I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here is losing steamChristine Sams
Published: February 9 2018 - 8:25AM
It is the television series named and famed for one phrase only: "I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!"
Network Ten has confirmed under the rules of the show, both in Australia and the UK, the phrase can be used by a celebrity to halt a challenge or leave the series.
How producers know which actual decision it is, when the words are uttered out loud randomly by a celebrity, is anybody's guess.
Clearly because the show is heavily edited to be condensed into its evening timeslot, some discussions must go on behind-the-scenes.
Viewers do know, though, the phrase has been uttered out loud three times on-air already in this year's series of the Network Ten show. The first two times by Bernard Tomic - once in a challenge and once to leave the series - and the third time by American singer Tiffany Darwish (during a tucker trial), although she remains in the camp.
Anthony Mundine instead departed with the words "I'm The Man … Get Me Out of Here". The Project host Waleed Aly surely wasn't the only Australian who noticed Mundine did not use the official phrase to exit the jungle set.
"He didn't actually say the words, so does that mean he is still the competition?" Aly asked, jokingly, when the panel were discussing Mundine's shock exit. Ten probably wishes this was the case.
Despite his controversial and often offensive views, the loss of Mundine is a huge blow to their star line-up and continued promotion of a 'rumble in the jungle' between Mundine and his boxing rival Danny Green.
There is no way they would have expected Mundine to throw the towel in so early, particularly given the big-budget promotions surrounding his presence on the show. It comes on top of the loss of tennis player Tomic, who was another household name for this series.
Host Julia Morris summed up Ten's situation at the end of Thursday night's episode when she said "what is going on? We have two people gone ... even before the eliminations have begun". Her co-host Chris Brown described it as "the season of shocks".
Clearly Ten's scriptwriters are flailing about for a new catchphrase for this year's series. Their real problem is, however, the "season of shocks" may have already happened within the first fortnight of viewing.
The greatest challenge now facing I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! is actually a complete lack of shock factor. Without Mundine, without his rivalry with Green and without Tomic, it is starting to look a little bland.
Ten will no doubt rally to keep people interested despite the loss of two of the biggest names on the show. But at this early stage in the series, there is only one catchphrase they truly need to be concerned about: "I'm a viewer … get me out of here!"
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