TV presenter Dani Behr is relishing the personal challenge of entering the celebrity jungle, and hopes that the experience will help change her public persona.

“I don’t think the public really know me, compared to what I’m really like… I haven’t been on UK television for quite a while now. From a press standpoint I was seen as a party girl, but actually I’m quite the opposite really.

“I’ve been away and off UK television for so long, so it’s probably the fastest way to come back. I took time off for kids and I was in the USA before that, so from a professional stance it’s probably the quickest route back into the public eye – might not be the most dignified way.”

Dani also admits that while she fears the bushtucker trials on I’m a Celebrity, she is looking forward to the challenge, even if she is a ‘five star hotel kind of girl’.

“When, in your lifetime, an opportunity like this comes along, when you’re thrown into this scenario with a complete group of strangers with all the social and physical challenges of this experiment, I thought that it would be really interesting. I’m sure it’s not at all fun and enjoyable, but at least challenging, and character building.”

“I love my clean sheets, clean bathroom, [I’m a] five star hotel kind of girl, so for me, I’ve never been camping, I was never in the girl scouts. For me this is all rolled into one, so it’s a personal challenge more than anything.

“Mentally though I am trying not to think about it because if I think about it too much I will have nightmares. Expect the unexpected and another great saying is ‘fear is temporary and regret is a lifetime’. I’m trying not to focus on the things I’m going to panic about like the walking on the bridge or the scary heights, the challenges and the bush tucker trails which are not pleasant, if they are presented to me I will just try my best.”

Dani is hoping that she may have a slight advantage over her fellow jungle buddies; having lived in Australia for two years she is used to the spiders.

Calling on her friend Myleene Klass and last year’s finalist ‘J’ Brown for valuable tips, Dani is also keen not to be the first celebrity voted out of the jungle.

“Living in Australia for the last year and a bit, I’ve seen the spiders they have here, so I’m not going to be completely shocked like some of the other people coming from England and at least I won’t have jet lag, I’ll have something on my side.

“I’ve tried to get hold of Myleene [Klass], so hopefully I’ll get hold of her before I go in and have a good old chat and ‘J’ [Brown] who was in last year and [who I] dated back in the day, but haven’t spoken to him about it yet, so I should probably get hold of him as well. I think I’m still trying not to hear that much about it and just go in without too many things on my mind. The saying is ‘ignorance is bliss’.

“I wouldn’t like to be the first to go. I don’t think anyone would like to be the first to go, if I’m totally honest, because you want to be part of the team all the way to the end, you want to see it through, it’s almost like a job unfinished. I’ll do whatever the public ask me to do, and if they want me out, I’ll leave, if they want me to stay to the end, I’ll stay, gladly.”

A self-confessed natural leader in her day-to-day life, Dani reveals that she is prepared to take on all challenges in the jungle – even if that means eating kangaroo balls.

“In life I’m a natural leader but again it depends on the personalities in the camp and how strong the personalities are or how demanding, so if I am in the camp with one, two, three, four people who are like ‘no this is how it looks’ so then I will be like for the sake of the show, then fine, let them do it, it’s no big deal. If I feel really strongly about something then I will definitely give my opinion and step forward.

“I don’t particularly love confrontation but I will definitely stand up to someone if [I feel] someone is being wrongfully picked on. Sometimes it’s between two people and it should stay between two people and other times somebody should chip in and say you know ‘hey lets just all relax and that’s enough of that’ it sometimes takes a diffuser to end it so it all depends on the situation.

“…Bushtucker trials, if I know the food is at stake, I’m going to want to eat, even if its Kangaroo balls!”

Dani admits that she is worried about her ‘basic female needs’ while living in the jungle but hopes her love of house work and tidying will give her a role within camp.

“My biggest fears of living outdoors are probably the weather, the cold, the heat, the flies, the dirt, the dust, the no clean bathroom, no clean toilet, just basic female needs – clean sheets, crisp clean sheets, I’ll definitely miss my comfy bed… I dream about chocolate, and every night before I go to bed, I have something sweet so that’s going to be a struggle.”

“I don’t think my friends would know me for my cooking skills, but I could do the dishes. I love washing up and cleaning and organising, I’m happy to do dishes and sweep I don’t mind that at all.

“I’ve got a thing about washing up, I like things very tidy, and clean, and so I’ll probably be sweeping and washing up and cleaning, the motherly role kicking in.

“I don’t have a bevy of staff, doing things for me, I can do my own laundry, I can do my ironing, I can clean up, I wash up, those things don’t bother me, in fact, I quite enjoy them… I find those things quite therapeutic.”

Although, she may have jumped out of a plane for charity once in the past, Dani confesses that this is something she hopes she will not have to repeat again whilst appearing on the show.

“The height thing and jumping out of the aeroplane are issues. I’m not too happy about that, and also I always think of that one time that Christopher Biggins was stuck underground with all the rats all around – who would want to be there in a cave.

“I once jumped out of a plane at 20,000ft for charity so that’s probably the most crazy thing I’ve done and I wouldn’t say it was enjoyable, but it was for a good cause, and I thought to myself that that is what it must feel like to commit suicide, because you are going against all your natural instincts that your body is saying; ‘what the hell is going on?’. I was thinking ‘gosh I’m mad to get into this plane’, and thank god I was strapped to a very young strapping RAF jumper, otherwise I wouldn’t have trusted myself to have known what to pull.”