I’m A Celeb South Africa: ‘A match made in heaven!’ Shaun Ryder buries the hatchet with Gillian McKeith as unlikely pals pair up for latest task – during which Happy Mondays star reveals he was a DJ for Mexican cartels
Shaun Ryder and Gillian McKeith buried the hatchet as they were paired up for the first Chest Challenge of I’m A Celebrity… South Africa during Tuesday’s episode, leaving viewers stunned.
The pair originally competed on series 10 of the original I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2010 with Shaun, 60, saying saying of experience with Gillian: ‘I almost killed her!’
However, they were all smiles as they took on the challenge, called Lost Connection, in a bid to win a treat for the camp.
Gillian admitted: ‘I have no idea how Shaun and I are going to get along.’
As they left Janice Dickinson remarked: ‘That could be World War 3!’
On good terms: Shaun Ryder, 60, and Gillian McKeith, 63, buried the hatchet as they were paired for the first Chest Challenge of I’m A Celebrity… South Africa during Tuesday’s episode
Best pals? They were all smiles as they took on the challenge, called Lost Connection, in a bid to win a treat for the camp
The pair cheerfully made small talk and laughed along with each other as they attempted to crack a code and patch up wires in the style of an old telephone exchange.
If they plugged the wires into the correct holes, a series of bulbs lit up, and once they were all shining, they won their prize.
The pair had to use the international dialling codes of countries on a map to crack the code
As they attempted to name the countries on the map, Shaun was in good spirits as he recalled being banned from America for 10 years, prompting him to spend a lot of time in Cuba.
He also told how he would jet out to and play for the cartels in Mexico, with the star cheekily grinning as he described the amount he was paid for the gigs as ‘enough’.
The pair’s interaction left viewers of the show both stunned and delighted, with one person writing on Twitter: ‘Never thought I’d see the day where gillian and Shaun would be getting on like a house on fire.’
‘I love Shaun and Gillian’s friendship arch,’ wrote someone else.
‘Shaun and Gillian were lovely together. Heart warming,’ posted another viewer.
Task: The pair cheerfully made small talk and laughed along with each other as they attempted to crack a code and patch up wires in the style of an old telephone exchange
Reaction: The pair’s interaction left viewers of the show both stunned and delighted, with many taking to Twitter to share their views
One other viewer exclaimed: ‘Gillian & Shaun are a MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN!’
While someone else asked: ‘Do I need to buy a new hat for Shaun and Gillian’s wedding?’
‘Well that took a turn with shaun ad gillian they’re buddies now,’ tweeted one person.
While someone else wrote: ‘Shaun and Gillian the duo I didn’t know I needed.’
It comes after a red-faced Shaun appeared as if he was trembling with fury as his nemesis Gillian entered the I’m A Celebrity… South Africa camp during Tuesday’s episode.
Television nutritionist Gillian was the last famous contestant to make her debut on the all-stars series on Monday night, with Happy Mondays singer Shaun’s reaction being teased at the end of Monday’s series opener.
Gillian popped out from a container after being brought in by several men carrying the box, with Shaun looking on as beads of sweat dripped down his brow in the heat of South Africa’s Kruger National Park, where the show was filmed in September.
And viewers were delighted as the resurfaced rivalry unfolded on screen, with one person writing on Twitter: ‘Putting Shaun Ryder and Gillian McKeith back in the jungle is GENIUS.’
Rival: A red-faced Shaun Ryder, 60, appeared as if he was trembling with fury as his nemesis Gillian McKeith entered the I’m A Celebrity… South Africa camp during Tuesday’s episode
‘Adding tension in camp already. If looks could kill Gillian would already be gone thanks to Shaun’s glare,’ wrote another show fan.
Another person wrote: ‘Shaun Ryders face was a picture, not you again Gillian,’ while someone else shared: ‘Shaun’s face represents all of us when Gillian Mckeith came out of the box.’
One other fan posted: ‘Shaun Ryder and Gillian being back on I’m a celeb is the best thing ever,’ as another person remarked: ‘Shaun Ryder seeing Gillian McKeith is so funny to me.’
Someone else posted: ‘Poor Shaun. I think having Gillian in there will really mess with him. #ImACeleb,’ while another viewer wrote: ‘Gillian and shaun are gonna clash for sure!’
And another person posted: ‘Oh my God Shaun Ryder back on I’m A Celeb scrapping with Gillian McKeith I love it.’
Gillian made a surprise entry to the I’m A Celebrity… South Africa camp at the end of Monday’s episode, leaving fellow campmate Shaun Ryder fuming.
She’s back! Television nutritionist Gillian, 63, was the last famous contestant to make her debut on the all-stars series on Monday night
The arrival of the TV personality – who competed on series 10 of the original I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2010 with Shaun – in camp for the all-stars spin-off show did not go down well, with Shaun telling the other stars of their first run together: ‘I almost killed her!’
In the last few minutes of the first episode of this new series, Geordie duo Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly entered the camp to announce they had a surprise for the resident celebrities.
Television nutritionist Gillian was then seen emerging from a container after being brought in by several men carrying the box.
In a preview for Tuesday’s instalment, Happy Mondays’ singer Shaun, who was known for his arguments with Gillian during his original run appeared to seethe as he recalled his time with her.
