FAME GAME

Julia Morris and Chris Brown can’t wait to push a fresh group of in­trepid, or per­haps fool­hardy, celebri­ties out of their com­fort zones in Africa

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SEANNA CRONIN

JUNGLE JUICE FROM BE­HIND THE SCENES WITH I’M A CELEBRITY HOSTS JULIA MORRIS AND CHRIS BROWN

If any of the ru­mours are true, then the new sea­son of I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! will be a cracker. Ten’s celebrity tor­ture show, which takes fa­mous peo­ple out of their com­fort zones for our en­ter­tain­ment, is back for a fourth sea­son.

Ten­nis bad boy Bernard Tomic, The Nanny star Fran Drescher and singer Shan­non Noll are just a few of the big per­son­al­i­ties tipped to be on a plane to South Africa.

In this Q&A with Play, hosts Julia Morris and Chris Brown re­flect on three years of jungle hi­jinks. What have you learned af­ter three sea­sons of re­lo­cat­ing to South Africa? Julia: I have learned you can never re­ally be pre­pared for the jungle. It tests you all day ev­ery day. It is in­tense and manic and drain­ing and won­der­ful. Noth­ing can pre­pare you for that. Chris: One thing I wish I’d done from the start is to learn to get to bed at 7pm. We’re up at 2.30am ev­ery morn­ing, so that means go­ing to bed when it’s still light. Any pack­ing tips that you wished you knew back be­fore sea­son one? Julia: I worked out there is no need for fancy frocks. There are so many for me to choose from when I get there. The rest of the time it’s shorts and tees. Chris: I al­ways bring elec­trolytes be­cause you sweat all day. I also wear a sin­glet un­der­neath my shirts be­cause it’s al­ready 35C in the morn­ing when we’re live (cross­ing to Aus­tralia). I know you’re sworn to se­crecy, but how do you think the pro­duc­ers can top last year? Julia: The cast­ing is such an in­tri­cate process and the team at Ten and ITV al­ways get it right, so I’m be­side my­self to find out who is go­ing in. Chris: I know there are a cou­ple of celebri­ties that the bosses are re­ally ex­cited about, and they seem quite com­fort­able with who we’ve got from over­seas. They al­ways seem to have a few sur­prises up their sleeves. If you weren’t the host of the show, would you ac­cept an in­vi­ta­tion to the jungle? Julia: I am not sure I could take it. The food alone would have me ready to kill. I ad­mire ev­ery­one with the guts to go in. Hav­ing a front-row seat for the many hap­pen­ings in camp, is there any­thing in par­tic­u­lar you wish the celebri­ties would do or al­ter­na­tively stop do­ing? Julia: I al­ways want the celebri­ties to get on with bring­ing up sub­jects they feel pas­sion­ate about. It’s such a unique op­por­tu­nity to let Aus­tralia know how you feel about things. Chris: I wish they would take bet­ter care of the long-drop toi­let. Ev­ery sin­gle day we walk straight past it and it’s never man­aged well. It al­ways smells hor­rific. On the flip side, I love it when they try to get away with stuff – that clas­sic Aussie de­fi­ance of au­thor­ity. Af­ter three sea­sons, do you think are there any con­cerns about the celebri­ties get­ting too savvy about the show and its chal­lenges? Julia: Our celebri­ties can think they have the game sewn up but liv­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence is very dif­fer­ent to watch­ing it. Stam­ina helps. What do you think your African spirit an­i­mal is? Julia: I am the hippo. They are al­ways smil­ing, pro­tect their young and look harm­less but are the most dan­ger­ous an­i­mal alive. Watch your back. I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! pre­mieres on Sun­day at 7.30pm on Chan­nel 10

THURS­DAY JAN­U­ARY 25 2018

Hosts Julia Morris and Chris Brown are all set for the new sea­son of I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!

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