As the first celebrity to be voted off this year’s series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Arlene Phillips is in prime position to spill the beans on what life has been like in the Welsh castle this year.
It’s fair to say this series has suffered more than its fair share of misfortune. First Richard Madeley was forced to leave the show early, after being rushed to hospital as a precautionary measure (which meant he left the castle’s ‘Covid bubble’ and therefore was unable to return).
Then an intruder had to be removed from the castle, before Storm Arwen took hold and destroyed the production base, forcing the celebrities to be evacuated from camp and the live shows canceled for three days.
Monday night’s show saw the first celebrity voted off. At 78 years old, dance choreographer and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips was the show’s oldest ever contestant. Having left the castle on Monday, Arlene has spoken to Good Morning Britain about her time in the castle, describing it as ‘an adventure of a lifetime’, although she admitted it was more challenging that she anticipated.
She also divulged on what really happened when the celebs had to evacuate for a few days – and it sounds like it wasn’t much better than castle life.
‘We definitely didn’t get our phones back. I wish, she said. ‘The only thing we had to watch was Netflix. No news, no family contact, nothing.’
‘We spent a day in the castle. We didn’t know where we were going to go, what was going to happen. And then we were taken into isolation. We all had separate houses and there was some food waiting for us. We were totally isolated.’
‘It was very strange because you are out of the castle but you are still in isolation.’
So, no sneaky contact with loved ones, but Arlene did manage to find some perks: ‘For me it was great because I managed to get delivered my Josh Wood (hair dye) and I could do my roots. That was the biggest thrill of a lifetime, to go back without my roots showing. It was a good thing for me.
‘And then we went back into the castle we just immediately got on with the job in hand, getting everything prepared. It was cold, we had to make the fire, get on with it.’
The show continues for another five days, with the finale scheduled for 12 December.