‘Gillian arrived in a box, she should have stayed in the box,’ he exclaimed.
The duo’s blazing rows in 2010 saw Shaun brand the Scot ‘f****** irritating’ before telling hosts Ant and Dec: ‘If Gillian was my wife, she would be in pieces in a plastic bag, deep in a hole in the back garden.’
Unimpressed: Shaun looked on as beads of sweat dripped down his brow in the heat of South Africa’s Kruger National Park, where the show was filmed in September, when Gillian arrived
Gripped: Viewers were delighted as the resurfaced rivalry unfolded on screen, with many taking to Twitter to express their views
Despite a possible shaky start with Shaun, Gillian insisted she was determined to stay strong during her time on the show, which was pre-recorded in South Africa’s Kruger National Park last year.
After famously fainting during a live trial on I’m A Celebrity 12 years ago, Gillian admitted she only accepted an offer to return because she wants to represent ‘all the scaredy cats in Britain’.
Before setting foot in the camp, Gillian revealed she was ‘absolutely terrified and petrified’ of making a second appearance on the series that saw her voted for eight consecutive trials
However, Gillian stressed her fainting episode was not made up so she could get out of doing another tough Bushtucker Trial back in 2010.
‘I have a history of fainting since childhood,’ explained Gillian.
‘The day before we did the live trial, I hadn’t had much to eat and I wasn’t feeling very well – which is the precursor to passing out.
Special delivery: Television nutritionist Gillian was then seen emerging from a container after being brought in by several men carrying the box
War: The duo’s blazing rows in 2010 saw Shaun brand the Scot ‘f****** irritating’ before telling hosts Ant and Dec: ‘If Gillian was my wife, she would be in pieces in a plastic bag’
Bold words: ‘Gillian arrived in a box, she should have stayed in the box,’ Shaun said in a preview for Tuesday’s episode
‘I have fainted several times and not just in the jungle. I even fainted at a wedding once when I was the bridesmaid.
‘They were about to say: “Do you take this man to be your husband?” and I passed out.
‘Sometimes you can stop yourself if you get close to the ground but the problem with the jungle is there were all these leeches and so there was no way I was going to throw myself on the ground.
‘But I have never been able to forget about my fainting in the jungle! I have been reminded about I’m A Celebrity every single day since I came out by taxi drivers and people in the street!
‘They all talk about it as if it were yesterday. They say I was entertaining.
‘It might have been for them but it certainly wasn’t for me!’
Gillian added: ‘Now when I think about doing I’m A Celebrity again, I feel apprehensive and petrified.
‘It’s going to be more terrifying this time because back then, I didn’t know what to expect but this time I can’t use that as an excuse.
Determined: Despite a shaky start with Shaun, Gillian insisted she was determined to stay strong during her time on the show, which was recorded in South Africa’s Kruger National Park
‘What I felt before feels 1000 times worse now and all of it freaks me out but I feel I’ve got a calling to represent all the scaredy cats in Britain – and that is the reason why I’ve said yes.’
While she may have had a strained relationship with Shaun, Gillian did make some friends during her first appearance on the show, revealing she has kept in touch with her fellow campmates, Sheryl Gascoigne and Lembit Opik, insisting they were very ‘kind to me’.
Unaware actress Helen Flangan was in the camp before her arrival, Gillian said she would love it if the former Coronation Street star was to join her this series because they could bond over their mutual fears.
‘Doing the programme didn’t change me,’ she added. ‘And I learned that knowledge is fear. But one thing I would say is when I look back on the experience, it did surprise me that I could sleep outside.
‘As a child, I’d never liked the idea of camping but sleeping in the hammock in the jungle was peaceful – so long as there were no insects crawling over you!’
Despite feeling terrified, the good-natured star admits she would love to win the new all-star series. ‘My family thinks I’ve lost my mind,” she said, laughing. ‘But of course, I am in it to win it.’
‘I think the reason why I’m A Celebrity is such a hit is because it is so outrageous in terms of what people are expected to do. It is so outside the normal. You see the raw emotion of people taking part.’
Laughing, she went on to add one major positive to come out of facing up to her fears again was she was finally be able to visit a country on her bucket list.
Theatrics? Gillian stressed her fainting episode was not made up so she could get out of doing another tough Bushtucker Trial back in 2010
For real? Gillian was branded a ‘fake’ as she appeared to faint live on television in 2010 when hosts Ant and Dec announced she had been voted to do a seventh Bushtucker Trial
Gillian said: ‘I’ve never been to South Africa before and I know there are going to be twists and turns, but maybe because the public aren’t voting I will actually have a nice time!’
At the end of the first episode of the new series on Monday, presenters Ant and Dec revealed there would be no ‘King or Queen of the jungle’, but that contestants would instead be competing for the title of I’m A Celebrity… Legend.
The last series of the original format saw former England footballer Jill Scott become queen of the jungle.
I’m A Celebrity… South Africa continues on Wednesday on ITV1 and ITVX at 9pm.
Celebs: The All Stars season will see Shaun Ryder, Helen Flanagan, Phil Tufnell, Jordan Banjo, Carol Vorderman, Paul Burrell, Amir Khan, Janice Dickinson and Fatima Whitbread return
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