The first nine cast members have been been unveiled by I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here for 2021.
Filmed near Murwillumbah, northern NSW, first cast members for 10 are:
Singer: Jack Vidgen
Comedian: Ash Williams
Reality Star: Abbie Chatfield
Star of the Street: Toni Pearen
Funny Lady: Mel Buttle
TV Star: Grant Denyer
Footy star: Travis Varcoe
Radio star: Jess Eva
Still to come are:
Curiously, amongst the reality cast are Jack Vidgen, who last week confirmed he was admitted to rehab for six weeks in August, and Grant Denyer, who is about to become a dad for the third time. Fun fact: Denyer was host of Australia’s Got Talent when Vidgen won in 2011 but conceded he barely recognised him.
It was a marathon opening episode in which cast were divided into three teams as part of the show’s adjustment for a pre-recorded season. But on social media many viewers (again) admitted to not recognising most of the cast. Who can blame them… several don’t even have their own Wikipedia listing. But it did help get the show trending.
The premiere included skydiving from a helicopter, splattering with gross food and a challenge made worse with snakes, spiders and bugs. Winners ate dinners with rewards varying from a delivered curry to uncooked rice & beans. 2020 winner Miguel Maestre also made a guest appearance.
All the while hosts Julia Morris and Dr. Chris Brown gently mocked the “Aussie jungle” aspect of the bush / rainforest.
Screening outside of the official 2021 ratings, the early launch is a big gamble by 10, but it did perform well in 2020 as a promotional platform for Australian Survivor. This year that focus goes to The Amazing Race Australia.
The winner of the series -still to be voted by viewers for a Live finale- will win $100,000 for their chosen charity.
And possibly revitalise their career.