With smash-hit ITV series I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! making it’s eagerly anticipated return to our screens on Sunday, November 21, speculation on the nature of this year’s Bushtucker Trials is already well underway.
I’m A Celebrity is famous for its tough challenges, often bringing stars uncomfortably close with all manner of creatures
The 12 celebs for this year’s line up have now been officially confirmed but how well are they aware of the dangers that lie ahead?
Risk experts I’m Insured have carried out a full assessment of the trials that were featured in last year’s Gwrych Castle as well as those from previous series’, to rank the six most DANGEROUS trials and the ones that will prove the most challenging to the newest celeb recruits.
The trials’ ‘danger ranking’ is based on factors such as unpredictability, as well as severity of injury and likelihood of fatality.
But which Bushtucker Trial will be ranked as the most dangerous?
6. Frightening Feast
Coming in at number six of the most dangerous challenges to be taken on by unlucky celebs are the legendary eating challenges, such as ‘Frightening Feast’.
Recognised as the most controversial and stomach-churning Bushtucker Trial, it’s also considered to be the one that most viewers tune in to watch every year.
Having to swallow everything from sheep testicles to a crocodile penis, this task is infamous for it’s tendency to dish out the most gruesome of grub for the contestants to eat.
However, this challenge can come with some serious health consequences…
In 2011, stand-up comedian Freddie Starr was rushed to hospital in Australia after he suffered suspected food poisoning following an eating challenge.
After wolfing down a ‘dodgy’ fermented egg alongside TOWIE star Mark Wright in order to win some food for his fellow camp-mates, the late-great comic and impressionist was left extremely poorly.
Despite the show’s producers regularly claiming that a lot of attention goes into the food hygiene on the show, it can be difficult to identify bacteria.
If a food product is not prepared or cooked properly, it can sometimes contain bacterial and worm infestations, and in the worst case scenario, faecal contamination.
In spite of this, the Risk Assessment Calculator, which uses a simplified risk matrix to calculate a hazard’s likelihood and severity, said that for eating trials the risk of fatality is low at 2.33/10.
5. Fill Your Face
Many of the iconic creepy and crawly critter challenges are the source of amusement for many I’m A Celeb fans, with celebs flapping around and screaming for them to get off!
But experts have said that Bushtucker Trials that comprise of millions of bugs racing all over your head, such as 2011’s ‘Fill Your Face’ challenge, could potentially be very dangerous.
Back in 2011 again, Olympic javelin thrower Fatima Whitbread had to receive urgent assistance from the I’m A Celeb medical team after one of the 7,500 cockroaches that had been poured in a fishbowl around her head had crawled up her nose.
The trial was stopped immediately and the show’s legendary chief medic Bob brought a syringe filled with water to Fatima’s aid.
Despite taking a long-time for the bug to be freed, Bob eventually flushed it out of her nostril.
Although this challenge might appear relatively harmless from the outset, it is evidently not completely hazard-free.
The risk assessment ranked the task as the fifth most dangerous, as potential bug bites and blocked orifices are rather likely.
The likelihood of fatality was rated 2.67/10.
4. Celebrity Cyclone
Let’s be honest, everyone waits patiently for the unmissable Celebrity Cyclone challenge every single year.
Who doesn’t want to see their favourite celeb blown onto their bottoms by almighty gusts of wind, or washed away by colossal tsunami-style waves?
However, experts have stated that the risks that come with a wet assault course are rather severe.
Though the Celebrity Cyclone might not appear as terrifying as being buried alive with 100+ snakes, many big names have fallen victim to injuries obtained whilst completing the course, namely actor and presenter John Barrowman who badly hurt his ankle back in 2018.
Despite the risk of death sitting relatively low at 3.33/10, there is still the possibility that one poor celeb might be subject to a slips, bruising, broken bones or in the worst case, head trauma.
3. Viper Vault
Trials that consist of celebrities being ‘buried alive’, such as last year’s Viper Vault, are often the subject of ethical conversations as many of the contestants claim to suffer with claustrophobia.
However, it’s not just the fear of tight spaces that has celebrities quaking in their jungle boots.
There are a number of potential deathtraps involved in this challenge, particularly the unpredictability of the snakes’ behaviour which means that they could bite and attack the contestants in self defence, or even attempt to strangle them.
Zoonotic diseases that can be carried between reptiles and humans are also a risk.
Last year’s contestants, Radio 1 DJ Jordan North and EastEnders legend Shane Ritchie, took part in a terrifying ‘buried alive’ task where they battled for stars whilst trapped in a vault filled with terrifying snakes.
The rating given for the risk of death for these such challenges is 3.44/10.
Underwater-based Bushtucker Trials are understandably seen as some of the most dangerous. This is why these challenges are second in the list.
Year after year, ITV viewers witness contestants being locked inside a water tank alongside a mixture of underwater critters in order to earn meals for their fellow camp-mates.
After taking part in water trial Sub-Merged back in 2013, TOWIE star Joey Essex told viewers that he “feared for his life” as he was dropped into a submarine in an attempt to bag some stars.
Since the show moved from Australia to Wales last year however, a number of previously popular recurring trials have been swapped for more location-appropriate alternatives, which explains why no underwater challenges aired in 2020.
Rumours have been circulating about a water trial taking place at the Welsh lake Llyn Brenig this year.
The risk of death has been rated 3.67/10.
1. The abseil
Last year’s series of I’m A Celeb saw Jordan North vomiting on television after being challenged to plummet down the face of a cliff.
The heart-stopping heights trials have now replaced the legendary Down Under skydives that we have been familiar with for over a decade.
Therefore 2020 marked the first year that contestants were forced to abseil off a cliff whilst attempting to retrieve the collection of rucksacks.
Despite being the guinea pigs for this type of challenge, this does not take away from the severe level of riskiness that it involved.
Factors such as anchor and equipment failures, which could see the celebs unravelling from the sole piece of rope holding them up, as well as rockfall, have led the experts to place abseil challenges as the highest risk trials on the show, scoring 6.22/10.
The new series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! starts Sunday, November 21 at 9pm on ITV.
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