Psy­cho help for ink­ing ‘vic­tims’

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - With ED GLEAVE and PETER DYKE

PRO­DUC­ERS drafted in psy­chother­a­pists for the new se­ries over fears con­tes­tants might crack up.

MTV’s wack­i­est show sees peo­ple pick out­ra­geous tat­toos for loved ones who only get to see it once it’s fin­ished. A coun­selling team was also on hand to of­fer sup­port.

Pre­sen­ter Stephen Bear said: “Ev­ery per­son that comes on the show has to pitch their idea and it has to be agreed by MTV.

“And af­ter the tat­too the per­son is given some­one to talk to.”

His co-host Char­lotte Crosby added: “A lot of peo­ple don’t seem to mind what tat­too they get. They cry for a bit and then sud­denly they’re fine again.”

In the first se­ries, one girl had an im­age of a tam­pon tat­tooed near her pri­vate parts.

But Char­lotte and Bear, be­low, say this se­ries is even more shock­ing. Char­lotte said: “It’s like peo­ple were com­pet­ing to come up with the worst tat­too.

“I nearly cried when I saw one of them be­cause it was so bad. This has be­come the cra­zi­est show on TV.”

The new se­ries kicks off on Oc­to­ber 2 at 10pm on MTV. AMANDA Meal­ing says she strug­gles to bal­ance fam­ily life with be­ing a TV star.

Since join­ing the cast as Con­nie in 2014, the ac­tress has worked long hours on set in Bris­tol.

The mum-of-two said: “We work 12 hours a day, five days a week. I barely get to see my chil­dren. But then I some­times meet peo­ple who watch the show and that’s lovely. It makes the hard work worth­while – it makes it worth get­ting up at 5.30am.”

Amanda added: “I’m grad­u­ally tak­ing over the en­tire show. At the mo­ment I’m happy where I am.

“I don’t make plans, I’m lucky to do the job that I love. So when it comes to my fu­ture on the show I’ll just take each day as it comes.”

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