Louise Minchin ‘terrified’ as she braves first I’m A Celeb task ‘Can’t think of worse’
20th November 2021

BBC Breakfast: Louise Minchin thanks everyone on her last day

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On Sunday night, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly will be back to present the latest series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! The comedy duo will make a return to Gwrych Castle in North Wales where 10 celebrities will be swapping a life of luxury for the Welsh countryside.

This year’s celebrities taking part in the ITV show are Loose Women panellist Frankie Bridge, former BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin, music producer Naughty Boy, and GMB presenter Richard Madeley.

The other stars joining them will be Olympic gold medalist Matty Lee, Paralympic gold medalist Kadeena Cox MBE, football legend David Ginola, Dame Arlene Phillips, Radio 1Xtra DJ Snoochie Shy and Emmerdale actor Danny Miller.

In a preview of the first task, which will air on Sunday night, the celebrities were split into two groups.

One by one, four of the celebrities were driven through the Welsh mountains to arrive at a stately home. David was the first to arrive followed by Kadeena.

Arlene was next to join the eager team, followed by Matty before the helicopter came to pick them up.

The other group of celebrities were driven along the Welsh coastline to a house overlooking the sea.

When the helicopter landed, the stars saw what their first challenge would be – and they all looked terrified.

Ant and Dec joined them shortly after to explain what their first challenge was.

Ant began: “This year is going to be tougher than ever, all the celebrities will face gruelling challenges on their way to the castle to win the keys to the Castle.”

Dec continued: “And you will all face the first challenge, but not as a team.

“Instead, you will be going head to head. In this first challenge, Louise you will face Danny and Naughty Boy you will face Snoochie.

“The winning team will get to pick which two celebrities from the other group who will represent them in the next challenge.”

“The team that wins the keys will have access to the main camp in the Castle, where you will get a bed, a warm fire and you will eat tonight,” Ant added.

“Whilst the losers will be banished to the Castle Clink and be on basic rations. Not the place you want to be.”

Explaining what they had to do, Dec said: “In front of you are two planks, which get narrower as you progress out over the quarry.

“You must step over the gaps in the planks and make your way to the yellow gameplay zone at the end, which is 213 feet above the lake. Once you are both there, the game will begin.”

His co-star continued: “Between the planks is a stack of lights. The red lights will start to flash and when the green light comes on, you must press the button with your foot. The first celebrity to hit their button will win and the loser will be dropped from their plank.”

The first two stars to go head-to-head were Louise and Danny. The former BBC Breakfast presenter admitted to the hosts she was terrified.

“I can’t think of many things worse than this right now,” Louise told them. “It’s terrifying.”

Once Louise and Danny started to play the game, the infamous ‘plank wobble’ returned as they tried to keep their balance 213 feet above the quarry lake.

Who will be the quickest to press their green button?

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! airs on Sunday at 9pm on ITV.

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