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I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
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Genre Reality television
Developed by Granada Productions
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Production
Running time 60 - 90
Broadcast
Original channel ITV1 (plus STV, UTV & TV3)
Picture format 16:9
Original run 25th August 2002 – Present
External links
Official website

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here is a reality television game show series in which "celebrities" live together in a jungle environment with few luxuries, competing to win a cash prize for charity.

Originally developed in the United Kingdom by Granada Television for ITV and first shown in 2002, it is now produced by Granada Productions and licensed globally to countries including France, Hungary, India, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United States.

Contents

Format

On location in the 'Jungle' Dungay in north eastern NSW

In return for their appearance, celebrities nominate a charity to which Granada Television makes donations. The celebrities are paid a fee to compensate for loss of earnings. The producers keep the details of contracts private. The money is raised by allowing viewers to vote, by phone, text message or TV interactive service, for the celebrity to complete a "Bushtucker Trial" – a physical task usually involving snakes, spiders or other animals  – and, later each series, for the celebrity they would like to see win. The last celebrity, after others have been evicted, is the winner and named King or Queen of the Jungle.

Winners of the UK show are: Tony Blackburn in 2002, Phil Tufnell in 2003, Kerry Katona in 2004, Joe Pasquale also in 2004, Carol Thatcher in 2005, Matt Willis in 2006, Christopher Biggins in 2007, Joe Swash in 2008, and, most recently, Gino D'Acampo in 2009.

Popularity and criticism

The final of the second, third and fourth UK series were seen by 12.73, 14.99 and 11.43 million people. The show helped singer Peter Andre revive his career in 2004. However, it has come under fire:

  • The first complaint is that the show is trashy, consisting mainly of has-been celebrities trying to revive their careers. The UK Secretary of State for Culture, Tessa Jowell, was the most high-profile person to criticise the show. In an interview with the Financial Times during the second British series, she said, "If they weren't mostly – save their blushes – has-been celebrities, there might be more interest [...] I think that if we saw many more programming hours taken over by reality TV, I hope you'd begin to see a viewers' revolt."[1]
  • The second criticism of the show is that it pretends to be more wild than it actually is: Audiences are left with the impression that the celebrities are in the Australian Outback, far from any major settlement, whereas they are actually close to a luxury hotel and about 30 min drive to the Gold Coast, Queensland. Further, the camp site in which the celebrities stay appears to be open to the elements but is largely covered by sheets above the view of the cameras. In an episode of the British show, a celebrity had to swim in a swamp apparently infested with crocodiles – marksmen were shown ready to shoot the animals if they attacked. In actuality, the area where this is filmed does not have crocodiles because it is too far south.

Controversy over voting arose during the sixth series of the show when Toby Anstis was eliminated. It was revealed that both he and EastEnders actor Dean Gaffney had polled the bottom two amount of votes and that viewers had to vote again to save their favourite of the two. However many fans argue that this was not made clear. In the following days, The Sun ran an article that revealed Anstis' eviction had been the result of a mix-up which happened on the interactive "red button" vote – people normally use this to keep their favourites in the show, but it asked which one they wanted to vote out instead of in. When ITV bosses realised their mistake, they shut the service down, but Anstis' eviction sparked fury amongst fans.

CBS, broadcaster of the popular American reality show Survivor, unsuccessfully sued ABC and Granada TV over the program, alleging similarities.

Series

Key
     Winner
     Runner-up
     third place

British series

American series

The first season of the American version was originally aired by ABC in 2003. John Lehr was the host, and the ten contestants were Cris Judd, Melissa Rivers, "Stuttering" John Melendez, Bruce Jenner, Tyson Beckford, Maria Conchita Alonso, Downtown Julie Brown, Nikki Schieler Ziering, Alana Stewart, and Robin Leach. Judd won the series, with Rivers in second place, and Melendez placing third.

NBC bought the series, and the second season started on 1 June 2009, from Costa Rica. Myleene Klass and Damien Fahey were the hosts, and the original cast included Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Sanjaya Malakar,[2] John Salley, Janice Dickinson, Stephen Baldwin, Lou Diamond Phillips,[3] Torrie Wilson, Frangela, and Patricia Blagojevich [4]. Daniel Baldwin joined the cast in a later episode, and after Spencer and Heidi's final exit,[5] Heidi's sister, Holly Montag, joined the cast. Lou Diamond Phillips was the winner of season two.

