Boy George to do ‘more gross’ eating trials in I’m A Celebrity

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Pop legend Boy George will be making his jungle debut this weekend as he enters the Australian jungle with 10 other celebrities. Despite the 61-year-old being vegetarian ITV bosses have stated he’ll still be able to participate in eating challenges with his alternatives set to be worse than the meat options.

This week, fans of the long-running ITV reality show were given the line-up of celebrities that will be entering the Australian jungle for the new season of I’m A Celebrity.

Once again viewers will watch a group of well-known stars embark on a series of tasks that often involve them having to face their own phobias and fears to earn food.

One of the most infamous Bushtucker Trials is the eating challenge which sees celebrities eat a range of parts from an animal such as a cow’s teat, pigs brain, fish eyes and turkey testicles.

However, with pop icon Boy George entering the camp as a vegetarian, the show has stated he’ll be given alternatives which are just as gross.

It’s believed that Boy George thrashed out his contract with ITV regarding stipulations about his food during his time on the show.

Executive producer Olly Nash spoke about how those at I’m A Celeb cater to vegans, vegetarians and others with dietary requirements.

He commented: “We have always got alternatives if people are vegan or vegetarian and either need to eat in camp, and don’t want to eat the main meal, or for the trials.”

The producer highlighted that in 2020, viewers complained when soap star Beverley Callard took part in an eating trial and avoided animal-based food due to her being a vegan while Jordan North was given dishes that included a deer testicle.

Speaking about alternative options for Boy George should he do an eating trail, Olly added: “It’s actually, weirdly, more stinky and more gross than eating the meat products.”

It’s been reported that this year, viewers will see a wider range of odd dishes during eating challenges as bosses are going to be trying out new things for the celebrities to eat.

Joining Boy George in the jungle this year includes soap actor Sue Cleaver, England Lioness Jill Scott MBE, Looser Women Charlene White and actor Owen Warner.

Fans will also see Scarlette Douglas, Mike Tindall, Chris Moyles, Babatunde Aleshe and Olivia Attwood.

Ahead of his I’m A Celeb debut, Boy George admitted that although he watches the show every year, he had to think long and hard before saying yes.

Speaking about his decision on agreeing to take part, he said:” I feel like I am in a very fertile creative moment in my life. 

“I am in a moment of rediscovery of who I am as a person, artist and older man and I feel like I do make a lot of effort to be in pop culture.

“I am bored of being iconic in the corner and if you want to compete in the world then being part of telly is part of that.”

“This is the biggest show on TV and that is why I am doing it. And now I have made the decision, I don’t want to focus too much on what the experience might be like, but my intention is it is going to be amazing.”

The new series of the ITV show marks the return of it being filmed in Australia after it was hosted in Wales for the past two years due to coronavirus restrictions.

To enable stars enough time to isolate should they contract the virus prior to the show’s air date, they all landed down under a week prior to it starting.

Additional reporting by Mark Jefferies

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Starts on ITV on November 6.

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