I’m A Celebrity 2020: Jordan North Interview

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! returns which can mean only one thing… the time has come for a brand new cast of celebrities to battle it out in TV’s toughest entertainment challenge.

This year the show will be filmed at the historic Gwrych Castle, Abergele in North Wales.

Ant & Dec will host an adapted version of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! live every night on ITV from the castle. As on the regular series, viewers will see the celebrities undertake gruelling trials and fun-filled challenges to win food and treats in the lead up to one of them being crowned, for the first time ever, King or Queen of the Castle.

Radio 1 DJ Jordan North reckons I’m A Celebrity will be the perfect tonic for the nation this year as he reveals he is petrified of everything. And the BBC radio presenter admits it’s going to
be surreal to finally meet his own childhood heroes – presenters Ant and Dec.

“I’ve been watching this show ever since it started, I can remember Kerry Katona doing it all those years ago!” says Jordan.

“With everything going on this year, people will want this show on TV more than anything. We all need it. It’s my favourite show on the telly and to be part of it is a big honour. My co-presenter at Radio 1, Emily Atack, talked so lovingly about it all and you can’t turn something like this down.”

“I have never met Ant and Dec either and I am so excited to meet them. I loved them on SM:TV
doing Wonky Donkey!”

“I have got so many phobias and fears. I am worried I will let people down but I also want to
give the trials my best go. I hope Radio 1 listeners will get behind me.”

Looking forward to meeting the rest of his fellow celebrities, Jordan thinks it will be tough surviving on rice and beans.

“I will be the chief cleaner,” he predicts. “A tidy camp is a happy camp. I do love my food though and I just think it is easier to go in cold turkey! If I start worrying, I am going to start over thinking it and so I have been eating loads beforehand – a bit like an animal does before it hibernates!”

He thinks, however, it will be very weird not to have his phone with him. Says Jordan: “I am always on the phone and I am always checking social media, so that will be weird.”

Laughing, the DJ thinks it will be very tough not being able to have a pint of Guinness. “I will miss Guinness,” he adds. “I always have a little FridayGuinne ss and that is what I missed in lockdown. Cans aren’t the same!”

So who would he like to join him in the camp? “Barack Obama and Liam Gallagher,” he replies.
“Liam would have some great stories to tell and he would be good for entertainment value!”

“I do think my listeners will see another side to me. When you hear me on the radio, what you
see is what you get. I don’t pretend to be anyone else and when I am on the radio, you are
energetic as that is how I want my show to sound. But I am not always like that!”

As for what his fellow Radio 1 DJs will say when they find out he is going to the Welsh castle
Jordan thinks they will be very surprised. “I am their little brother at Radio 1,” he explains.
“Greg James comes for pints with me and it just never seems real! This is the job I have always
wanted and I hope they do get behind me. Hopefully by going on I’m a Celebrity, it will keep
me on Radio 1 for a few more years too!”

“I was a bit worried about asking for time off but my bosses have been so supportive. They were jumping for joy saying I had to do it when I told them.”

Hoping he won’t be the first to leave the camp, Jordan laughs as he reveals he definitely isn’t
going on the programme to find love. “I am single at the moment,” he adds. “But that is not
the reason why I am going in! I just want to have fun and this is something that will stick with you forever. The fact I am going to be doing it doesn’t seem real.”

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