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
CHRIS BROWN’S READY FOR CELEB MELTDOWNS AS NEW SHOW DEBUTS
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.”
YOU CAN LEAVE – THAT’S WHEN YOU HAVE TO SAY ‘I’M A CELEBRITY ... GET ME OUTTA HERE!’ THAT’S THE SAFE WORD
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.