I’M a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is back – and Im buzzing like a new fridge.
Ant McPartlin has returned and is looking great, Dec Donnelly is on form – and Caitlin Jenner will be the gift that keeps on giving.
Former Queen of the Jungle Vicky Pattison has her own column on HOAR Online – starting today
Kate Garraways mam-swimming from the boat to the beach was EVERYTHING and I reckon these tough cookies will give us the best series weve had in years.
I’m going to be writing about I’m A Celeb for HOAR Online throughout this year’s series – and all I can say is: Bring it on.
CAITLYN JENNER CAN’T WIN
Caitlyn Jenner has proved a sensation – but she can’t win the show
Weve got one of the most exciting line ups weve seen in years (well, since my one, obviously!)
Everyone is talking about Caitlin Jenner and Im not surprised – shes proved herself to be strong, compassionate, warm and brave and shes totally immersed herself in camp life.
I love how supportive she was of Nadine Coyle on the skydive and then with Kate Garraway in the first Bushtucker Trial.
But Im going to say something very honest and a bit controversial – I dont think shell win.
The star tackling Bugged Out in last night’s Bushtucker Trial
Not because she isnt brilliant TV and a great camp mate – but because shes American.
Traditionally in Im A Celeb the Americans have always felt a little bit like cannon fodder (John Barrowman excluded – national treasure whatever country hes in that fella).
Theyre good entertainment early doors, usually quite big names, but out pretty sharpish as were more likely to support our fellow Brits.
No shame in that- I get it. But could Caitlin buck that trend? Id love to be wrong as I love what she brings to the table and the more Kardashian inside gossip I can get the better.
JAMES HASKELL WILL STRUGGLE
James huge size could could against him in the trials
James Haskell has got the most competitive nature and that will set him in proper good stead – but everyone needs to stop assuming that big, strong sportsmen are good in the trials.
More often than not, given the small spaces they’re squished into, poor James size will actually be a disadvantage – as he is a MASSIVE human .
I hear his missus Chloe Madeley has said shes buzzing hes if there so she can save on the weekly shop. He said he puts away 4,000 calories a day, so I am not surprised girl!
GIRL POWER IS RULING CAMP
Nadine Coyle has already had some proper brilliant one liners and I think despite the fact shes openly scared of everything, shes going to be a pretty tough cookie.
It’s the same with Jac Jossa! I love gutsy women and I think this years camp is full of them!
ANDREW IS A DARK HORSE
Vicky called comedian Andrew a ‘total gent’
I read somewhere that Andrew Maxwell has been the most Googled campmate so far which Im assuming is – by his own admission – because not a lot of people know who he is.
But hes one to watch. I did a show with Andrew once and not only was he hilarious but he was kind too.
I loved how encouraging he was to Kate in the first task – did anyone count how many times he said “my love”? Spoiler: it was a LOT.
But he’s just as cute as a bunny in a bow tie and a total gent. And honestly, it can get quite tough in that jungle at times. His sense of humour and self depreciating nature will help him shine.
RUMBLES IN THE JUNGLE
Our columnist worries that Ian Wright will get ‘hangry’
I know the bookies fave is Ian Wright – and if I was a betting woman Id put money on it myself.
But its early days and a lot could change. He could be the hangry type – and let me tell you, nothing sours your chances of winning like shouting at an adorable ex Girls Aloud member over who got the most wallaby tail.
Jac Jossa isnt afraid to speak her mind- and weve already seen some tension between her and Haskell so theres potential for more where that came from.
I dont mind a bit of drama – it keeps stuff interesting and you can tell Ant and Dec live for it!
MY JUNGLE LULLABIES
The Geordie Shore star still misses her bed in the jungle
The celebs seem to be coping pretty well with their first couple of nights in the jungle. I can remember mine like it was yesterday.
The jungle comes alive at night. I remember lying there next to Ferne and Spencer and being so nervous and excited I could hardly sleep – just listening to the jungle buzzing around me.
The camp fire, the crickets – its so unsettling at first, but now I cant sleep without it.
I have an app that plays jungle and fire sounds and if ever Im struggling to sleep I pop that on and it sends me right off. It takes me back to a very happy time of my life.
FOOD FIGHTS ARE COMING
‘Growing lad’ Roman might struggle with the portions in camp
Weve already seen a couple of niggles and a hint of lost tempers over the food situation and all I can say is: its going to get a lot worse!
There are some big fellas in there. James Haskell, Ian Wright, Myles Stephenson – and Roman Kemp is a growing lad too.
They are going to need to really brace themselves for some dark moments hunger wise.
I predict tempers flaring over the next couple days if they arent successful in the trials so Ive got everything crossed for them!
MY JUNGLE WATERFALL DIET
Vicky went on a diet ahead of her I’m A Celeb waterfall scenes
In my series George Shelley and Kieron Dyer really struggled with the restricted calories – but I wasn’t too bad to be fair.
As a naturally incredibly curvy woman Ive probably been on a diet for about 20 years and before Id gone in to Im A Celeb Id been so nervous about the infamous shower scene Id gone on a pretty intense diet and exercise regime.
By the time I got in jungle I found the staple diet of rice and beans – with the occasional emu steak if you smashed a trial – a bit of a luxury if anything!
However I definitely missed cheese. You’re not normal if you dont miss cheese.