Shane Warne set to boost TEN’s jungle
Rumours prove true as TEN drops its biggest name into the jungle so far.
As widely predicted Shane Warne has entered the jungle on TEN’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!
The cricketing superstar is easily the biggest coup for the show in its brief history, with a rumoured salary of upwards of $2m and clauses the include no spiders. He arrives in South Africa at the same time as announcing the closure of his Shane Warne Foundation charity and despite tweeting only a week ago he had not signed to appear on the show.
But it is a good get for TEN given his profile, bound to attract ratings and headlines. And (as also predicted) he is not landing in camp until tonight just as profile shows launch on Seven & Nine.
11 other celebrities were unveiled yesterday including Val Lehman, Anthony Callea, Brendan Fevola, JoBeth Taylor, Akmal Saleh, Laurina Fleur and Havana Brown -all had been rumoured at one stage or another. Presumably nobody had tipped Dean Geyer but the hint of ‘Hollywood Heart Throb’ was way off mark, nor Bonnie Lythgoe, while sports stars Courtney Hancock and Paul Harragon also entered.
Here’s a form guide according to TEN:
Havana Brown: Originally hailing from Melbourne, Havana has gone on to global success, topping both Australian and US music charts with her debut single, We Run The Night, in 2011.
Anthony Callea: First finding fame on Australian Idol, ARIA-award-winning singer-songwriter Anthony has enjoyed chart-topping success, toured with industry heavyweights and starred in some of the country’s biggest stage musicals in recent years.
Brendan Fevola: Brendan is regarded as both one of the most effective full-forwards to have played AFL in the 2000s and one of sport’s most controversial figures, on and off the field.
Laurina Fleure: She is an international model who had the whole country talking when she appeared as a feisty and beautiful Bachelorette on season two of The Bachelor Australia. While she didn’t win the hand of Bachelor Blake Garvey, Laurina became one of the biggest pop culture icons of 2014.
Dean Geyer: Dean caught the nation’s attention as one of the strongest performers on Australian Idol in 2004. Since then, he has gone on to record a debut album and establish an acting career in film and television in both Australia and the US.
Courtney Hancock: A champion Ironwoman and one of Australia’s most accomplished athletes, in 2011 Courtney became the first person in the history of Australian Surf Sports to win the triple crown of elite events (Australian and Professional Series titles plus the Coolangatta Gold).
Paul Harragon: Paul is a legend of rugby league, with a record that includes an inaugural premiership for the Newcastle Knights as captain in 1997, representing NSW 20 times in State of Origin and representing Australia in 17 tests. Since leaving football, Paul has carved out a strong career in the media.
Val Lehman: Val is best known as inmate Bea Smith from the long-running Australian television series Prisoner. During her four years on the show, Val won three TV Week Logie awards, including a Silver Logie for most popular actress in 1982.
Bonnie Lythgoe: Bonnie has reached the top of her game as a dancer, choreographer, director, television presenter and producer. In a career that spans 30 years, she has worked alongside some of the industry’s best, including Gene Kelly, Sidney Poitier, Sir Cliff Richard, Michael Jackson, Victoria Beckham and the Bee Gees.
Akmal Saleh: Akmal is one of Australia’s busiest, most successful and accomplished comedians. From appearances in movies, to sketch and stand-up tours, stints as a radio DJ, a talk show host and a published author, his career has flourished over the past 15 years.
Jo Beth Taylor: She made her biggest splash on Australian television during the 1990s when, at 22, she became the youngest woman to host a show in prime time, the top-rating Australia’s Funniest Home Videos. In 1996, Jo Beth also co-hosted the popular variety show Hey Hey It’s Saturday with Daryl Somers.