Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hollywood Actress Katie Price returns to jungle for a second stint on I'm A Celebrity to 'give her side of the story'

Model Katie Price is gearing up to appear in I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! for a second time - becoming the first ever star to return to the jungle.

The glamour girl has decided to return to the Australian bush because she wants the public to see the real her - and after agreeing a deal for £350,000.

Ms Price believes that going back into the jungle will help her regain the initiative in the ongoing PR battle with ex-husband Peter Andre.

Explaining her decision, Ms Price told a friend: 'It will help me communicate with the public directly and not through third parties.'

The figure Price is to receive represents a record amount for any contestant. ITV are to formally announce the full line-up for this year's series tomorrow.

A TV source revealed: 'She is ratings dynamite. She has always been hugely popular on ITV and she's seriously outspoken. And with the break-up of her marriage being so high profile, her appearance - and her comments - are sure to be explosive.'
It is believed that Ms Price, who has commitments in the U.S. when the show starts on Sunday, will be flown into the jungle after the other contestants, arriving unannounced for maximum impact.

MailOnline first told last week how ITV bosses were hoping to entice Jordan into the jungle.

At the time, she turned down the offer, then demanded £450,000 but now appears to have changed her mind.
She will be the first contestant to re-enter the jungle, where she will be expected to camp without home comforts and take part in a series of challenges which usually involve swimming through infested rivers and eating horrible bugs.

Her last appearance on the show in 2004 proved compelling viewing as the nation watched her and Andre's growing friendship.

She paraded around the jungle in a white bikini, a fairly transparent tactic usually adopted by the curviest contestants.

She was voted out and arch-rival Kerry Katona went on to win that year.

After the show finished, she and Andre embarked on a real-life romance and married in 2005. Their first child, Junior, was born the same year. Their second child, Princess, was born in 2007.

Having caught the bug for reality television, the pair began to live their lives on screen and their fly-on-the-wall series, which followed their lives both in the UK and the U.S., became one of ITV2's most watched programmes

This year, though, the couple announced they were splitting after almost four years of marriage, leading to a bitter public break-up.

It is not known whether she had to secure Andre's agreement to go back on the show or whether she plans to leave her three children with her cagefighter boyfriend Alex Reid.

Price will be up against another ex-Page 3 model on the show, former 1980s Page 3 star Sam Fox, who is rumoured to be netting around £60,000 for the show.

Ex-footballer Colin Hendry, snooker player Jimmy ‘Whirlwind’ White, Mis-Teeq pop star Sabrina Washington and TV presenters Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan are also taking part.

Former Strictly Come Dancing dancer Camilla Dallerup, ex-soccer hardman Vinnie Jones, former Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones, ex-WAG Lizzie Cundy and former EastEnder Robert Kazinsky - who played Stacey's brother Sean in the soap - are also tipped to appear.

Interior design TV presenters Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan are renowned for their frequent bickering, fussiness and tantrums on screen and are expected to liven up the show.

The pair have also been a couple for 22 years and married in a civil partnership last year in London.

They are reportedly being paid £65,000 each to appear in the three-week show.

Last night, former EastEnder Lucy Benjamin, whose greatest claim to fame is shooting Phil Mitchell on EastEnders, and Kim Woodburn, from How Clean Is Your House?, were also both seen at the airport today and are also believed to be flying out to Australia for the series.

Thousands of X Factor fans complain about the 'Fix Factor' as Simon Cowell saves Jedward

He once described them as 'vile creatures' and declared he would leave the country if they won The X Factor.

But as Simon Cowell must know better than most, nothing generates ratings like a good controversy. So it is perhaps unsurprising that his U-turn to vote for the Irish twins known as 'Jedward' has been condemned by viewers as a fix.

ITV chiefs last night said they had received an astonishing 3,000 complaints amid suspicions that Cowell knew the public had voted against Lucie Jones when he forced the 'deadlock'.

The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has also received 50 complaints and could start an investigation.

The controversy came after Cowell had the deciding vote between the talented teenager Lucie and twins John and Edward Grimes on Sunday's show.

Instead of putting Lucie through, he went for the twins - leaving the four judges' votes tied and meaning their fate was in the hands of a record 16.6million viewers.

Despite the twins' questionable talents, the public opted for them - and Lucie was out.

Some claimed he wanted the twins to stay because - despite his criticisms of their act - they have proved strangely endearing to many viewers.

His decision added fuel to speculation that he secretly loves the twins, seeing their potential as a money-making novelty chart act.

There has also been discussion that he is protecting his own acts, all three of which remain in the competition.
Cowell justified his choice by saying he was thinking about which act he would rather see next week.

'I'd probably rather see the boys,' he admitted. This was despite telling them they 'couldn't sing' on Saturday's show, and describing them as 'horrors'.
Cowell last night denied he was aware beforehand that the public vote was in favour of the 18-year-old twins.

'I know there will be lots of people who will criticise the decision to let it to go to deadlock, but I honestly could not have predicted the way public voting had gone - I never get told the voting figures,' he said.
'The twins are good entertainment and there would be criticism either way. I really just couldn't make up my mind, that's why I left it to the public.'

A source close to Cowell said yesterday: 'At the end of the day, all we are doing is entertaining people. Simon actually thought the boys would go.

'Nobody voted for Lucie - and let's not forget that Simon had actually told her she had given her best performance of the series the night before.'
Ofcom will now decide whether to begin an investigation. A spokesman said: 'There are a number of complaints which we are looking into.'

It's the second time in two weeks Ofcom have been contacted over Cowell's decisions.

Last week he was blasted by viewers for forcing the vote to a deadlock after he picked Welsh teen Lloyd Daniels, 16, over 17-year-old Rachel Adedeji.

Cowell said he felt sorry for Lloyd who was suffering from a sore throat - even though the judges had been unanimous in their praise for Londoner Rachel.

Cowell's move prompted protest from thousands of X Factor viewers on websites, including the Daily Mail's.

Lucie's polished performance of One Moment In Time had won her the backing of her mentor Dannii Minogue and fellow judge Cheryl Cole.

Even Jedward's mentor Louis Walsh had told her: 'There's no way you should have been in the bottom two.'

Yesterday Lucie, 18, was philosophical about her exit from the competition.

'At the end of the day, it's not just a singing contest,' she said.

'It's called The X Factor so it is not just about having the best voice or being the best singer.'

She added: 'I just don't feel that me and Simon ever really clicked. Right from the start I don't think we ever really got on in the same way that he did with some of the other acts.'

And she refused to criticise Jedward. 'There was no way John and Edward had the least amount of votes... everyone loves them and I tried to deal with it before Dermot turned to speak to me... but I kinda knew,' she said.

Meanwhile, the Grime twins' mentor, Louis Walsh, said: 'I don't think that Simon got it wrong at all, this is a great television show and great entertainment.'

Lucie's elimination leaves her mentor Dannii with just one act, after losing Rachel Adedeji last week.

Finalists' betting odds

Olly Murs 2/1; Danyl Johnson 7/2; Joe McElderry 7/2; Stacey Solomon 9/2; Jamie Archer 12/1; John and Edward 12/1; Lloyd Daniels 66/1. Source: Ladbrokes