Every year the I’m A Celebrity campmates head into the jungle and are very honest about what they’re afraid of. Haven’t they learned? We all get on the phone and vote them into the very trial that contains their worst nightmare (we’re a mean bunch. They enjoy the sun, we enjoy the power).
So as they pack their bags and head into camp, here’s what each celebrity is really not looking forward to…
Hang on, we’ve got a sensible one straight out of the gate. “There is no point saying you hate spiders as the next thing you know, you will be banged up with them!” says the newsreader. “I am allergic to cats, but there aren’t any in the jungle!”
On joining the show he says he’s a “frightful snob and perhaps it’s time for me to take myself less seriously”. But he’s going to miss booze. “I am not sure I have been three weeks without a drink since I was a teenager!”
“I hate snakes, spiders, all the animals you find in there.” Oh dear, this is what we were talking about Jimmy. “I am petrified of animals and I am determined not to refuse the trials. But there again, if lasagna is put in front of me rather than a cockroach, then it’s going to be hard to turn the lasagna down.”
But the former Wigan player says he’s looking for a new challenge to fill the football void and says, “There won’t be any boring times as I will make sure there isn’t.”
The Coronation Street actor say he hasn’t got any phobias but “doesn’t like the look of” the eating trials. “I turned 50 this year and I thought I should do it now while I can still parachute in!”
And Craig is expecting this year to be harder. “Last year was a well fed show and I know they are going to make it tougher. A hungry camp is an exciting camp!”
Gemma’s got a few worries: “Claustrophobia, every single creepy crawly. I just have to see an animal and I jump!”
The TOWIE star adds, “Every time I think about going in the jungle I get very, very nervous. I get stomach cramps, I feel sick. Even talking about it scares me.
“I’ve only got to see an animal on TV and I start screaming… this is all completely out of my comfort zone, I do however believe you have to grow in life,” Gemma adds. Hopefully Joey Essex talked to her about “confrontating” her fears, eh?
Carl Fogarty MBE
“I am not fond of heights, but lack of food, boredom and people are the three things I hate most,” says one of the world’s legendary motorbike drives. Oh, oh. We’re ready for the fireworks as he adds, “I am not a people person. I like my own company and I like my own space.”
“There is a big part of me that is saying ‘You can’t do that’ but I am definitely at a stage in my life where I want to give it a go.”
Top of model and singer Nadia’s list of fears are “creepy crawlies, heights, the dark. I’ve made no secret of my fears!” But Nadia has a plan. “It’s a case of mind over matter and I am going to have to imagine I am not in my body when I am doing it all! You are going to a situation where you are not doing it for yourself. You are part of a team.”
And it seems Nadia will keep the team cheery. “I can chat all day long. I do like hearing stories. I will be talking to people and who knows, maybe I will conduct a sing-song around the campfire!”
Vicki Michelle MBE
‘Allo ‘Allo actress Vicki hopes she won’t be saying hello to any snakes and spiders. “My daughter is scared of spiders and I have always said that I must be braver than her. I do think you are a braver person as you get older.”
Although she adds, “Having them all over you will be a different ball game. They are, however, only creatures – and I need to get that into my head.” Convinced? We hope she is!
Another one who knows how to play the game already, Tinchy says, “I don’t want to say anything to jinx myself.” The singer, who recently released a charity single with the Chuckle Brothers says, “I like challenges. I like doing things you don’t expect from me. It’s going to be really nice for people to see me as me.”
“Heights, claustrophobia – all that is required out in Australia” is worrying this TV presenter. Hopefully her co-star and former jungle campmate Gino D’Acampo has given her some tips.
“It will be a testing time for me,” she admits, adding “But I know myself well enough not to put myself in a situation I can’t handle.
“I don’t like being hungry, but it is an experiment and it’s a great adventure.”
Kendra is in for a shock as she reveals she’s never watched the show before. “People are telling me about it”.
“I decided I wanted to do it as I needed a shake up in my life,” she adds but says she’s a “complete wuss”.
“You are all in for a treat. I don’t know what I am capable of doing but I am afraid of free falling. I quit Splash! because I couldn’t dive off a 3m board. I am afraid of bugs and snakes but I can’t tell you yet if I have a phobia of them. I do think I am brave to have even signed my name on the papers [of the show]! It’s going to be a case of mind over matter.”
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! returns Sunday 16th November at 9:00pm on ITV
PLUS: we want you to vote for your favourite jungle winner in our I’m A Celebrity champion of champions poll