By Taryn Elder
Forget Paul Hogan from Crocodile Dundee, there's a new Australian cowboy hat wearing larrikin on our screens!
Household name Shane Warne is reportedly going to pocket a healthy $2 million (possibly $3 million) in total for packing up his life for six weeks and heading into the South African jungle.
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Speculation has been rife that the former Australian cricketer would be entering the jungle for I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, and on Sunday night it was revealed that Warnie would indeed be the ‘mystery’ 12th camper/intruder to join the list of celebrities already ‘braving’ the conditions.
Around the same time the above promo shots of Warnie in a cowboy hat started surfacing and half of Australia started asking themselves... is this is a joke?
He was shown entering South Africa on a private plane (geez, roughing it already) and was greeted by two of the show's cast members, Heather Maltman and Joel Creasey on the 11th hour.
Despite reportedly being terrified of spiders, the former spin bowler has chosen to suck it up in the jungle to join some other 'familiar' faces , including former AFL player Brendan Fevola and international DJ Havana Brown.
“One of the advantages of a show like this is that people will tune in and they’ll watch the real me, because I think there’s a misconception of what I’m actually like,” Warnie told The Fitzy and Wippa radio show on Monday.
“I think people see me leading this unbelievable high life, and all this sort of stuff, I actually like nothing better than tracksuit pants on the couch.”
If he survives six weeks and isn’t ‘eaten’ by a spider, he will pocket a cool $100,000 for his chosen charity.
To make it a bit easier for those watching at home, we’ve come up with a bit of a form guide to see how Warnie might fare against some of his new jungle 'mates'.
The Celebrities v Warnie
(DJ) Havana Brown: She’s originally from Melbourne which means Havana Brown and Shane Warne share common ground already. (Does this mean a fiendly alliance?). Both have had global success in their chosen professional careers. One likes spinning tracks in high profile clubs, the other one likes visiting them frequently to socialise. We’re not sure who would win a bug eating challenge out of these two, but if it comes to some sort of dance off in the jungle.. we think Havana might have it covered. Thoughts?
Anthony Callea: Anthony is a former Australian Idol star who has picked up an ARIA or two (someone google it and let us know) during his career, Warnie is regularly approached about starring in Bollywood Films and has even had a musical made in his honour (Shane Warne: The Musical). Both aren’t used to roughing it, so we’re not sure who will crack first after many sleepless nights in the jungle? These guys might be a lifeline for each other, with hope they might share their rations of hair gel to maintain their signature hairstyles.
Brendan Fevola aka Fev: He has been labelled as one of the best full forwards to play the game of AFL, Warnie is one of the best bowlers to have taken to the cricket field. Both have had their fair share of media headlines… not always of the positive variety! We’re pretty sure it’s going to be an instant ‘bromance’ between the two, with reports the guys are already mates. It's also rumoured that ‘Fev’ tried to slim down using the same diet and workout regime of Warnie, so maybe they can prepare their jungle food together?
Laurina Fleure: She’s had her heart broken on a national reality TV show (The Bachelor), Warnie has witnessed the breakdown of relationships in the media spotlight. Both share a tough tale of romance, so will this bring them closer together in the jungle? The one issue we see here for an alliance.. Laurina isn’t a fan of ‘dirty street pies’, the staple diet of every true blue Aussie bloke, which might deter Warnie from striking up a friendship!
Dean Geyer: Another Australian Idol singer, turned actor! Yep he even starred in the hit TV show Glee and much like Warnie, Dean has been splitting his time between Australia and the US trying to grow his international career. Perhaps these two will bond over their late night jaunts in LA’s hot spots, or maybe they will share stories about their former high profile love interests?
Courtney Hancock: When it comes to fierce competitors, Courtney is one of them! The champion Ironwoman is at the top of her game, and unfortunately for Warnie will probably trump him in the fitness department. The two may however switch stories about the best way to maintain their golden locks… anyone know what hairdressers they both go to? (Also as a side note, Courtney is the partner os Brisbane Heat cricketer Nick Buck).
Val Lehman: She was one of the big stars of Australian TV show Prisoner and even won a few TV week Logie Awards. Warnie is also no stranger to picking up a string of awards for his cricketing talents. Both are very good at speaking their minds, so this will prove to be interesting banter wise.
Bonnie Lythgoe: She’s an English dancer, choreographer, director, television presenter and producer who has worked alongside some big name musical stars including Michael Jackson, and the Bee Gees. She’s also a regular judge on So You Think You Can Dance Australia. We’re not really sure what these two have in common, possibly a mutual connection with Warnie’s former flame being British actress and model Liz Hurley?
Akmal Saleh: He is one of Australia’s best known comedians and Akmal is not afraid of telling the type of joke Warnie might find amusing. Like Warnie, Akmhal has had a long standing career within his chosen industry. We haven’t been to one of Akmal’s shows lately so we’re not exactly sure if Warnie has ever been at the centre of one of his jokes? Only time will tell if these two hit it off!
Jo Beth Taylor: Both were 90’s icons! Yep, former presenter Jo Beth Taylor, from Australia’s Funniest Home Videos and Hey Hey It’s Saturday (with Daryl Somers) and Shane Warne have more in common than you think. Warnie actually appeared on Hey Hey during the 90’s, so it looks like the two may have briefly met back then.
Paul Harragon: Paul is a legend of his chosen game, rugby league, Warnie is a legend of his chosen sport, cricket. Like Warnie, Paul has maintained his presence in the media working as a commentator and presenter outside of career on the field. We think it’s going be pretty friendly between these two thanks to some striking similarities (picture two best mates talking ‘manly’ things at a backyard BBQ). Or perhaps too much of the same thing is never a good thing?