The Jump: Singer Joe McElderry and journalist Donal MacIntyre on standby

Twelve celebrities to take on Channel 4 ski challenge, with two more stars waiting in the wings


Channel 4’s winter reality show The Jump starts tonight and Joe McElderry and Donal MacIntyre are in Austria as standby competitors. 


2009’s X Factor champ McElderry and investigative journalist MacIntyre have been training alongside the other competing celebrities and will step in if needed. 

And by ‘if needed’ this could mean a whole host of things. Someone could be injured or perhaps decide they are far too frightened to take part. Having visited the jump myself, I can safely say I’d be in the latter category. 

Injury has already played a part in the celebrity line-up, with actor Sam Jones – aka Flash Gordon – forced out due to a shoulder injury

Jones told me: “I celebrated a little too early”, adding that he was asking a 60-year-old body to do what 40-year-olds do.

In addition, socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson pulled out of the show during initial training saying the show “wasn’t for her”. 

Former reserves have already taken their place in the main show in the form of TV presenter Laura Hamilton and 5ive star Ritchie Neville

Joe McElderry seems to be quite enjoying himself. Rather than tweeting messages of sheer terror, he shared the rather chirpy message that he’d just bumped into competing star Amy Childs. And posted a happy snap of himself after falling down the ice run.

MacIntyre joins in The Jump Twitter chat and it seems the bends on speed skating are getting him.

And it looks like his wife has an idea to help out The Jump stars – turning to Star Wars for inspiration:

Will McElderry and MacIntyre be called up, or will the current line-up of stars all successfully take to the jump?

Fingers crossed for them all!

The Jump starts tonight 8:00pm on Channel 4 and is hosted by Davina McCall and Alex Brooker


Picture via Joe McElderry Twitter