We have our King of the jungle 2013 — Kian! What a finale!
Both David and Kian would have been worthy winners, but I had predicted from the start Kian would win (I even put it in a gold envelope with Ant and Dec’s predictions and bet them both).
It was great having all the camp mates back together on our show and it got a bit emotional watching our best bits back.
After the show, we had a lovely dinner with the boys and headed to the wrap party, which was first proper night out I’ve had in four weeks. It’s going to take me a while to get my head around getting up at a normal time and not the middle of the night.
I work with a fantastic crew every year and of course my lovely cohosts Joe and Rob. I’m going to miss seeing their faces everyday. Roll on next year….
It was fun dressing up everyday despite my surroundings and these are my favourite three looks. The first two dresses are by my favourite Australian designer Shakuhachi and shoes are Senso and Witchery (both Australian). The retro playsuit is from Missguided and of course my trusty All Saints biker boots, which are the most practical footwear I bring. As we sometimes have a bit of a trek to studio, they are my perfect companion.
As the series is drawing to a close, the camp is starting to look very empty.
Around 2 weeks ago I asked Ant and Dec to predict who our 2013 Queen/King of the Jungle would be and to put their name in a gold envelope, that has been under lock and key in a glass box in our studio ever since.
I also have a prediction in there. Mine is in the final 5…so I’m pretty chuffed with myself.
My favourite trial of all time is The Cyclone which the campates did yesterday. I did it last year and it’s so much fun… Though it does hurt when you get blasted with the almighty water hoses and land on the hard ground straight on your bottom!
How awesome was Kian helping all the girls when our final 5 did it?! It’s also the best wash they’ve had in the past 2 weeks.
Over on itv2 we put together our own dream team. Reigning Queen of the jungle Charlie Brooks, former King Joe Swash, the one and only Medic Bob and Kiosk Keith (both living legends).
I was orchestrating proceedings and thought I was safe on the sidelines perched in Ant and Dec’s position, but ended up being drenched from the sheer power of the onslaught.
Ah well, would rather be covered in cold water than creepy crawlies…
I’ve been asked quite a lot about hair and make-up when filming in the jungle so I want to share with you some tips I’ve picked up.
I suppose wearing any make up in the Australian outback isn’t ideal but thankfully I have two brilliant ladies Abigael Johnston and Penny Smith doing my hair and make up who I’ve been working with for the past three years. As we film in an outside studio with mosquitos flying about and blistering heat, I don’t like to wear anything too heavy. Abs uses a light airbrushing mist on me, Rob and Joe which reflects the natural sunlight and doesn’t feel caked on.
I am also covered in mosquito repellent spray which stinks but on the plus side makes your skin look really shiny ( that’s why Rob’s legs are always glistening FYI!).
I use an Australian primer by Dottie and Ez – a natural formulation for healthy skin and it leaves the skin feeling fresh and a bit tingly (in a good way).
The Co Shade Bronzer from Latonas Makeup Supplies is a favourite of mine. Two months in and I have a veeerrrryyyy light tan so a stroke on the top of my cheekbones of bronzer really helps to enhance the glow.
And of course you can’t beat a red lipstick… I’ve been wearing a lot of Mac ‘ruby woo’ this series, although Abs usually blends three shades together so everyday is a bit different.
My key hair product is Moroccanoil. A pea sized amount rubbed through the ends of damp hair and then I let it dry naturally during rehearsals. Penny then styles it before the show, she knows my hair really well at this stage. Penny and I have come up with stupid names for the different hairstyles she does, we have four different types of waves\curls and we’ve given them stupid names like ‘wireless waves’ ( because she styled my hair that way when I presented at Wireless festival’). They get more obscure, but I won’t bore you.
It can be quite harsh on your skin wearing camera ready make up everyday so I’ve been using Weleda Skin Food and Ponds cold cream to nourish my skin once I remove my make up.
And most important, I’ve been wearing a high SPF sun cream from Hawaiian Tropics. The oil based one makes your skin feel lush and it smells delicious.
Found the biggest creepy crawly in the jungle this week! Rob. He managed to get his hands on Vincent Simone’s spider costume from the dingo Dollar challenge and wear on the show… Shame it happened to be on the hottest day we’ve had this year so far. Poor guy was a sweaty mess.
The weather has been curiously capricious this year. During our late night rehearsal last night I thought our whole studio tree-house was going to blow away… feeling very sorry for the campmates who have to stay down there 24 hours a day ( at least I have a warm trailer and hot shower). The rain was so heavy that it creeped onto our studio floor and was pounding so loud on the roof during our live recording I could barely hear our panelists. Not what you think you’d get from a typically, gloriously hot Australia.
