Holly and Dec’s jun­gle chem­istry

De­but­ing on I'm A Celeb we ask Judi James to re­veal all about pre­sen­ters Holly and Dec

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Holly Wil­loughby had big shoes to fill when she took up the role of re­plac­ing Ant Mcpartlin on I’m A Celeb. But as soon as she made her de­but along­side De­clan Don­nelly last week, re­views from view­ers were largely di­vided, so we’ve asked body lan­guage ex­pert Judi James to re­veal whether th­ese two re­ally have on-screen chem­istry…

com­fort ges­ture

Holly’s nat­u­ral smile might be broad, but her eyes dart to the side and her brow puck­ers into a frown. Dec is su­per-splayed here. His arms are folded in a com­fort ges­ture and he’s sport­ing a wide grin.


The pair are re­ally gelling here, with some mir­rored body lan­guage sug­gest­ing a more like-minded ap­proach and a sense of re­lax­ation into their roles. Holly is us­ing more in­tense eye-lis­ten­ing sig­nals now, closely study­ing Dec’s face – as he is hers.

wary look

Dec is re­laxed and splayed, fac­ing Holly us­ing some open and em­phatic hand ges­tic­u­la­tion to help her feel at ease. Her over­all pos­ture looks self-di­min­ished, while her ex­pres­sion is wary and her hands per­form a pick­ing ges­ture of anx­i­ety on the ta­ble in front.

ce­mented roles

The chem­istry and their roles are ce­ment­ing now. Holly is smil­ing with a look of con­cern. Dec is now free to be the funny guy, mim­ing con­cern with a hand part-cov­er­ing his face, but a naughty smile clearly vis­i­ble.

Judi’s ver­dict: per­fect pair­ing

It was a tall or­der for Holly to pair up with Dec. Lit­er­ally. It took a short while for the ice­break­ing ban­ter about his 5ft 1in sta­tus to pop up in the scripts. Un­til that point, it was touch and go with the chem­istry. They did seem to be putting a dou­ble act to­gether in front of our eyes, but once the jokes started to work and Holly found her niche, it all came to­gether nat­u­rally – with Dec emerg­ing as ‘the funny man’ in his own right.

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