Sinitta: “The Jump is actually worse than the jungle”

“I keep doing these stupid shows and being rubbish. So there’s part of me that does think, ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing if I pull this off?’” says Sinitta


Sinitta’s been there done that and got the reality TV show t-shirt, but she’s giving it another go in Channel 4’s The Jump. Sinitta hopes after braving the ice and the jungle, this winter sport-themed show could be the right challenge for her.


“I keep doing these stupid shows and being rubbish,” Sinitta jokes to as she readies herself to take on a host of winter sports challenges, including speed skating, bobsleigh and ski jumping.

Indeed, Sinitta was the first to be voted out of Dancing on Ice in 2010. Plus she was the second celebrity to leave the jungle in 2011’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

Sinitta explains, “I’m competitive now. I do have expectations because I’ve achieved a few things. Now I think, I can do this if I pay attention. I don’t want to get over confident but I’ve really surprised myself. So now there’s part of me that does thing, ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing if I pull this off?’.”

But it’s not all plain sailing this ski jumping lark. “It is like hurtling to your death”, Sinitta admits.

And while Sinitta didn’t seem to be at home in the Australian jungle – spending her first night screaming in a cave wrapped in a bed sheet – the 80s pop star insists this challenge is worse.

“At least in the jungle it’s things you know what they are. You don’t like them, but you know what they are. With this, it’s that crazy fear where you’re speeding off, and if you lose control you don’t know what’s going to happen to you, so you feel really terrified,” Sinitta explains.

Even the jump itself, which takes place in Austria, was a bit of a surprise for Sinitta. “They mentioned ski jumping but it wasn’t the major focus of the show. It was called Alpine Games. Then we were told the new working title was The Jump. We were sort of already involved.”

But there’s confidence behind those nerves. “When you accomplish it, it’s the best feeling in the world. I’m going to be able to ski and jump and do all of these things. I’ve already done more than I ever dreamed I would be able to do.”

The Jump runs for ten nights from January 26 on Channel 4 and is hosted by Davina McCall and Alex Brooker