Last night’s first of two parts of this celeb special show – the second is on tonight – saw celebrities Keith Duffy, Louisa Lytton, Jennie McAlpine, Dean Gaffney and Michael Underwood facing their fears…
One of which must surely have been Amanda Holden, but there was no escape from that first horror as she presents the show alongside Chris Tarrant.
And it rapidly became clear that this show is a combination of The Crystal Maze and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. The deep voiced narration introduced the celebs and forewarned that they would face all manner of gunk and goo in order to win, quite liderally, £25,000 for their chosen charidee.
It soon became very clichéd and been-there-done-that as we saw Dean Gaffney retching every few seconds and squeals of varying pitches issuing forth from various celebs as they had to locate eyeballs in bags of blood and guts.
But it was what came next that I suspect might cause a bit of an uproar…
Their first challenge was to acquire a number of keys, all of which were placed in a maze of cages, most of which contained “hungry dogs”. I imagine animal rights folk were busy composing letters of complaint before the first ad break, outraged at the locking up of big Alsatians in cages.
And ITV didn’t do itself any favours by having Holden tell us the dogs were hungry, ergo one might assume the dogs hadn’t been fed so that they’d get even more excited about raw blood covered celebs in their midst.
But as all the dogs were caged, why anyone would be afraid of them I don’t really know; they couldn’t have got to any of the celebs, but most of them did a good job of feigning fear. That said though, Louisa did seem genuinely afraid, but at worst, the dogs could’ve given the celebs a good barking at.
The rest, I’m afraid, was entirely predictable… goo, gunk, dead stuff, live stuff, smelly stuff. You know the drill.
But for tonight’s show – the final – ITV are apparently, according to Chris Tarrant’s best I’m Very Excited About This narration includes bunging the finalists into a “meltdown in a nuclear reactor”.
Now, I’m making the assumption that the “reactor” isn’t really nuclear… surely even Z listers wouldn’t want to die of radiation poisoning just to get their mugs on telly??
Mind you, I think that’d be better than spending more than 5 nanoseconds with Holden…