I PRAY I DON'T SLEEPWALK IN THE JUNGLE; Soap pin-up Gemma tells of fear CELEBRITIES FACE THE TOUGHEST TRIALS YET IN THE AUSTRALIAN RAINFOREST.
STARS are ready for the perils of snakes, spiders, rats and other things that go bump in the night on I'm A Celebrity ...Get Me Out of Here.
But new jungle queen hopeful Gemma Atkinson reckons the most frightening thing in the Aussie rainforest this time could be ... HER.
The Hollyoaks actress, who will have her 23rd birthday in the jungle, admits she could scare her fellow contestants - and herself - by sleepwalking, sleep-talking and snoring.
Gemma, previously linked to Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo, is one of 10 contestants who will enter the jungle on Monday for what producers say will be the most terrifying series so far.
From the music world, there will be former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews and "J"Brown, formerly of boyband Five.
Familiar faces from the telly include former EastEnder Marc Bannerman and Janice Dickinson, who claims the title of the world's first supermodel and has hosted hit reality shows.
There will also be Glasgow-based Changing Rooms designer Anna Ryder Richardson, chef John Burton Race, football pundit Rodney Marsh and PR guru Lynne Franks.
Gemma admits she's worried about the trouble she could get into through her nocturnal activities.
She said: "I'll maybe go swimming when I'm asleep 'cos you can do all sorts can't you?
"My mum's found me in my wardrobe. She's found me at the top of the stairs. And luckily I've been woken up by my mum saying, 'Gemma what are you doing?'
"But in there I could be woken up by a bite on the ankle or something.
"I'm just hoping I don't do anything or you know get in bed with anybody when I'm asleep."
Gemma has already made one big mistake, revealing her phobias, which include snakes and long-necked animals such as ostriches and emus.
That means producers could have some special "treats" lined up for her.
Trials executive producer Chris Lore said yesterday: "The Bushtucker Trials are worse than ever before. They're terrible, they're horrible - and I wouldn't wish them on my favourite celebrity.
"We're going to bring back many of our old favourites but there are certain things that are more horrifying than ever.
"One new item on the menu is alive and it flies but you won't find it on many menus elsewhere in the world and it will shock you."
The stars are all approaching the challenge in different ways.
Marc Bannerman, 34, who played Gianni de Marco in EastEnders, claimed jokingly he had been practising for the Trials - by chewing on his cat's naughty bits.
Anna Ryder Richardson, 43, claimed she wasn't worried about the trials but her own wind.
She said: "My children have asked me if I've ever farted. I say no, which is awful, bringing them up to think that."
Malcolm McLaren, 61, could be the man most likely to cause trouble in the jungle. He said: "I am probably the number one person for not obeying any kind of rules. I am utterly irresponsible, I am completely childish, and probably everything this production team and society hate so there you go."
Then there's Manchester City striker turned football pundit Rodney Marsh.
The 63-year old was fired from Sky Sports two years ago for a joke about the Boxing Day tsunami.
He said: "I think it might be a tinderbox with me. If someone starts talking complete b******* for a long time I might have to say something."
Fiery Welsh singer Cerys Matthews, 38, is newly single and hoping for some kind of romance in the jungle.
But Janice Dickinson, 52, says she wants to be "den mother" and believes people will relate to her because she is "real, except for my tits."
Another would-be mother figure is Lynne Franks, 59, who founded a PR empire and was supposedly the inspiration for Edina, played by Jennifer Saunders, in Absolutely Fabulous.
THE jungle has 23 species of snake, seven of which are deadly. It also has two of the world's deadliest spiders - the redback and the funnel web. There are also bull ants, scorpions, millipedes and centipedes.
A SCARY bug is on the menu this year in the old bush tucker trial, renamed "Meal or No Meal". Producer Chris Lore said: "It's alive and it flies but you won't find it on many menus elsewhere in the world. It will shock you."
THIS year's tasks will include Grave Danger - where the contestant is buried alive - Wheel Of Misfortune, involving some poor celeb being strapped to a moving wheel, and Rumble Rally - driving a motor across water.
OUTWARD BOUND: Gemma Atkinson and, from top, Lynne Franks, Rodney Marsh, Marc Bannerman, Malcolm McLaren and John Burton Race. Below, singer Cerys Matthews gets friendly with some of the wildlife. Opposite page, Jason "J" Brown, Anna Ryder Richardson and, inset, Janice Dickinson
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Nov 10, 2007|
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