GUESS­ING GAME

INTO AFRICA: THE STARS TIPPED TO GO WILD FOR I’M A CELEBRITY

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SALLY COATES

CLUE 1. US sit­com star: This stand-up co­me­dian is a world fa­mous TV star who has also made over 60 films

This clue has quite lit­er­ally kept me up at night (yes I know, my life is very sad); mainly be­cause my pre­con­cep­tion is that no ac­tual huge US celebrity would do this show. There are so many vari­ables: a lot of co­me­di­ans act but don’t do stand-up; a lot do stand-up but don’t act; some do all three but haven’t made any­where near 60 films; some fit all three cri­te­ria but are oc­to­ge­nar­i­ans. I feel con­fi­dent rul­ing out ru­mours of Chris Rock, Tim Allen and Ed­die Mur­phy. I think the most re­al­is­tic pos­si­bil­i­ties are Jim Belushi and Ge­orge Lopez.

Clue 2. Shock jock: He’s out­spo­ken, tells it like it is, and isn’t afraid of con­tro­versy

While Kyle Sandi­lands seems like the ob­vi­ous choice here, the KIIS 1065 ra­dio pre­sen­ter has been recorded say­ing he’s “too lazy” to do the show and the “price wasn’t right”. But this Price might be right: 2GB pre­sen­ter and reg­u­lar pan­el­list on The Project, Steve Price. Not only is he al­ready on the Network 10 pay­roll, he’s also ex­pe­ri­enced in deal­ing with pop­u­lar cul­ture and, well, air­heads – not al­ways well, but he’s proven he can do it. He’s de­nied the “gos­sip” on Twit­ter.

Clue 3. AFL leg­end: This Brown­low medal­list is not afraid to tell it like it is

I reckon Jason Ak­er­ma­nis is a five-pointer slam dunk (that’s an AFL term, right?) for this clue. He’s said and done just enough dumb, con­tro­ver­sial things for pro­duc­ers to be rub­bing their hands to­gether.

Clue 4. Olympian: A much loved, three time Olympian who has had suc­cess in sport, busi­ness and on TV

There are quite a few three­time Aussie Olympians who have gone on to have suc­cess in busi­ness and TV: Dawn Fraser, Kieran Perkins, Susie O’Neill, Grant Hack­ett and Michael Klim are just a few who would make a splash. Three that stand out are

Big­gest Loser host Hay­ley Lewis, sports com­men­ta­tor Ni­cole Liv­ing­stone and

Celebrity Ap­pren­tice con­tes­tant Lisa Curry. From th­ese three my pre­dic­tion is Curry. She has her own weight-loss pro­gram, and I as­sume she’d jump at the chance to plug the African day­light out of it.

Clue 5. A Pop Diva: One of the big­gest names in Aus­tralian TV, this pop and soap star has had a num­ber of top 10 hits

A wave of nos­tal­gia over­came me as I thought about this one. Names like Bec Cartwright, Tam­min Sur­sok and Holly Valance crept to the sur­face in a strange mashup of fe­male noughties pop chaos. Bec’s busy with Lley­ton and what seems to be a weekly New Idea cover, Tam­min lives in LA and Holly mar­ried a bil­lion­aire, so won’t need the coin. I think this one will be a head­scratcher when it’s re­vealed so I’m go­ing to go with Natalie Bass­ingth­waite. She’s orig­i­nally of Neigh­bours star­dom, had suc­cess with Rogue Traders and re­cently ap­peared in Brock.

Clue 6. Co­me­dian: This Aussie co­me­dian, TV and ra­dio pre­sen­ter is sure to liven up the camp

Be­ing a huge fan of Aussie com­edy, I’m su­per ex­cited for this con­tes­tant to be re­vealed. Again, there are so many pos­si­bil­i­ties: Rove McManus, Dave Hughes, Will An­der­son, Anh Do, Amanda Keller, Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzger­ald, Merrick Watts, Mick Mol­loy. Even re­cently re­tired Triple J an­nounc­ers Matt Okine and Alex Dyson have been tipped for the spot but it doesn’t seem to fit, as Okine wants to fo­cus on his mu­sic post-de­par­ture and Dyson has never hosted TV. If Triple J were in­volved at all, I’d tip Dyson’s former co­p­re­sen­ter Tom Bal­lard.

Clue 7. Singing sen­sa­tion: This ac­tress, au­thor and ARIA win­ner hit the big time as a teenager

There is no way in hell Kylie would do this. That’s when my at­ten­tion turned to Jes­sica Mauboy. Hit the big time as a teen – check: Jess came run­ner up in 2006 Aus­tralian Idol when she was 17. She played the lead role of Bil­lie Carter in

The Se­cret Daugh­ter, which aired in Oc­to­ber last year, and also acted in Aus­tralian films

Bran Nue Dae and The Sap­phires. She’s won a bunch of ARIAs and re­leased her bi­og­ra­phy Jes­sica Mauboy: My

Story in 2014, which is writ­ten in first per­son, though is cred­ited to Belinda Gib­bon – so that one’s a tech­ni­cal­ity but it all still fits the bill.

Clue 8. Re­al­ity star: This blonde fire­cracker made her name on re­al­ity TV and is sure to fire up the camp

Since The Bach­e­lor’s “dirty street pie” Lau­rina Fleure starred in last season’s I’m a

Celeb, I’m tip­ping “vil­lain” of Richie Stra­han’s season, Keira Maguire, will be the blonde fire­cracker. Sassy Keira is made for re­al­ity TV.

Clue 9. Beauty Queen: This Aussie model, pageant ti­tle­holder and re­al­ity con­tes­tant is one of the most beau­ti­ful women in Aus­tralia

I think the most likely op­tion is Te­gan Martin who won the Miss Uni­verse Aus­tralia crown in 2014. After a season of Celebrity Ap­pren­tice Aus­tralia in which she was re­lent­lessly billed as a bimbo, she’s out to prove there’s more to her than meets the eye. I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, Jan­uary 29, 7pm on TEN

We’d love to see Jes­sica Mauboy fill the shoes of the “singing sen­sa­tion”.

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