I'm A Celebrity 2020: Meet The Celebs Heading Into The Jungle
Here are the 12 celebrities who’ll be giving up their cushy lives to rough it in the middle of South Africa, battling their way through trials to be crowned the King or Queen of the Jungle.
Billy Brownless, AFL Legend
One of our two footy players this year, Billy told 10 daily that one big contributor to his decision to head into the jungle was to have a break from the frothies.
“It’d be good to go a month off the grog,” he said, adding, “with that I’ll lose some weight because I’ve been trying to do that for a while.”
While he wasn’t too worried about clashing with some of the other big personalities in camp, he was a little concerned as to how he’d alter the serenity in the jungle.
“I think I snore, but that’s only when I’ve had a few drinks so hopefully -- I’m not drinking so I won’t be snoring.
As for if ‘I’m A Celeb’ would show Australia a different side to Billy than they had seen before, the former Cats player simply said, “What you see is really what you get”.
“I think people know who I am. You can’t fool people, you work that out pretty quickly so I’ll just be myself.”
Charlotte Crosby, Reality TV Star
Making a name for herself as one of the original cast members of MTV’s smash-hit ‘Geordie Shore’, Charlotte is no stranger to reality TV. Winning ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ in the UK in 2013 Charlotte has also appeared on ‘Ex on the Beach’, ‘Celebs Go Dating’, ‘The Charlotte Crosby Experience’ and now has her very own show on MTV called ‘The Charlotte Show’.
Speaking to 10 daily, Charlotte admitted that ‘I’m A Celeb’ would be very different from the other show’s she has been on due to the ‘fear factor’.
“This is crazy. I’ve never done a show where I might be suspended from a really high height or I’m getting in a tank with 5,000 crocodiles,” she said, adding, “I’ve never put myself in situations where I’m absolutely sh*tting myself. That, for me, is going to be a whole new challenge altogether.”
Dale 'Daisy' Thomas, AFL Champion
When asked about how he thought he was going to go with the Tucker Trials, Dale had some very interesting ideas about what was in store for him and his fellow celebs.
“I don’t have a weak stomach, I don’t think,” he said. “That may change when we’re eating manure or something. The ones with bugs and snakes are the ones that will freak me out the most.”
Thankfully, manure isn’t on the menu just yet. But Dale did say he was heading into camp with a bit of a strategy under his belt. Literally under his belt.
I think I put on about eight or nine kilos which has been refreshing,” he said. “Playing football this time of the year is all about pre-season, being as fit and lean as you can… I’ve never been so happy on Christmas day.
“Between that and every time I saw KFC I was like alright… in I went.”
Dilruk Jayasinha, Comedian
Comedian and ‘Utopia’ star Dilruk agreed to head into the camp because he was in a “bring it on” phase of his life. “It’s scary and riddled with fear, but I’m like let’s do it! Take the phone! Give me antelope testicles! I don’t particularly want them, but if that’s what it is, bring it.”
To prep for the jungle, Dilruk started to wean himself off coffee. Admitting that he’d usually have four long blacks a day, “Which is about eight shots [of coffee] a day,” Dilruk slowly reduced the amount of caffeine he was slamming to one a day. Now he just has to cope with being separated from his phone.
“Everything I do is connected to the phone, that is going to be up there for me in terms of struggling to adjust. I’m in this isolated situation where I can’t just jump on Tinder to make myself feel better,” he said adding, “but jungle Tinder, you never know. I could just be swiping from tree to tree!”
Erin Barnett, Former 'Love Island' Star
You may know her from ‘Love Island’ or her time on ‘Beauty and the Geek’, two reality shows where she came second. Now, with her massive social media following, she’s hoping to prove that third time really is the charm.
“Every other reality competition I’ve been on I’ve come second, so I’m good at being a runner-up,” Erin told 10 daily. “I made a joke when Shannon Noll was on [‘Celeb’]. He came second on ‘Australian Idol’ and I was like, wouldn't it be funny if he came second on this show? And then he did and I was like sh*t.
