I’m A Celebrity 2020: Jordan North conquers his fear of snakes as he wins 9 STARS in the Viper Vault


Jordan North triumphed over his fear of snakes during Monday’s episode of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! as he and Shane Richie won nine stars for the camp.

The BBC Radio DJ, 30, admitted he was the most terrified he’d ever been in his life for The Viper Vault trial where he and Shane were locked inside one of two vaults that were built into the castle floor and were greeted with dozens of snakes. 

Jordan had a near meltdown before the trial as he teared up while telling Shane he didn’t think he could do it, citing his fear of snakes and the narrow confines of the vault.   

Horror: Jordan North triumphed over his fear of snakes during Tuesday’s episode of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! as he and Shane Richie won nine stars for the camp

The star got down on his knees and buried in his face in his hands before the trial as Shane tried to comfort him. 

The actor said: ‘Even if we just get five stars, even if we just get a couple. Come on, you’re fine mate.’

But Jordan wasn’t feeling confident, saying: ‘I can’t, I just can’t. There’s f***ing snakes coming out of there and I’m claustrophobic, I can’t do it, I can’t do it. I can’t do it.’ 

Inside each vault were five locked safes, each containing a star. Host Ant McPartlin added that each of the safes were numbered (1-10) and they would require a code to open them. 

Terrified: Jordan admitted he was the most terrified he'd ever been in his life for The Viper Vault trial where he and Shane were locked inside one of two vaults that were built into the castle floor and were greeted with dozens of snakes

Terrified: Jordan admitted he was the most terrified he’d ever been in his life for The Viper Vault trial where he and Shane were locked inside one of two vaults that were built into the castle floor and were greeted with dozens of snakes

Fear: Jordan had a near meltdown before the trial as he teared up while telling Shane he didn't think he could do it, citing his fear of snakes and the narrow confines of the vault

Fear: Jordan had a near meltdown before the trial as he teared up while telling Shane he didn’t think he could do it, citing his fear of snakes and the narrow confines of the vault

The code to the first safe was with them in the vault and they would have to work together as a team to open all the safes. 

Jordan and Shane had 10 minutes to find 10 stars, each star was worth a meal for camp and only the stars in their bag at the end of the Trial would count.

Things went from bad to worse for Jordan as the trial began and he began to scream in terror as the snakes slithered into the vault.  

During the trial, Ant tried to provide words of encouragement as he said: ‘Calm down Jordan! Breath’.

Jordan continued to scream as the snakes filled the vault and tried to keep himself calm by thinking of his ‘happy place’, Turf Moor, a football stadium in his native Burnley. 

Jordan said: 'I can¿t, I just can¿t. There¿s f***ing snakes coming out of there and I¿m claustrophobic, I can¿t do it, I can¿t do it. I can¿t do it'

Jordan said: ‘I can’t, I just can’t. There’s f***ing snakes coming out of there and I’m claustrophobic, I can’t do it, I can’t do it. I can’t do it’

Challenge: Inside each vault were five locked safes, each containing a star. Ant added that each of the safes were numbered (1-10) and they would require a code to open them

Challenge: Inside each vault were five locked safes, each containing a star. Ant added that each of the safes were numbered (1-10) and they would require a code to open them

Ant and co-host Declan Donnelly both tried to stifle their laughter as Jordan screamed throughout the task.  

At the end of the trial, Jordan quickly got out the vault and couldn’t have been happier he said: ‘My brother said to me….’ Shane, quick as a flash said: ‘Why didn’t you do Strictly Come Dancing?’ as Ant and Dec laughed.

Jordan laughed and continued: ‘My brother, who is a paratrooper said to me no matter how scared or cold you get to think of your happy place.’

After the trail, Shane admitted he didn’t have much faith in Jordan’s chances as he said: ‘As soon as the vault closed I was expecting Jordan to say, “I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!” ‘

Jordan told Ant and Dec: ‘That was the most scariest ting I’ve ever done in my life. I feel like crying.’ 

