It’s a recipe that is sure to tempt view­ers – a pack of celebri­ties taken out of their com­fort zone, mi­nus their make-up and usual lux­u­ries, and thrown to­gether in the depths of Africa to see who cracks first

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Ebola, charg­ing rhi­nos and catch­ing malaria were the least of Chris Brown’s wor­ries as he boarded a plane to South Africa this week.

The I’m A Celebrity Get Me

... Out Of Here! co-host says it’s his part­ner in crime, House

Hus­bands star Ju­lia Mor­ris, who will en­sure he sleeps with one eye open.

“Let’s just say the door to my bun­ga­low will be locked at night and if I hear loud noises she ain’t com­ing in,” he says, laugh­ing.

“She is quick and she will have me on my toes.”

Net­work Ten has dropped an abun­dance of clues as to which 10 celebri­ties will be rough­ing it out in the South African jun­gle to­gether for I’m A Celebrity Get Me ... Out Of Here! The show’s for­mat is based on the suc­cess of the UK ver­sion, which aired for 14 sea­sons.

Celebri­ties tipped to brave the jun­gle in­clude Pamela An­der­son, Kerri-Anne Ken­ner­ley, Olympic gold medal­list Steven Brad­bury, Gold Lo­gie nom­i­nee Chrissie Swan, US ac­tor Melissa Joan Hart and crick­eter An­drew Sy­monds.

Ten is tight-lipped on who will head over to South Africa, but there are ru­mours con­tes­tants are be­ing of­fered a $60,000-per-week deal. View­ers will dis­cover the lineup of celebri­ties when the show launches on Sun­day night.

“We can def­i­nitely ex­pect some Lord of the Flies mo­ments,” jokes Dr Brown, who is known for his tele­vi­sion se­ries Bondi Vet.

“The peo­ple who have been cho­sen have been cho­sen for a rea­son. Their in­tel­li­gence, sur­vival skills and how they will in­ter­act is bound to pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment.”

But the chal­lenges don’t stop there.

The celebri­ties are forced to leave their homes, fam­i­lies and every­day lux­u­ries – like makeup – be­hind.

On top of that they have to cope with the African wildlife, ba­sic ra­tions, a con­stant se­ries of chal­lenges and tests as well as the company of fel­low celebri­ties.

“You can leave – that’s when you have to say ‘I’m a celebrity get me outta here!’ That’s the safe word,” says Dr Brown.

“But that’s where the Aus­tralian ver­sion will get in­ter­est­ing be­cause the Aussie men­tal­ity is to stand by your mates and stick through it.”

Dr Brown says the fact that the con­tes­tants don’t know who they will be bunk­ing up with will make for great view­ing.

“It’s good be­cause they won’t have pre­con­ceived ideas of each other if they don’t have a chance to Google each other’s back­grounds,” he says.

“They will learn about each other in their own time and truly dis­cover what lies be­neath.”

Dr Brown says au­di­ences can also look for­ward to get­ting to know a “wellqual­i­fied” group of peo­ple which “the vast majority of the pop­u­la­tion” will know of.

Aside from health risks and “ram­pag­ing ba­boons”, Dr Brown says there are sev­eral things the con­tes­tants will find in­cred­i­bly hard.

“On the food side of it, they are given a diet of rice and beans and not al­ways as much food as they want,” he says.

“My weak­ness is that I get hangry. Hun­gry and angry. And I can’t keep my­self go­ing.”

The celebri­ties are al­lowed to pack a suit­case of “bare min­i­mums” – in­clud­ing one lux­ury item and medicine if re­quired.

“We are hear­ing sto­ries that some of the cast are try­ing to pass off mas­cara as a nec­es­sary med­i­cal item,” laughs Dr Brown. “I imag­ine a pil­low for a lux­ury item is go­ing to be more use­ful than a bronzer.

“They aren’t al­lowed makeup be­cause it’s about strip­ping back and tak­ing away all those dif­fer­ent masks that peo­ple use to hide their iden­tity. This will show that they are real ‘every­day’ peo­ple.”



Dr Chris Brown and Ju­lia Mor­ris will host the Aussie ver­sion of I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!, which will be set in South Africa.

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