I’m A Celeb’s Sabrina Washington thinks Jordan is ‘playing up to the cameras’

I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! star Sabrina Washington, who appeared on the programme in 2009, will be giving her take on the latest castle gossip from this year's show.

The 42-year-old former Mis-teeq member, who will be Daily Star Online's I'm A Celeb columnist, loves the fact that all of the celebs started in one camp this year, as opposed to the traditional two-camp split, but isn't a fan of Jordan and found it hard to warm to Giovanna.

Sabrina says:

Among all the uncertainty this year has brought, I think it’s fair to say we were all relieved about the return of I’m A Celebrity, albeit set in Wales. It was great to see Ant and Dec back on form. I found it was reassuring to see them, a bit of continuity.

The first thing that really struck me was how shocked I was to see people hugging. Any interaction less than two metres apart is now alien to us and a bit unsettling, but at the same time it reminded us of what life used to be like. Our own memories are distancing from the past.

Another thing I took away from it was how long-winded it was. As much as I love the show, it did feel slightly static and the driving and helicopter parts were more dragged out than usual.

However the entire setting is completely different and everyone’s trying to settle into their groove. I absolutely love that they’ve put all the celebrities into one camp from the very beginning. Usually the camps are divided into Snake Rock and Croc Creek, so it made a nice change to see them all in it together from the very beginning!

That being said, as much as it’s all about being in it together, it will be everyone for themselves for camera time, especially contending with the likes of Jordan North.

Jordan North

And the Oscar for Best Dramatic Performance goes to Jordan. I’m sorry but I really didn’t buy that whole routine on the cliff.

I mean I was scared of heights and ended up skydiving out of the plane, but I wanted to conquer that fear, which I did. However, if you were genuinely that fearful, you wouldn’t do it at all.

I think he was very clever in how he’s played it. It’s fair to say he wasn’t the most well known going in but his dramatics have stolen the show and the whole nation is now talking about him, which is great for him.

Social media went into meltdown and are already pining for him to do all the trials, which goes back to my original point about camera time.

Jordan will definitely become the Gillian McKeith of the camp, but that will only take him so far. Viewers will begin to get bored if that’s all he can do. He will need to win them over with his personality if he stands a chance of going far.

Beverley Callard


Everyone is talking about Beverley Callard and I’m not surprised – she’s proven herself to be strong, compassionate, warm and brave.

I met her last year when she took a break from Corrie to star in new play The Thunder Girls, alongside Coleen Nolan (the ex of the great Shane Richie) and I have to say, what you see with Bev is exactly what you get.

My heart warmed when she was telling Jordan at the end ahead of the first trial to enjoy it. She’s definitely going to take on the role of Mother Hen, but the campmates shouldn’t take her kindness for weakness. If she’s anything like her character in Corrie, she’ll have a feisty side and you cross her at your peril.

Vernon Kay


Vernon and I would often bump into each other back in the day, when I was in Mis-Teeq and he was presenting T4. We were on T4 a lot back then and Vernon’s always been a lovely guy.

His life has changed so dramatically what with becoming a dad. He says he’s doing this for his kids, but I think he will really start to miss them soon. Being in camp is such an emotional time, you’re cut off from the rest of the world, there’s generally a lack of food and usually there’s a time difference. The cold and darkness will definitely make it tougher and drain you quicker.

It’ll be interesting to see how he fares in the other trials. A lot of people reckon it’ll be a walk in the park for him, being tall and a gym bunny, but I’m not entirely convinced. Everyone needs to stop assuming that big, strong men are good in the trials.

Most of the trials involve you being squashed into such small spaces, so poor Vernon’s size will actually be a disadvantage. He’s seriously a giant, it will be slightly Gulliver’s Travels. I just hope for his sake he’s not claustrophobic like our beloved Gemma Collins.

Sir Mo Farah

I’m really taking to him so far, he’s getting really into it and is proving himself to be a team player, which is really something considering he competes in a solo sport. So long as he’s able to maintain this, it will definitely see him in good stead.

My worry for him would be if the food begins to run thin, will his athlete’s competitive nature come out and start to become counterproductive to camp? There’s a very real chance of that happening and athletes are famously the hangry type, especially in my series!

This leads me nicely onto Hollie…

Hollie Arnold

Hollie is a fantastic signing, especially for disability representation. She’s proving to everyone that having a disability doesn’t have to limit you.

However, I echo the words about Sir Mo. Athletes, by the very nature of being athletes, are overly competitive and if they feel the others aren’t pulling their weight in trials, we can definitely expect fireworks from them.

Another thing Hollie, yes, you should absolutely be proud of your MBE, but we don’t need to hear it every five seconds – especially when we have a Sir in camp.

Shane Richie

Who doesn’t love Alfie Moon, I mean Shane Richie?! I’ve always loved EastEnders, in fact the moment I felt I really made it was when I heard Scandalous being played in the show's cafe.

Anyway, Shane’s always been a natural entertainer. He can sing and tell jokes, so I think he’ll definitely keep the camp entertained as well as the viewers at home. He’ll be the much needed tonic if things start going downhill with the others. Laughter is a commodity in there.

Victoria Derbyshire

I really like her and her enthusiasm. My worry would be she’ll burn out too soon though. You do have to preserve your energy. I’m silently optimistic for her though and look forward to see her journey grow.

Jessica Plummer

Absolutely love Jessica, she’s really sweet and is definitely going to be a tough cookie. I see her really getting stuck into camp life and the trials, I think she’ll get on with everyone and could potentially be the peacemaker in camp. She’s the one to watch.

Giovanna Fletcher

I’ve found it really hard to warm to her so far. She seems sweet and a bit overly-animated like a YouTuber, or children’s TV presenter. We haven’t really been able to see what she’s really about yet. At the moment, she’s there but hasn’t really stood out.

AJ Pritchard

This year’s young eye candy, he just had to strip off within the first five minutes of arriving into the main camp. To be honest, that was the most action we saw from him all evening, as he did fade into the background.

It really surprised me, as I did have high hopes for him. He’s used to being in front of the camera on Strictly and spearheading a reality TV dynasty with his brother Curtis from Love Island.

With Giovanna and AJ, it will go one way or the other. They’ll either really come into their own and be great campmates or as the hunger and tiredness sets in, they’ll fade into the background.

I know I keep going on about this, but I cannot stress enough about the lack of food. I predict Vernon, Mo and Hollie are going to feel it the most and they’re really going to need to really brace themselves for some dark moments hunger wise.

I predict tempers flaring over the next couple days if they aren’t successful in the trials so I’ve got everything crossed for them!

In my series, Gino D’Acampo, Stuart Manning and former heavyweight boxer Joe Bugner really struggled with the restricted calories – but I wasn't too bad to be fair.

I’ve always been quite lucky in terms of my weight but before I went in to I’m A Celeb, I was so nervous about the infamous shower, but once you’re there it becomes normal life.

By the time I was in the Jungle I found the staple diet of rice and beans – with the occasional batch of ostrich eggs if you smashed a trial – a bit of a luxury if anything!

However, I definitely missed crisps. Sorry, but you’re not normal if you don’t miss crisps.

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