Trial: Jordan and Shane had 10 minutes to find 10 stars, each star was worth a meal for camp and only the stars in their bag at the end of the Trial would count

Trial: Jordan and Shane had 10 minutes to find 10 stars, each star was worth a meal for camp and only the stars in their bag at the end of the Trial would count

Shane admitted he didn't have much faith in Jordan's chances as he said: 'As soon as the vault closed I was expecting Jordan to say, "I¿m A Celebrity¿Get Me Out Of Here!" '

Shane admitted he didn’t have much faith in Jordan’s chances as he said: ‘As soon as the vault closed I was expecting Jordan to say, “I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!” ‘

Jordan told Ant and Dec: 'That was the most scariest ting I¿ve ever done in my life. I feel like crying'

Jordan told Ant and Dec: ‘That was the most scariest ting I’ve ever done in my life. I feel like crying’

The group cheered when the pair returned to camp and revealed they had won an impressive nine stars. 

However, the camp were left surprised when the dumb waiter delivered dinner and they discovered they would be having eel for dinner. 

Talking in the Telegraph, Jordan said: ‘I’ve just been in a piggin vault full of snakes and get home to my castle and I’ve got eel. Eating eel – fish snakes, not fish cakes.”

Shane sang ‘jellied eels’ in a cockney voice while Giovanna Fletcher and Victoria Derbyshire tried to be positive they had eel.

After the meal, Mo said in the Telegraph: ‘The taste of the eel was different, I’m not really a big fan of fish. I took a bite of it and it was slippery…eurgh.’

Meanwhile, Jordan joked: ‘9 stars for that, it was minging’. 

Ahead of the trial, the DJ held back tears as he said: ‘I genuinely don’t think I’ve ever been this scared in my entire life.’

The Radio One star and the former EastEnders actor, 56, were instructed on the rules by hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.

Ant, 44, said: ‘As the name suggests, you won’t be alone down there. You can stop the trial at any point by saying I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! That will stop the trial for you and your partner. Any further stars will be lost.’

Reassuring the contestants that the task is not compulsory, presenter Dec, 45, added: ‘And you don’t have to do the trial, you never have to. You can go back to camp, but you’ll go back empty handed.’

Soap star Shane weighed out their options as he asked his co-star: ‘Think of it like this, do we have enough rice and beans?’, to which a scared Jordan joked: ‘Yes!’

Jordan had previously told MailOnline: ‘I’m so scared of snakes. I’m hoping with it not being in Australia there won’t be any snakes or any big poisonous ones anywhere.’

The media personality already faced his fear of heights in the launch show, after the group of ten were forced to abseil over a cliff to retrieve backpacks filled with supplies for their first night in camp.

From the start, Jordan struggled with the prospect of abseiling down the perilous cliff and was sick in the grass before saying: ‘I can’t believe I was sick, I’ve only been here five minutes and I’m puking up already.’

This is hard! ITV hired the 19th century castle for six weeks costing £1 million after COVID-19 ruled out the usual setting in Australia

This is hard! ITV hired the 19th century castle for six weeks costing £1 million after COVID-19 ruled out the usual setting in Australia

This year’s stars will experience the most brutal living conditions in the show’s 20-year history, after ITV relocated from Australia to Wales due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hosts Ant and Dec, who will be presenting from their new studio next door, will enter the castle’s living quarters at the end of each episode to reveal which celebrity has been voted by the public to do the trials – which, like always, will feature critters.

ITV hired the 19th century castle for six weeks costing £1 million after COVID-19 ruled out the usual setting in Australia.

MailOnline was given special access to the show’s brand new set located inside the eerie Gwrych Castle, ITV hired the 19th century castle for six weeks costing £1million after Covid-19 ruled out the usual setting in Australia.

