Good friends Angie Kent and Yvie Jones of Gog­gle­box Aus­tralia fame have swapped the com­fort of their liv­ing room for the South African jun­gle in the new sea­son of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!

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


Best friends Angie Kent and Yvie Jones are used to be­ing in front of the cam­era. The women and their many foster dogs be­came house­hold names on Ten and Fox­tel’s re­al­ity TV co-pro­duc­tion Gog­gle­box Aus­tralia.

But eight sea­sons and 14,000 Twit­ter fol­low­ers later they have farewelled the show, swap­ping the com­fort of their lounge room for the South African jun­gle in the new sea­son of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!

In an I’m A Celebrity first for Aus­tralia, the besties will en­ter the show on day one as a duo and then com­pete in­di­vid­u­ally to avoid elim­i­na­tion. Pre­vi­ously, cou­ples have en­tered only as in­trud­ers.

“I would have done it with­out her but know­ing that she is go­ing to be with me is so much more re­lax­ing,” Angie says.

“I can al­ways turn to her if I’m upset or hav­ing a freak­out, and visa versa with her too.

“One of the main rea­sons we left was as much as we loved Gog­gle­box, we couldn’t do any­thing else … we didn’t think this would be our first of­fer. It’s amaz­ing and scary at the same time.”

The Queens­land na­tive, who grew up on the Sun­shine Coast, should be scared. I’m A Celebrity is cen­tred around tak­ing high-pro­file peo­ple out of their com­fort zones and push­ing them to their lim­its in chal­lenges in­volv­ing creepy crawlies, heights and dis­gust­ing food.

The more the con­tes­tants squirm, gag and freak out, the higher the en­ter­tain­ment value for view­ers, who vote to keep them on the show for a shot at the grand prize – $100,000 for their cho­sen char­ity.

“I think I’m go­ing to be most fright­ened of not know­ing what I’m stick­ing my hands into,” Angie says.

“If they blind­fold me and I have to walk through some­thing, then I hate not know­ing. I’d rather see what I’m jump­ing off. That fear of the un­known makes it worse.

“I also have the weak­est stom­ach. I don’t eat meat and I’m a coeliac, so I’m go­ing to have to give up the whole not eat­ing meat thing. I think there will be a lot of retch­ing.”

And what does she think of her Gog­gle­box co-stars watch­ing her on the other side of the screen?

“It’s go­ing to be so weird,” she says. “I’m pretty sure we cross over by two weeks and hope­fully I’m still on ( I’m A Celebrity). I think they’re go­ing to be so shocked.”

Angie also says she isn’t both­ered if any­one ques­tions her celebrity sta­tus to qual­ify go­ing on the show.

“We’ve al­ways made such a big deal that we’re not celebri­ties (on Gog­gle­box), but you can’t please ev­ery­one,” she says.

“Ev­ery­one will have some­thing to say. I’m sure a lot of peo­ple will prob­a­bly be like ‘who the hell are they?’.” I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! pre­mieres on Sun­day at 7.30pm on Ten

Angie Kent and Yvie Jones have farewelled their foster pups and comfy couch as they pre­pare for the I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! camp.

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