The hosts of the show always stay quite a bit away from everyone else so I had a sneaky visit to nosey around the Versace Hotel (where friends and family stay). On the coming out show it always looks spectacular when the celebrities are getting their first reminder of luxury. So… are the rooms THAT fancy?? Well let’s say they are pretty bling!
The food on the gold coast is unbelievable. Denise Van Outen, Michael Vaughan, Andi Peters, Jodi Albert, her gorgeous sister Kellie and I met up for a delicious seafood platter on the Marina. Guess we felt a little bit guilty thinking of the STARVING campmates eating rice and beans. Poor guys… I say we felt bad but not bad enough to not enjoy the feast.
Kian’s reunion with his wife Jodie had me crying my eyes out… Think this is the first time I’ve ever shed a tear watching footage. And David Emmanuel seems like such a top bloke. It’s early days though so they all have everything to play for…
What a hectic week it’s been! Since I’ve last blogged, ten celebs have truly settled into the Australian jungle with two more arriving today; there’s been some nauseatingly gruesome trials, unusual campmate bonding, odd shower scenes (Matthew attempting to recreate Mylene’s white bikini scene has scarred me for life). And I now have a total of TEN ‘mozzie’ bites!
I think new arrival Vincent Simone is going to be HILARIOUS and inject some fun into the camp. I also love Steve Davis. He just seems like such a cool character, not taking anything too seriously and comes out with some great witty remarks… though not a fan of the excessive flatulence (though guess that’s men for ya!)
Behind the scenes; Me, Joe, Rob and the big boys Ant and Dec are having a great time. Thanks to everyone for watching it’s been the highest ratings to date and so happy to read all the lovely comments after the show. We hope it’s as much fun to watch as it is making it.
A bit of a pranking fest has kicked off since Joe’s naked shower pic ended up EVERYWHERE. Serves him right! But now he’s vowed to get us back.
I’m not scared as I have ‘Junior’ on my side (Ant and Dec’s bodyguard) He’s been looking after the guys since the first series and believe me, you do NOT want to get on the wrong side of him… Look at the size of his arms!!
As always Joe and Rob are helping me out by photo-bombing my style diary on a daily basis. (Naked ironing seems dangerous doesn’t it?!)
It’s hard putting together a wardrobe when the studio is in the Ozzie Outback but I enjoy getting dressed up juxtaposed against our wild backdrop. I particularly loved this h&m white skirt ,and sixties style short from a designer who I love called Negarin (check her out)
I always get asked the hours I work. We usually get up at midnight and rehearse and watch footage through the night so not that means we don’t get much free time before we have to get to bed after the show. It’s not very rock n’roll.. On Tuesday we played lawn bowls… when you’ve worked a 12-hour shift and had a few glasses of wine it makes for an interesting game…
Jungle 2013 has begun with the first show airing last night and our ten eclectic celebrities having already spent two nights sleeping under the stars. I’m a Celeb… (longest title of a show ever!) is on it’s THIRTEENTH season, and I can promise this year will be the best yet!
This is my third year hosting the after show on ITV2, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! NOW! ( yes there is a show with a title longer that the main one)
Of course the success and status of the show is undoubtedly strengthened by hosts extraordinaire Ant and Dec who are the Kings of live telly. While I’ve already worked with the lads for two years, I’m still so starstruck by them. I was adamant when I was a teenager I would marry Dec. Don’t worry I’ve accepted this isn’t going to happen. And he doesn’t know this so please don’t tell him. I do, however, feel privileged to work with two of the loveliest and most professional guys in the business.
Speaking of lovely boys.. Joe and Rob my co-hosts on … Get Me Out of Here! NOW! may not be as professional as Ant and Dec (sorry boys) but they make me laugh and we have SO much fun. I was late flying over to Australia this year as I was working at the MTV EMA in Amsterdam but, within five days of being reunited, we’ve already got up to all sorts of mischief.
We toured the new camp a few days ago and when I was filming a piece to camera I asked Joe to hold my iPhone (stupidly it was still unlocked)
When I got my phone back I found all sorts of “interesting pictures” that he and Rob had taken. I said I wouldn’t tweet them and use them instead as blackmail for my future benefit… but you HELLO! Online readers seem like nice people so here’s a little present for you (I hope you won’t be too scared) NAKED JOE!!! (This photo is a censored version of the photo on my phone).
Rob got a little bit too excited taking the pics and fell over and ripped his pants right through the crotch area. This folks is what I like to call “Kharma”.
So over the next three weeks I’m going to be blogging on here all the backstage shenanigans, behind the scene gossip on the campmates… and of course mentioning my fave jungle fashion. We may be in the jungle but we can still be stylish!