“I’m another Shannon Noll. Just not as famous.”
There’s one other thing Erin will be keeping her eyes set on: her eyelashes. The 24-year-old told 10 daily the one item she refused to go without in the jungle was her eyelash brush.
“I need to brush them otherwise they get tangled and they look like sh*t,” the reality star said, “It’s not painful, it just looks cheap… and they’re not cheap! They’re f**king expensive. I dry my eyelashes with a hairdryer but I don’t think we have a hairdryer in the jungle, do we? Oh god… we won’t even have a plug.”
Miguel Maestre, Chef & 'Living Room' Co-Host
The first celeb to be announced, Miguel told 10 daily he believes he is heading into the jungle with one major disadvantage: his ‘Living Room’ co-host Dr Chris Brown.
“That’s the worst disadvantage in the world,” Miguel said emphatically, “Gringo is just going to crush me. He knows all my weaknesses and he’ll use that against me. The other [celebrities] are coming in to a really fair fight.”
One of those weaknesses for the profession chef may be a little surprising: the only food he really hates are chocolate mints. “Not just chocolate mint, it’s the After Eight with the white [paste] inside. It’s the only thing I don’t like,” Miguel said.
“I would eat a bull’s testicle rather than a chocolate mint.”
Miguel has also made the bold promise that if he is indeed crowned king of the jungle, he plans to accept his crown wearing nothing but his Spanish flag budgie smugglers.
Myf Warhurst, Radio & TV Personality
“That’s going to be my question for the next couple of weeks,” Myf told 10 daily, “am I going to die today?”
Known for her work at Triple J, as team captain on the iconic ‘Spicks and Specks’ and co-hosting the ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ with jungle alumni Joel Creasey, Myf said she’s been trying to get info out of Joel for years.
“I’ve spoken to him at length, when we’re at ‘Eurovision’ we have a lot of time together so I always made sure to ask him. I’m fascinated. I’ve always been slightly intrigued and thought, ‘I could do that!’ but then my fears overwhelm me and I go, ‘No I couldn’t. I’d be useless, hopeless and an emotional mess.’
“I feel stronger this year,” Myf said, “I feel like I can try. I’ll scream, I’ll cry, I’ll spew, I’ll do all the things but I reckon it’ll be fine.”
Nikki Osborne, Comedian
After surviving the Adelaide Comedy Festival, Nikki said she could pretty much get through anything.
“They got me when I was vulnerable,” she told 10 daily, “I was like yes, I’ll do anything. This is bullsh*t, I’m not flyering on the street of Rundle Mall ever again.”
Admitting she didn’t really do much research about the show before signing up, Nikki is one of the celebs going in with very little idea of what to expect. One thing she knows she won’t be doing is a bungee jump.
“I get barotrauma, it’s what fish get. You know when deep sea fish come up, the pressure makes their head explode? If I’ve had bad sinuses and I’ve flown, air pockets get stuck up here,” she said pointing to her forehead, “it explodes and I bleed for six weeks”.
“I’m not sure about changing the sh*t bucket,” Nikki said, “I just read that. Changing the sh*t bucket doesn’t sound very pleasant but I guess I’ve dealt with worse. I live with three men.”
Paul Cosentino, Illusionist
Cosentino said part of the reason he was heading into the jungle was to give Australia an opportunity to see a different side to him.
"People assume I'm really mysterious. That's one side of me, but there's also a lighthearted side, and softer side to me," he said. When I'm onstage it's aggressive and powerful, even my onstage voice is different."
Skilled at stage illusion, mentalism, close-up magic and escape art, Cosentino said he's got a favourite trick he's hoping to perform in the jungle.
"It's one I call 'kiss card' where a card is selected, signed and given to a spectator," he explained, "another card is selected and signed and they switch places. But they switch with a kiss.
"It could be interesting for Charlotte and Ryan," he added, "I've been thinking about that."
