Monday 29 May 2017

I'm A Celebrity stages its own presidential election

Maths whiz Carol Vorderman won a counting challenge
Maths whiz Carol Vorderman won a counting challenge

Jungle reality show I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! opened with its own presidential election, inviting viewers to vote for a camp president and vice president.

Fans of the show have been asked to use the ITV programme's app to select a celebrity to have the first go at being the boss of the camp, choosing how to dish out chores to their fellow contestants.

As presenters Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly explained the vote, Donnelly said: "Don't worry, they haven't got any nuclear codes and they're not going to build a wall between the camp and the rest of Australia."

Sunday night's was the debut episode in the 16th series of the programme, which saw mathematician Carol Vorderman, Diversity dancer Jordan Banjo, Emmerdale actor Adam Thomas, comedian Joel Dommett, dancer Ola Jordan, Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt, actor Larry Lamb, ex-footballer Wayne Bridge, radio presenter Lisa Snowdon and Olympic hockey player Sam Quek enter the Australian jungle.

Vorderman, Banjo, Thomas, Dommett and Jordan were asked to choose a celebrity from the remaining five to be paired with before they met in person, with each half of every celebrity couple then trying to do well enough in a challenge to win their partner immunity from the first bushtucker trial.

The five pickers were made to walk a plank suspended 334 feet in the air from the roof of a Gold Coast hotel and try to estimate as close to 60 seconds as possible standing at the end of it.

Unsurprisingly, maths whiz Vorderman won and said: "It would have been very embarrassing if I didn't get the closest to 60 seconds, really embarrassing."

Meanwhile, Snowdon, Bridge and Quek jumped out of a plane with the aim of skydiving as close as possible to a marker on the ground, while Lamb and Moffatt had to canoe into the jungle and hoist a flag as quickly as possible.

Moffatt struggled with the task as her canoe sank, leaving her clinging to a raft in the water as Lamb dove back in to get her.

She said: "He's not like your average 70-year-old, he's superhuman.

"I've had to be saved by Larry Lamb because I can't swim, I'll never live this down."

Celebrity pairs Banjo and Moffatt, and Jordan and Quek, ended up failing each other, with all going through to the first bushtucker trial.

Vorderman, paired with Snowdon, Thomas with Lamb, and Dommett with Bridge all saved each other from the challenge.

McPartlin and Donnelly ended the episode by revealing that the first bushtucker trial would be the Tomb of Torment, where the contestants will have to lie down inside cramped tombs along with 120,000 rats, mealworms, spiders, crickets and cockroaches - the most to be used in one of the show's tasks.

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! continues on Monday night on ITV at 9pm.

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