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Here's why I’m a Celebrity.. Get Me Out of Here! is the greatest reality show of all time

Tuesday 13th November 2018

Without a doubt, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! has proved itself to be the daddy of all reality TV shows.

While other shows such as Big Brother (RIP) and The X Factor have seen a decline in viewing figures over the years, I’m a Celeb has retained a consistent fanbase of between 8 and 10 million average viewers.

The Jungle-based contest, broadcast on ITV, has managed to maintain its status at the top of the reality TV pile year after year, while others have failed.

In this article we explain exactly why I’m a Celeb is the greatest reality show of all time. 

5. Contestant choice

I’m a Celebrity has a much wider contestant pool than other shows. With a much larger quantity of its guests being actually famous, ITV’s flagship reality show is one of the few that can legitimately and consistently use the term “celebrity” without people struggling to work out who’s who.

Most of the people appearing are usually household names, or up-and-coming stars rather than a B-list celebrity’s dog walker’s cousin. 

4. Bushtucker trials

Arguably the best part of the show is the dreaded Bushtucker trials.

There’s something satisfying about seeing people who have money, fame and privilege be put through some pretty awful experiences.

Probably most notable is the infamous eating challenge. Knowing that some contestants usually dine at top tier restaurants, the sight of them chowing down on a Witchetty grub is first class entertainment. 

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3. Ant and Dec

Up until this season, cheeky Geordie lads Ant and Dec have been synonymous with the show, offering the perfect level of banter while demonstrating some of the best presenting the UK has to offer.

Sadly, Ant McPartlin isn't appearing this year due to still being on a ‘career break’ while he finishes rehab.

However, ITV bosses have been spot on with his replacement Holly Willoughby, who has bounced off Declan Donnelly brilliantly.

It will never be the same but it’s as good as we could ask for.

As much as we love Holly, let’s hope she is just keeping Ant’s seat warm for him.

2. Kiosk Keith/Kev

Probably the the greatest idea for a reality TV character ever—what could be more entertaining than a grumpy, mute Aussie giving out treats?

Real name Raymond Grant, Keith was replaced this series by the equally foreboding Kev after, according to The Sun, being accused of arriving to work drunk and behaving inappropriately towards a female colleague.

Bearded Kev has more than filled his predecessor's shoes, being just as straight-faced and miserable while dishing out sweet and savoury prizes following Dingo Dollar challenges for the campmates... or slamming the shutter in their face if they get the impossible question wrong.

1. The format

The basic idea behind the show is the biggest reason for its success. Watching people who you associate with the “high life” struggle through awful living conditions, difficult tasks and face some revolting creatures along the way is potentially the most satisfying thing we can hope to see.

It shows people who are usually draped in glamour and success, stripped of all of this, becoming vulnerable in a way.

It also has been the perfect breeding ground for some of the best friendships ever seen on reality TV.

Shaun Ryder and Stacey Solomon… who knew?

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Harry Redknapp 11/10
Rita Simons 3/1
Fleur East 6/1
Emily Atack 10/1
Sair Khan 12/1
James Mcvey 20/1
Anne Hegerty 25/1
Malique Thompson Dwyer 33/1
John Barrowman 33/1
Nick Knowles 40/1

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Odds correct as of 11th Apr, 13:23 . Odds are subject to change.
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