Ninja War­rior UK is back — and it’s tougher than ever, with ex­cit­ing new ob­sta­cles to push com­peti­tors to their lim­its. chats to pre­sen­ters Ben Shep­hard, Rochelle Humes and Chris Ka­mara to find out more

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - WEEKEND TV -

If there’s one gameshow view­ers wish they could have a go at them­selves, it’s Ninja War­rior UK. And its pre­sen­ters, Ben Shep­hard, Rochelle Humes and Chris ‘Kammy’ Ka­mara, are no ex­cep­tion (turns out the pro­duc­ers don’t let them on the course in case of, well, in­juries...) “There was an ob­sta­cle this time around called a bar hop, which is a bar you have to grab, swing, jump with and land,” Shep­hard (43) says ex­cit­edly. “If you don’t land, then you fall in the wa­ter. That was one that I saw and thought in my head I’d love.”

Here, the trio tell us more about the fourth se­ries be­gin­ning tonight on ITV — and ex­plain why it’s the tough­est yet.

The show be­gins with batches of hope­ful con­tes­tants ready to show off their fit­ness and stamina, des­per­ate to make it through to the semi-fi­nals.

“The top 15 who get the fur­thest fastest from each heat go through,” Es­sex-born Shep­hard, who also presents Good Morn­ing Bri­tain, ex­plains of the up­dated for­mat.

“There can be days that seem harder than oth­ers, but the best 15 on the night al­ways get through, no mat­ter how hard it is. And then they all face the same course.” While Ninja War­rior is al­ready the ul­ti­mate chal­lenge, all the ob­sta­cles are now above wa­ter, which, ac­cord­ing to Humes (29) “makes ev­ery­thing harder”. “The quin­tu­ple steps at the start of the course are no longer there,” re­veals the Bark­ing-born star, who spent seven years as a mem­ber of pop group The Satur­days. “We now have the Float­ing Steps, which cause a lot of bother be­cause they are at dif­fer­ent heights — they are not evenly spread and they have a tricky dis­mount. “Peo­ple who thought they knew what to ex­pect didn’t, es­pe­cially peo­ple who have com­peted on the show be­fore. They were thrown by it.” For­mer pro­fes­sional foot­baller Ka­mara points out the at­mos­phere is even bet­ter this se­ries, thanks to the show draw­ing its big­gest-ever crowds to the stu­dios in Manch­ester. He also in­sists that, as the hosts, they try and root for ev­ery sin­gle com­peti­tor to suc­ceed. “The fact is that we laugh when they fall off — well, I laugh when they fall off — be­cause it’s funny,” the 60-year-old ad­mits with a chuckle. “But we’d still love them to get to the other end.” “We love the ones that con­found their ex­pec­ta­tions,” says

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