New celebrity ski show coming to Channel 4
Big Brother”… “Splash”…. whatever next?
A celebrity snowsports competition?… Surely not!
Actually… believe it or not, one is about to start!
Next month Channel 4 will be broadcasting a new celebrity series called The Jump. It will feature twelve celebrities, who will take to the slopes and compete against each other in six of the most dangerous and challenging winter sports.
The six men taking part are five-time Olympic gold medallist and rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave; ex-England cricketer (and former winner of Strictly Come Dancing) Darren Gough; celebrity hairdresser Nickky Clark; comedian Marcus Brigstocke; socialite and party promoter Henry Conway; and American actor Sam Jones, best known for his 80s role as Flash Gordon.
Taking them on are six female competitors: TOWIE star Amy Childs; broadcaster Anthea Turner; former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt; TV presenter Melinda Messenger; socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson; and singer Sinitta.
The contestants will be coached by former Olympic skier Graham Bell and Skeleton gold medallist Amy Williams, as they compete in sports such as bobsleigh, skeleton, speed-skating, slalom skiing and cross-country skiing. Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards promises to put in an appearance too as each night, two losers will face a live Ski Jump in a bid to keep their place in the show.
Eddie is said to have remarked of the new TV programme: “This competition is as much about mental strength as it is about physical agility. Winter sports are tough to master; it takes skill, guts and determination to get round a course. The ultimate test will be The Jump itself. I know how hard it can be when the world is watching.”
The celebrities are currently training out in Austria. Here’s a short YouTube clip of an anxious Amy, Melinda and Kimberley flying out to Innsbruck:
Some of the contestants had never skied before! Luckily, they all managed to fit in some excellent training at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, which currently has some great deals on, should you wish to follow in their footsteps too!
The Jump will be shown on Channel 4 for 10 consecutive nights next month and will be presented by Davina McCall and Alex Brooker.
Our money’s on Sir Steve!