I’m a Celebrity’s Joe Swash: ‘For me the jungle was just one big playground’

As the latest bunch of famous faces head to Oz, Joe Swash offers tips on how to survive the dreaded jungle…

As I’m a Celebrity… Get me out of Here! returns, how happy are you to be going back to Oz to host ITV2’s I’m a Celebrity… Get me out of Here Now! with Laura Whitmore and comic Rob Beckett?
“I’m really excited. It always comes around so fast each year. We never know what’s going to happen or who’s going in, so there’s always real excitement.”

Which celebrities would you like to see in camp this year?
“For me, it’s not about the names but the roles they take on – you’ve always got a ‘mother hen’ and a ‘cook’. Whoever they are, it’s important that all the celebs find a role in camp – otherwise they’ll start arguing and wanting to kill each other!”

You went into the jungle – and won – in 2008. How did you find doing the trials?
“I really enjoy doing the trials but it’s weird in that I can’t even eat strawberries in England because I don’t like hairy fruit yet in Australia I’ll happily eat a crocodile’s bits. I still do the odd trial when I go back because I feel I can’t say no to anything.”

Do you get annoyed when certain celebs – like previous contestants Gillian McKeith and Helen Flanagan – try to avoid the trials?
“That’s probably the thing that really winds me up. As a viewer, you want to see a trial every night, that’s part of the show. So when they don’t do it, it’s not fair on the show or on the viewers!”

Thinking back, what did you most enjoy about your jungle experience?
“For me, it was just one big playground and there was always stuff to do – I ended up collecting logs with Mr Sulu from Star Trek! Plus, with so many different characters in there, there’s so much that you find out about people – I’m quite nosy so I just wanted to find out about people and their lives.”

If there were to be a ‘champion of champions’ show would you consider going back into the jungle to do another stint?
“I’ve always said I wouldn’t because I’ve won it and I think it’s just best to leave it on a good note. That said, I think if it was on and I was just sat at home watching, I’d feel jealous that I wasn’t there.”

I’m a Celebrity… Get me out of Here! starts on Sunday, November 16 at 9pm on ITV, with I’m a Celebrity… Get me out of Here Now! following at 10.40pm on ITV2.

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