Hello and Welcome to an extra busy edition of A Slice Of Soap.
So, former EastEnders star Joe Swash has made it all the way to the final of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Now, although he’s tipped as favourite to win (and I hope he does win), we’re briefly gonna look at a few more obstacles that Swash may have to overcome in order to be crowned King Of The Jungle…
He’s a soap star
I’m sure it hasn’t escaped your notice that Joe Swash isn’t the first soap star to take part in I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! No, the jungle seems to be the first port of call for former soap actors trying to revive flagging careers…the only problem is that no soapster has ever won. Think about it…Dean Gaffney, Sheree Murphy, Kimberley Davies, Sid Owen, Elaine Lordan and Daniella Westbrook have all tried and failed. With one exception, Sheree Murphy in series 5, none have even managed to finish in the top two.
He’s an actor
Only one actor out of 15 who’ve tried has ever won I’m A Celebrity… and that’s Christopher Biggins (well he acts in panto doesn’t he?) which suggests that the voting public doesn’t seem to have much of an interest in actors for some strange reason. So can a soap actor really pull it off and win I’m A Celebrity?
He’s too young
I’m a Celebrity has traditionally been won by older contestants. In five of the previous seven series, more ‘mature’ ‘celebrities’ took the title (Tony Blackburn, then 59; Phil Tufnell, then 37; Joe Pasquale, then 44; Carol Thatcher, then 50; Christopher Biggins, then 57). Only once has it been won by a male in his twenties (Matt Willis, series six).The other winner was Kerry Katona. This pattern clearly suggests that voters tend to lean towards older contestants, particularly older men.
Early favourites rarely win
Early favourites in reality shows rarely win. Generally speaking, when an individual starts from a position of popularity, disappointment all too often is the result. Simon Webbe is a case in point. Before the start of I’m A Celebrity, the ex Blue member was 9-2 favourite to win, but Joe Swash soon took over as jungle favourite, and he has remained the front-runner.
Viewers warm to contestants gradually
Viewers tend to warm to contestants who somehow reveal more of themselves as the show goes on. Joe Swash has played the role of chirpy barrow boy from the day he got into the jungle. Has he really surprised us that much, apart from his unusual friendship with George Takei from Star Trek? Even learning that he could easily beat former E17 singer Brian Harvey in a farting competition isn’t that much of a surprise. Truth is Joe Swash doesn’t appear to be too different from his on-screen character Mickey on EastEnders. On the other hand, Martina Navratalova has definitely come out of her shell over the last week and could well surprise us all tonight.
He’s trying too hard
The person who does the most Bushtucker Trials (which happens to be Joe) has never won, which suggests that viewers like to see those contestants who rub them up the wrong way suffer, but won’t then vote for them to win.
So, can Joe Swash overcome these six remaining obstacles to become king of the jungle? All will be revealed on I’m a Celebrity tonight. But feel free to leave an opinion by adding a comment below.
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