German series

The winners of the series were Costa Cordalis (singer), Desiree Nick (actress), Ross Antony (singer, dancer, and moderator), and Ingrid van Bergen (actress).

Spain series

The Spanish series "Soy famoso ¡sacadme de aquí!". La Siete (Group Telecinco). Is the British version with Spanish subtitles.

French series

Je suis une célébrité, sortez-moi de là! is the French version of the series. The series contained just French celebrities with no foreigners and only had one season. The series follows the same version as their British counterparts however instead of the jungle being located in Australia it is instead broadcast from Teresópolis Brazil, and aired on French terrestrial channel TF1. Season One started in April, 2006. The shows hosts are Jean-Pierre Foucault and Christophe Dechavanne who are there to provide light relief.

12 contestants, 14–28 April 2006:

Celebrity
Richard Virenque
Filip Nikolic
Loana
Marielle Goitschel
Prince Charles-Philippe d'Orléans
Benjamin Bove
Indra
Omar Harfouch
Satya Oblet
Delphine de Turckheim
Agnès Soral
Sonia Dubois

Dutch series

The title for the Dutch version is Bobo's in the bush, "bobo" is popular slang for a rich and influential person.

Hungarian series

The Hungarian title is Celeb vagyok ... ments ki innen!. The shows hosts are Balázs Sebestyén, János Vadon and Lilu.

Indian series

The Indian variant of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here was called Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao and was shot at Taman Negara, Malaysian rain-forest.

The show opened with ten celebrities, namely, Marc Robinson, IshQ Bector, Chetan Hansraj, Akashhdeep Saigal, Shweta Tiwari, Anaida, Mona Wasu, Aman Verma, Fiza and Palak (Gurmeet Kaur)on 13 July 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television and was hosted by Mini Mathur and Yudishthir Urs.

Celebrity Notable for Entry Exit Finished
Mona Wasu TV Actress Day 1 Day 54 1st
Chetan Hansraj Model, Actor Day 1 Day 54 2nd
Anaida Model, Singer Day 1 Day 54 3rd
Akashh Deep Saigal Model, Actor Day 1 Day 52 4th
Jay Bhanushali Television Actor Day 22 Day 50 5th
Aman Yatan Verma Actor, Presenter Day 1 Day 47 6th
Kashmira Shah Actress Day 37 Day 46 (Quit) 7th
Marc Robinson Fashion Choreographer Day 1 Day 44 8th
Chitrashi Rawat Actress Day 22 Day 40 9th
Mika Singh Punjabi Singer Day 22 Day 33 10th
Negar Khan Actress Day 13 Day 26 11th
Palak Kaur Johal 3rd Runner-Up in Roadies- Hell Down Under Day 1 Day 19 12th
Shweta Tiwari TV Actress Day 1 Day 13 (Quit) 13th
Fiza Chand Mohammed Chand Mohammed Case Day 1 Day 12 14th
IshQ Bector Hip-Hop Singer Day 1 Day 5 15th

Swedish series

The Swedish series is called Kändisdjungeln (The Celebrity Jungle). It started on September 11, 2009 for 16 episodes. The show's hosts are David Hellenius and Tilde de Paula. The show was filmed in the jungles of Malaysia and the contestants first point of meeting up was in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia.

The contestants are:

Celebrity Age Notable for
Mikkey Dee 45 Motörhead Drummer
Bengt Frithiofsson 70 Wine Expert
Inger Nilsson 50 Actress
Ann Söderlund 37 Presenter and Journalist
Catarina Hurtig 35 Royal Correspondent
Rafael Edholm 43 Actor
Kennet Andersson 41 Footballer
Jannike Bjorling 42 Former Model
Thorleif Torstensson 60 Singer
Katarina Hultling 54 Sports Reporter
Karl Petter Bergvall 26 Farmer, Reality TV Star

See also

References

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