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Jews in the Jungle

by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2008-11-12

Esther Rantzen in I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here

Esther Rantzen in I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here


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Two famous Jewish faces are among the line-up of participants in the new series of ITV1's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here.

TV presenters Dani Behr and Esther Rantzen will be joining the other eight contestants, including Star Trek favourite George Takei, tennis ace Martina Navratilova and politician Robert Kilroy-Silk, in the Australian outback when the show begins on November 16.

Behr, 34, found fame in the early 90s on the late-night Channel 4 pop culture show The Word, and now lives in Sydney, Australia, where she is married with two children.

She says of her journey to the jungle: "I'm trying not to focus on the things I'm going to panic about, like the walking on the bridge or the scary heights, the challenges and the Bushtucker Trails which are not pleasant. If they are presented to me I will just try my best."

Rantzen, 68, first achieved national fame during the 1970s on the BBC's consumer show That's Life, as well as founding the Childline charity. More recently she was seen on Who Do You Think You Are? discovering more about her Jewish roots.

Rantzen commented: "This is torture television isn't it?" she says. "Heights, snakes, spiders, cold water: I loathe them all. I can't go on roller-coasters, they frighten me witless. So if that sort of ordeal faces me, I might have to try a little self-hypnosis."

The pair are the latest in a string of Jewish celebs to take part in the show.

Others have included spoon-bender Uri Geller, All Saints singer Natalie Appleton, former Blue singer Antony Costa and PR guru Lynne Franks.

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