‘I wasn’t determined to be there’: Babatúndé Aleshe is the first star to yell ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!’ as he FORFEITS terrifying opening challenge The Ledge
The hit ITV show kicked off on Sunday and viewers have already witnessed a star yell out I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! forfeiting a challenge and star for camp.
During the launch show, ten celebrities were whisked away from their lives of luxury as their journey in Australia begun with three terrifying challenges.
Comedian Babatúndé Aleshe ‘wasn’t determined’ to face his fear as he took on The Ledge at the towering Focus building.
Oh no: The hit ITV show kicked off on Sunday and viewers have already witnessed comedian Babatúndé Aleshe yell out I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! forfeiting a challenge
Babatúndé was joined by Loose Women’s Charlene White and retired England Lioness Jill Scott to attempt to win stars for camp by walking the plank.
Presenters Ant and Dec greeted the celebs at the top of the Australian building explaining what they had to face to gain the stars for camp.
Ant said: ‘One at a time you’ve got to walk to the end of your planks. When all three of you are in position, on our cue, you’ve got to step onto the yellow ledge at the very end. You’ve got to lean forward, using a rope behind you to stop you falling off.’
Launch show: Ten celebrities were whisked away from their lives of luxury as their journey in Australia begun with three terrifying challenges (pictured left to right Jill Scott, Babatunde and Charlene White)
Dec added to the terrified trio: ‘There are three stars up for grabs here, each one of them is worth a meal for camp tonight.
‘You need to remain on the ledge for 60 seconds. When the time’s up, in order to win your star, all you have to do is let go of the rope. Then gravity will take over.’
Ant noted: ‘If you fall from the ledge before your 60 seconds is up, you’ll automatically lose your star.’
A nervous Babatúndé joked: ‘It’s windy, that’s contributing to the water in my eyes…’
Scared: Babatúndé ‘wasn’t determined’ to face his fear as he took on The Ledge at the towering Focus building where he had to walk the plank and remain on the ledge for 60 seconds before letting go of the rope to win the star and meal for camp
Jill said: ‘This is a very difficult task to get one star. I think you should get 10 if you complete this.’
Charlene was up first and walked bit by bit to the end of the plank and waited for Babatúndé to reach the end of his next.
The comedian attempted to urge himself on by telling himself: ‘Just go! Just go!’ but instead freaked out and yelled: ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’ being the first celeb of the new series to quit a challenge early.
The task continued as Charlene waited for Jill to get to the end of her plank before they could both lean forward and complete the 60 seconds.
Wow: He was joined by Loose Women’s Charlene White (right) and retired England Lioness Jill Scott (centre) who both completed the trial earning two stars for the camp
The pair both let go of the rope to complete the task and therefore earned two stars for camp.
Following the challenge Charlene admitted: ‘It’s going to take me a long time to process it.’
Babatúndé added about forfeiting his star: ‘I said I was determined to be here. I wasn’t determined to be there [pointing to the plank].’
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is back in Australia once again for it’s 22nd series after two years of forced relocation prompted by the global coronavirus pandemic.
Reflecting: Jill said: ‘This is a very difficult task to get one star. I think you should get 10 if you complete this’ as Charlene admitted: ‘It’s going to take me a long time to process it’
Charlene, Babatúndé and Jill will be joined by rugby star Mike Tindall, 80s hitmaker Boy George, Love Island star Olivia Attwood and DJ Chris Moyles.
As well as Hollyoaks star Owen Warner, A Place In The Sun presenter Scarlette Douglas and Coronation Street actress Sue Cleaver.
It was revealed last week that Matt Hancock is also heading to the Australian jungle as a surprise late arrival.
ITV bosses have confirmed to MailOnline that this year’s show, which returns to Australia for the first time in two years following the global pandemic on Sunday, will be the toughest ever for celebrities – with 24 trials to face in 21 shows.
During the first episode, the other eight celebrities took on two terrifying challenges – Skydiving and The Critter Cruise.
I’M A CELEBRITY 2022: THE FULL LINEUP
CLAIM TO FAME: Legendary pop star
PHOBIAS: Being scared
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am going straight into the jungle from playing at various festivals and gigs
ROLE IN THE CAMP: In-house dietician reassuring everyone that they will be ok on the jungle diet. And entertainer – I will sing!
