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Which radio presenter is going into the jungle?

Friday 23 January, 2015
Ten’s I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here is getting the rumour mill turning, over which Australian stars will be entering the South African jungle.

In most Channel Ten ad breaks for the past month, an advertisement has been running promising a former cricketer, politician and most importantly, a radio presenter.

Who is it? “A TV and radio star”, was all that Channel Ten publicist Lucy would tell radioinfo today when we tried to make her spill the beans about just who the radio presenter is.

No matter how many radioinfo stickers or free prizes we offered her as an inducement, Lucy wouldn’t tell us who was entering the jungle, so with the help of our readers, we’ll just have to guess.

So let's take a look at the possible contestants:

In The Money

Amanda Keller is arguably Australian radio and TV’s favourite mum. Not only is her WSFM breakfast show Jonesy and Amanda sitting at the top of the Sydney ratings, her weekly TV appearances hosting The Living Room make her a hit with the over 35 female demographic. On top of that, she has natural chemistry with The Living Room co-host and I’m a Celebrity host Dr Chris Brown. She is contracted to Channel Ten and has appeared extensively in their programming over the years, featuring on The Living Room, The Project, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation and Good News Week

Chrissie Swan is also a presenter on Channel 10 and was discovered by them when she came runner-up on the 2003 series Big Brother Australia. She continued with the network, hosting The Circle and Can of Worms, earning her a nomination for Most Popular Presenter at the 2012 and 2013 Logies. Like Keller, she also has a big pull of the over 35 female demographic, as reflected in the ratings of her Mix 101.1 breakfast show before she was dropped in 2014. Chrissie isn’t doing any work on TV or radio at the moment and would likely relish the opportunity to make a comeback…

Dave Hughes, another regular face on Channel Ten is certainly in the running too. Hughes was a big Nova personality in Melbourne before stepping down in 2013 and being lured back on air by rival ARN this year. He would bring an air of natural comedy to the show, regularly appearing on The Project as a comedian. He also has featured on Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, Good News Week and Thank God You’re Here on the Ten network. He would certainly bring a comedic edge to the jungle.


Outside Chance

Hamish or Andy offer an almost universal brand of comedy, giving them the skill set to make any show a ratings success. On top of their Today Network radio show, the duo are certainly TV stars with their Gap Year series. While Hamish has made appearances on Channel Ten’s Thank God You’re Here and both have featured on Good News Week, the duo are likely under a contractual obligation with Channel 9 and are rarely seen apart, giving them only a slim chance of appearing in the jungle.

Ryan “Burgo” Burgess hosted SAFM’s breakfast show until he was dropped mid 2014. He recently branched out into television, putting his love-life on display as he took to tinder to try to find a woman on ABC’s series The Daters. But is a former Adelaide breakfast announcer and one time ABC feature guest really a TV and radio star?

Matty Johns co-hosts The Grill Team on Triple M Melbourne alongside Gus Worland and Mark Geyer. After his NRL career, he has build up a big media presence, hosting The Footy Show on Channel 9. However, Johns would probably be labeled as a sporting legend rather than a radio and TV star and is probably under contract with Channel 9, making him only an outside chance for appearing in the jungle. 

Brendan “Jonsey” Jones, the other half of Jonesy and Amanda, is obviously a radio star. Whilst establishing himself in radio, he has branched out into TV as well. He was a reporter in the cult Australian TV show Housos and would regularly give his input in 20 to 1. He’s no stranger to reality TV shows, becoming a contestant on Channel Seven’s Dancing with the Stars in 2013. However, with no previous ties to Channel 10 it’s unlikely that he’ll be the one in the jungle.

Wouldn’t it be nice…

John Laws probably won’t be on I’m a Celebrity, but if he was, it would be brilliant. The 79 year old is most famous for his morning shows on both 2UE and 2GB, and now hosts a mornings on 2SM. He’s no stranger to the Ten Network, hosting the 1998 John Laws - In One Lifetime before his Foxtel talk program LAWS. While many people may like to see Laws eat a kangaroo testicle, he would be too lost in the jungle without his golden microphone and thus, would never accept the role. We rate him a rank outsider in our betting comp.

Tell us who you think will be in the jungle in our radioinfo poll below.


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