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Tinchy's jungle rap class for Buerk


Michael Buerk has been given a lesson in rap

Michael Buerk has been given a lesson in rap

Michael Buerk has been given a lesson in rap

Newsreader Michael Buerk has been given a lesson in rap by his jungle campmate, chart star Tinchy Stryder.

The 68-year-old - who had looked set to walk out of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! at one stage - has been brushing up on a new skill after he explained he knew nothing about the music style.

His efforts come just weeks after fellow Radio 4 broadcaster John Humphrys tried his hand at hip hop when he appeared as a guest on urban station Radio 1xtra.

Buerk had confessed his ignorance about rap during a discussion with Stryder in the Australian jungle.

"I know zero about rap, thought it was done by sinister looking men in hoods and shades," the broadcaster said. "I don't really like the sound of it, don't understand it, there is no tune to it. Is it all about style?"

Rapper Stryder - whose hits have included Take Me Back and Never Leave You - advised him to use rhythm and flow.

Buerk chanted: "I'm Michael and I'm real cool, stuck in the jungle, feel a real fool. My pants are red and I have no bed."

He went on to include references to his fellow contestants, adding: "Jimmy's the name and football is his game. How about we dream of curry but we don't mean Edwina; We're keen on Kendra but wish she was cleaner."

Buerk wondered whether he needed to sound "edgy", but his personal rap tutor told him to sound natural.

Afterwards he pointed out how his mentor thought it "would be more original if I kept my existing and pompous, middle-class, stuck-up and middle-aged prig persona".

"I don't think that Jay Z is quaking in his hand-tooled Gucci boots at this moment but at the end of a few days who knows what may happen," Buerk added.

And Stryder concluded: "Michael is a cool dude. He's so uncool that he's cool."

On a darker note, Buerk told his fellow contestants about his dislike of disgraced presenter Jimmy Savile.

He said he wished he had pushed the former Radio 1 DJ, whose years as a predatory and prolific sex abuser came to light following his death, into the sea when he had an opportunity.

Discussing things they wish they had done with the others, Buerk said: "My other regret is standing at the rail of the QE2 with Jimmy Savile who I personally disliked intensely before everyone else did, and my regret is not tipping him over the rail while I had the chance."

Further tensions have erupted in the camp with Vicki Michelle and Melanie Sykes snapping at each other following a misunderstanding over an eyeliner which led to squabbling.

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