Steve Davis adapts to jungle life.
I have stated before on my blog that I don’t follow soaps or reality shows, not for reasons of snobbery or whatever, just I find them boring. Except, the exception proves the rule.
In 2009 I followed “I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here!” for the sole reason that Jimmy “The Whirlwind” White, the snooker legend, had entered the jungle.
I wrote then, on my old Blogger blog, now closed:
“The left-handed Jimmy is the greatest player never to have won the world championships; he was runner-up SIX times. He is a cheery chappie and well loved by the British.
But hanging up his cue to eat bugs and swim in shark-infested seas in Australia? Obviously, he needs the money.
The now chubby Jimmy (he used to be razor-thin when he was young) said after the first few days of his adventure:
“The hardest part of it so far for me is not knowing what’s going on, not knowing where we’re going, what we’re doing and we still ain’t got anywhere.”
That quote could about sum up my life!”
My cartoon of Jimmy White who lost a lot of weight during his jungle stint.
And I thoroughly enjoyed watching Jimmy lose weight – from 15stone 10lb (220 pounds or 99.79 kilograms) to 14st 2lb – a drop of 1st 8lb (22 pounds or 10 kilograms), and ending up third in the competition. I thought that was the last time I would venture into the jungle.
But then last year I noticed that Eric Bristow, MBE, the legendary five times world darts champion, was taking part. So I tuned in again to watch Eric and a bunch of C-listers get down and dirty in the jungle, and wrote about it here.
Again, I thought that would be that.
But no, this year Steve Davis, one of the greatest snooker players ever, is taking part! (I love my snooker and played for several years in the Paris Championship).
I don’t get British TV here in Paris so every morning I go to YouTube and download the previous night’s broadcast.
I’m thoroughly enjoying this year’s show, and even more so because I found out that my daughter is also following the antics of the stars in the jungle. So now we chat about what happens everyday while my wife and son look askance at us.
This year’s contestants are: Steve Davis, 56; Rebecca Adlington, 24, Olympic swimming champion; Joey Essex, 23, reality TV star; Kian Egan, 33, ex-member of boyband Westlife; David Emanuel, 61, Royal fashion designer; Laila Morse, 68, EastEnders actress and sister of Gary Oldman; Alfonso Ribeiro, 42, American actor and director; Matthew Wright, 48, TV presenter and journalist; Lucy Pargeter, 36, British actress; and Amy Willerton, 21, British model and Miss Universe Great Britain.
Apparently, this year’s celebs are the worst-paid lot since the show began. Still, their loot for three weeks in the jungle ain’t shabby.
Kian Egan is trousering £100,000, Rebecca Adlington gets £80,000, Joey Essex £60,000, Lucy Pargeter and Matthew Wright £50,000, Alfonso Ribeiro £40,000, Steve Davis £30,000 and Amy Willerton £25,000. The rest must be in that neck of the woods financially as well, so to speak.
Who’s going to win and be named the last man or woman standing? I think King of the Jungle might be between Joey “reem!” Essex and David Emanuel. Queen of the Jungle could be Amy Willerton or even the oldster Laila Morse.