Rhonda Burchmore, Entertainer
The first lady of legs, Rhonda Burchmore said it was a difficult decision to finally agree to head into the jungle. “My husband always said that he’d divorce me if I went in, so as I left to get on the plane he said ‘I’ll just get those papers drawn up on Monday’.”
After being in the entertainment industry for almost 40 years, Rhonda is excited for Australia to see a bit of a different side to the leading lady of the stage. Away from the spangles, the sparkles, and the showgirl gowns, Rhonda said she wasn’t afraid to get down and dirty in camp.
She’s also angling for a TV show once she’s out of the jungle.
“I love to fish, I’m not a great fisherperson but I love to fish,” Rhonda told 10 daily. “People have a reason to go on [‘I’m A Celebrity’] and mine is to have people see the real me, and my ideal thing would be to get a fishing show.
“I want to call it ‘A Fish Called Rhonda’, it’s a chat show and I’m up there, maybe we cook up whatever we catch,” she continued. “That is so left of center for what people perceive.”
Ryan Gallagher, Former 'Married At First Sight' Star
Fans of ‘Married at First Sight’ would know Ryan from his disastrous marriage that he couldn’t wait to escape. But will he be voting to “stay” in the jungle?
From ‘MAFS’, Ryan has started working in radio as well as getting his start in the stand-up comedy world. While his short-lived TV marriage didn’t work out, Ryan is still heading into the jungle optimistic that he might find be able to spark some romance in camp. Everything else about the jungle he’s less optimistic about.
“I love being outdoors and I love challenging myself but this is something where I’m going to sh*t myself,” Ryan told 10 daily. “Small spaces? I’m going to sh*t myself. Eating stuff? I can’t even eat oysters. Heights?” he said shaking his head.
“But I know pushing myself is something I love doing. I’ll just be sh*tting myself.”
Tanya Hennessy, YouTube Star
For Tanya, one of the biggest challenges of heading into the jungle is surrendering control of her content. With a massive social media following, Tanya has gone viral again and again with her wildly hilarious videos. The jungle will be no laughing matter.
“People on the internet are the most famous not-famous people ever,” Tanya said before adding, “Excuse me. I burped. Put that in there. I burped.”
“I don’t want to be ‘famous’,” she continued, “I don’t see myself as famous. I see myself as someone who likes to make and create stuff and who wants to have opportunities. This is one of those things I couldn’t say no to.
“I’m not saying I’m psyched to eat an anus, I’m just saying that’s what the show is.”
Because she’s so used to writing, filming, producing and starring in her own content, giving up creative control is a major hurdle for Tanya who admitted she told a few fibs in order to make life in camp easier on her.
“I hate snakes, spiders, heights, all of that. But I didn’t tell the producers, I was like ‘I love heights!’ I was like ‘I f**king love cockroaches! My favourite. Yum! Know what I’m terrified of? Driving! Don’t put Netflix in there! Noooo!
“I hate ‘Drag Race’! I hate my phone! Instagram? Don’t put it near me. I’m terrified of comfortable naps in air conditioning!” she joked. “I wonder if my producing the producers worked... I doubt it.”
Tom’s no stranger to adventure. Having worked on ‘The Great Outdoors’ for many years, ‘the chippy’ couldn’t wait to head into camp and meet the other celebs.
“I just want to do everything,” he said excitedly. “I love being in a group. Solitary confinement is the worst torture in the world for me. It’s worse than any hurt that somebody could do. I love being amongst people, and you’ve got to get into it.”
With two kids of his own, Tom is also not too concerned if he has to take on the role of ‘camp dad’.
“It’s kind of the same thing, parent a few people in there when they’re doing tough. You want to be there just going, ‘It’s alright, dude. In a couple of weeks you’ll be out of here and back home in your same routine thinking why didn’t you experience more?’”
The one thing Tom really isn’t looking forward to meeting in the great outdoors is snakes. “We’ve just never been friends,” the tv presenter told 10 daily. “I’ll be hysterical when they throw snakes on me.”