Gemma rose to prominence during her role of Lisa Hunter in the hit Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. In 2011, Gemma appeared as Tamzin in Casualty, making a limited number of appearances. In 2015, Gemma appeared on ITV soap Emmerdale as Carly Hope, playing the role for two years. Gemma’s portfolio also includes theatre appearances, film appearances, reality television and glamour modelling. She was famously dating footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, during the early part of his tenure at Manchester United. She met her current partner, Gorka Marquez, as the two worked closely together on the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing.