An odder pairing on television we are unlikely to see this year.
Welcome to the jungle. TEN finally revealed its inaugural celebrities last night:
Brady Bunch star Maureen McCormick,
Test cricketer Merv Hughes,
Olympian Leisel Jones,
AFL champ Barry Hall,
Comedian Joel Creasey,
Gold Logie nominee Chrissie Swan,
Ex Hi-5 performer Lauren Brant,
Media personality Andrew Daddo,
Former Miss Australia and TV presenter Laura Dundovic,
Model-blogger Tyson Mayr.
It was a mix of owls and pussycats amongst bigger cats off-screen, vanity, the grotesque and car-crash telly.
Many of the celeb tips were on the money -I’m not sure anybody predicted a Daddo but TEN gave us a bum steer us by referring to him as “television royalty.” Please explain?
The Live episode comprised largely of Live links by charismatic hosts Julia Morris and Chris Brown introducing packages. I thought the chopper arrival of the stars was suitably grand, but it whipped through the reveal far too quickly. Watching some of the reactions, was worth more storytelling airtime -first impressions tell us so much. Chrissie Swan’s OMG reaction to Maureen McCormick was priceless.
The show’s format has always included C-List stars and the cast has more than its share. Tyson who…?
More stars will guest star across the season.
Given there was much set-up I won’t begrudge the limited scenes of character interaction at base camp. We will need to see more group dynamic at play, Big Brother style, which I’m sure is coming.
Watching Maureen McCormick having her meltdown in rain-soaked conditions delivered on the first night.
Chrissie Swan was also a champion to endure 10,000 ants, 4,000 earthworms, 3,500 cockroaches, 7000 maggots and 4000 mealworms all for a few bags of rice. It was squeamish stuff. Looking forward to them facing off against big wild animals. Joel is up next for creepy, crawly time but that Live announcement by Morris and Brown lacked drama. Next time just send in the that African crew member who accidentally wandered on set with the result, please.
The viewer voting for the next challenge was also just 40 minutes long (apologies to those outside AEDT?) but is much longer for the next vote. I can’t remember what it’s actually for.
As a first episode it was a little rough technically (those 3 people laughing at the host gags sound like they need some mates), and I admit to wanting more star power. But this is a change from the usual TV fare, and we rarely get Reality with a comedic touch. If some real relationships emerge between the cast Celebrity will be worth more attention. Please keep episodes short and sharp to leave us wanting more.