There was a rockphone, bungee jumping, rats, farting and a fake elimination.
10’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here premiere last night revealed most of its celebrity cast.
The rumour-mill managed to guess many of the participants from the world of television, comedy and social media.
4 were confirmed in advance of the premiere: Miguel Maestre, Charlotte Crosby, Myf Warhurst and Tom Williams.
Others included music theatre star Rhonda Burchmore, comedians Nikki Osborne & Dilruk Jayasinha, YouTuber Tanya Hennessy and reality TV faces Erin Barnett & Ryan Gallagher.
While the show again included several lesser known faces, previous seasons have proven they can sometimes provide the most drama… by contrast top talent such as Tom Arnold proved to be a snoozefest.
Crosby provided opening night nerves by declining to bungee jump from a helicopter and uttering that “get me out of here” line for the first time this season. She had to walk to camp alone while others faced off against the usual squeamish reptiles and arachnids.
Hosts Julia Morris and Dr. Chris Brown were back to their trademark repartee in the family-friendly series.
The 10 show may have been just what the doctored ordered given the bad news that has overwhelmed the nation of late… it even managed to push bushfires off Twitter’s #1 trending spot.
10 will also be matching dollar for dollar all the proceeds raised in support of the celebrities chosen charities to the state based fire services and other charities supporting those affected by the bushfires.
10 hasn’t indicated how long the show will run but it is expected to wrap in early February ahead of Australian Survivor and Dancing with the Stars both of which were heavily promoted last night. It isn’t clear if it wraps before the return of official ratings on February 9.
Indeed, Warhurst is required on the Gold Coast by February 8 for Eurovision: Australia Decides …and presumably earlier for rehearsals.
Tonight ex-AFL players Billy Brownless and Dale “Daisy” Thomas are widely expected to arrive, while the identity of the “Artist” remains under wraps.