The Only Way Is Essex’s James ‘Arg’ Argent has been eliminated from Channel 4’s The Jump on a night which saw a raft of new injuries.
Arg recorded the lowest air jump on the night. He leaped bum first to a height of 8.06m, which was shy of Brian McFadden’s 9.41, Sid Owen’s 9.04 and Mark-Francis Vandelli’s 9.09. Arg said his mum would be pleased he was leaving the competition. And you can see why, with the ‘save me’ jumps all but an aside to a night of bumps, bruises and exiting celebs.
It was actually only Arg and Brian who jumped live on the show, with Sid and Mark-Francis using pre-recorded leaps after being injured in tonight’s Snow Cross challenge. Sid saw a medic and revealed he had ripped quads. Mark-Francis is now carrying a sprain and why McFadden jumped live he’d been out of breath on the Snow Cross and struggled to finish. Linford Christie didn’t even take part in the race because he’d already pulled his hamstring. It remains to be seen whether they’ll all be cleared to continue in the show after tonight. The medics are certainly working overtime.
Tonight’s second show saw also the arrival of The Wanted’s Tom Parker who’s had to step in because actress Tina Hobley has also injured herself in jump training. After competing last year, Heather Mills has also returned to the series to take the spot exited by former Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington who dislocated her shoulder. Former Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle is also in hospital having an operation on her back after a nasty fall in training.
A replacement for Beth wasn’t announced tonight, although some viewers on Twitter thought they spotted Judy Finnigan in the crowd, which could signal the return of Chloe Madeley who competed last year. Although former Hollyoaks actress Gemma Merna has been training as a replacement, so may be next to be called in. Former EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton, who was eliminated last week, is still an option, although she was already carrying a hand injury so may seek the comfort of watching from the sidelines.
Phew. Perhaps next year they’ll have a bash at ‘The Shuffleboard’ instead?
The Jump continues Sundays on Channel 4