SINGER Cerys Matthews was last night confirmed as one of the stars in the latest series of I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.
The former Catatonia singer, who divorced her US musician husband Seth Riddle earlier this year, said she would be looking for her “Tarzan” in the Australia-set reality show that starts in two days.
Cerys, who recently returned to Wales after spending five years living in Nashville, will now fly out to the Australian jungle to take part in the programme’s seventh series.
The 38-year-old singer yesterday spoke of her dislike of maggots, caterpillars, big spiders, flies, rats, mosquitoes, fire ants, leeches, heights and snakes – all something of a disadvantage given the show’s rugged “bush-tucker trials” in which contestants regularly have to contend with touching, and in some cases eating, a variety of creepy-crawlies.
She said, “I’m kind of trying to think I’ll be like Jane in the jungle. But I’m looking for Tarzan. My Tarzan.
“I want to have a crazy, confused fun few days or weeks. I’m energetic. I change my mind a lot, I’m definitely indecisive. I love life, I’m happy-go-lucky and curious.
“When you’re old and weary and lying there in bed I don’t think you regret doing things, I think you would regret not doing things.
She added, “It’s the only kind of reality show I’m attracted to because it’s so crazy.
“I’m also really scared that people are going to be really noisy in the night, making coughing noises or snoring, or just fidgeting, talking or laughing all the time.”
The singer readily admitted her fear of snakes and heights may make some of the notorious bush-tucker trials very difficult.
She said, “I don’t like bugs, I don’t like maggots, I don’t like heights, I don’t like snakes and I can’t stand flying.
“I try my best to avoid flying. I hate heights. I can barely walk along the cliffs where I live.”
Rumours Cerys would be taking part in the show surfaced earlier this week. She was reportedly overheard in a nail bar in Cardiff saying she was heading to Australia soon and that she wouldn’t be able to get her nails done for a while.
Confirmation of her appearance stands in stark contrast to an interview she gave to The Independent newspaper at the start of October.
When asked if she was going to the jungle she said, “I’m not on the blinking ‘dancing with the stars’ thing and they [tabloid newspapers] said I was going to be on there as well. I’ve only been in the country three days and they’ve got me on every single show.”
Matthews has a good chance of succeeding on I’m a Celebrity, according to weather presenter Sian Lloyd, who appeared on the show in 2003.
She said, “Because Cerys is a strong woman and is so totally herself and she doesn’t care about her image, it might be quite a therapeutic thing to do.”
In fact if anything, Cerys might find it a little bit dull, she added.
“I didn’t find it stressful at all, what I found was that I was bored!” she said.
“The bits you see on telly are when things are happening but what you don’t see is when you’re not doing anything, the hanging around.
“You could argue that someone as strong and as lively as Cerys would find it boring but maybe she will find it relaxing, a time to meditate on her life.”
I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! starts on Monday at 9pm on ITV1