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a very positive person and I don’t bear any grudges
DREAM CAMPMATE: It would be funny if my ex, Jon Moss, comes on the programme -but I don’t think that will happen!
CLAIM TO FAME: Radio DJ
PHOBIAS: I am petrified of heights. I ended up carrying the bags when we took my girlfriend’s niece once to Go Ape as I am so petrified!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? A friend’s birthday, a wedding, and Leeds United matches
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer. Hopefully I can help shorten everyone’s boredom.
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hiding food! I am going to fly out early and sneak into the jungle and hide pot noodles everywhere, then I will be everyone’s best friend!
DREAM CAMPMATE: Ant and Dec…let’s see how they cope for 24 hours!
CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street
PHOBIAS: Don’t be ridiculous! I am not going to admit to what I fear most!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Coronation Street and we are expecting another grandchild any day, so hopefully it will arrive before I fly out to Australia.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will be more of a mum – that is where I will naturally fit.
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I am a good listener, so hopefully I will be a friendly ear for everyone.
DREAM CAMPMATE: Good Morning Britain’s Richard Arnold. He is my TV husband and it would be lovely to have an ally in camp!
CLAIM TO FAME: Presenter of A Place In The Sun
PHOBIAS: Spiders. There is no point in lying about it! I’ve got an irrational fear about them
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Just a holiday which I can postpone
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum, cook and morale booster. I always like to look at the positive side in life
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I will be good at making sure everything is tidy in camp
DREAM CAMPMATE: Mo Gilligan. He is hilarious and I totally fancy him!
CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian
PHOBIAS: I am scared of absolutely everything. Snakes, rats – I am fearful of them all and I am dreading the trials
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I was going on tour but we’ve postponed it now until next year
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Tension breaker. If I can break tension anywhere it starts up in the camp, then I will do that. We don’t need to be bickering as it will be a first-time experience for everyone
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hopefully I will bring some humour to the camp
DREAM CAMPMATE: I am a big Arsenal fan and so any ex-Arsenal player would be great. I am looking forward to chatting to Ant & Dec about football
CLAIM TO FAME: Rugby Union player and married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall
PHOBIAS: I haven’t admitted to having any phobias but in a weird way, I am looking forward to taking part in the trials!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My podcast series and the rugby Internationals this autumn
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Morning motivator. I would like to see everyone get on well and us all have a great experience
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a positive person
DREAM CAMPMATE: Samuel L Jackson would be cool. He has lived the life!
CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Romeo Nightingale in Hollyoaks
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I am a big fan of football so I will miss watching the start of the World Cup
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer and games coordinator
BEST ATTRIBUTE: It is definitely not my cooking skills or brains!
DREAM CAMPMATE: Any of the Leicester City starting 11!
CLAIM TO FAME: ITV newsreader and Loose Women anchor
PHOBIAS: I am not sure what my fear factor will be because I’ve never had rodents, spiders and snakes crawling all over me!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My children’s annual school ball which I am gutted about
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and cook. I don’t mind falling into that position
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I like to listen and talk. I love learning about people and I have a natural curiosity for people
DREAM CAMPMATE: Colin Murray and Richard Osman
CLAIM TO FAME: Retired England Lioness
PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats and the thought of being underground fills me with fear!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? The Men’s World Cup. I am going to find it weird not being able to know how the men are getting on in the tournament. Hopefully they will still be in the tournament when I come out of the jungle
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Helping hand. I like to help people if they aren’t having a good day
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hard worker. I will always find a way to add value. I am also very honest
DREAM CAMPMATE: Another sports person would be great as it would be someone to bounce ideas off.
CLAIM TO FAME: Love Island star
PHOBIAS: I hate the dark so I’m keen to avoid any challenges in the darkness
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, had the show been on air any later, I could have missed my sister’s wedding
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Clown. I was always the class clown at school and I love having a laugh
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t take myself seriously and I have got a good sense of humour
DREAM CAMPMATE: A pop legend like Dolly Parton who has amazing stories to tell
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