Try and stay warm! The contestants will sleep on rusty old beds, covered by a newly installed plastic roof, with only the campfire located inside the adjoining living quarters providing any heat

Try and stay warm! The contestants will sleep on rusty old beds, covered by a newly installed plastic roof, with only the campfire located inside the adjoining living quarters providing any heat

The contestants will sleep on rusty old beds, covered by a newly installed plastic roof, with only the campfire located inside the adjoining living quarters providing any heat.

If the campmates need the toilet at night, they have to wander outside in the Baltic conditions to visit the Privy, a battered old shed, which has replaced the traditional dunny.

And the usually pampered celebrities will bathe in a tiny tin bath and wash their hair using water from an old watering can hanging above – their modesty covered by a mouldy shower curtain.

The live shows will air in the evening for the guests – instead of morning time in Australia – which means the tasks will be held late at night, with a torchlit staircase replacing the famous bridge.

Executive producer Tom Gould told Mirror Online: ‘This is the equivalent of our trials bridges in Australia. So this is where they go down and face their fears in the trials.

Ew! If the campmates need the toilet at night, they have to wander outside in the Baltic conditions to visit the Privy, a battered old shed, which has replaced the traditional dunny

Ew! If the campmates need the toilet at night, they have to wander outside in the Baltic conditions to visit the Privy, a battered old shed, which has replaced the traditional dunny

‘Obviously it will happen at night, after the live show, so these flaming torches will all be lit and it will be very atmospheric.’

The 2020 series is also expected to only last 20 days – two shorter than normal.

ITV announced an extreme COVID Management Plan to ensure the series runs smoothly, including the celebrities being tested every three days and crew members wearing proximity buzzers, wear masks and get temperature checks on arrival.

The celebrities also had to isolate for two weeks ahead of their arrival.

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! continues on Tuesday at 9pm on ITV

Back soon: I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! continues on Tuesday at 9pm on ITV

Back soon: I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! continues on Tuesday at 9pm on ITV

I’M A CELEBRITY… GET ME OUT OF HERE! 2020: Who are the celebrities?

Name: SIR MO FARAH CBE

Age: 37

Claim to fame: The most successful British track athlete in Olympic Games history 

Phobias: Any animal that moves

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: It will be nice for people to see me doing something other than running

Role in the camp: Cook

Miss most: Coffee, my wife and children

Dream campmate: Samuel L Jackson would be pretty cool

Relationship status: Married

Name: SHANE RICHIE

Age: 56  

Phobias: Human faeces. If I see one, it is over! I am hoping the camp toilet will be enclosed

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: Nothing. I don’t think I am that interesting

Role in the camp: Person who will muck in with anything 

Miss most: My family and routine at home

Dream campmate: Eric Cantona, any 80s’ pop star or The Roc

Relationship status: Married

Name: BEVERLEY CALLARD

Age: 63

Claim to fame: Corrie legend 

Phobias: Ghosts and insects 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: People think I am glamorous as I have played Liz for so long but I am not

Role in the camp: Cleaner 

Miss most: Dogs and my husband, Jon

Dream campmate: Ricky Gervais – he would keep us all going

Relationship status: Married

Name: AJ PRITCHARD 

Age: 26 

Claim to fame: Former Strictly professional

Phobias: Heights, claustrophobia

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: People see me with sparkles and fake tan but nobody knows what I am like

Role in the camp: Keeping spirits up and the cleaner

Miss most: My warm and comfy bed

Dream campmate: Any celebrity with an intriguing background

Relationship status: Dating

Name: VERNON KAY

Age: 46

Claim to fame: TV and radio presenter

Phobias: I don’t like being confined underwater!

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I think I have always been the same throughout my career – so I don’t have any.

Role in the camp: Person to keep spirits up.

Miss most: My family.

Dream camper: Anybody who has won the Super Bowl!

Relationship status: Married.

Name: VICTORIA DERBYSHIRE

Age: 52  

Claim to fame: Award-winning journalist

Phobias: I am not a fan of spiders or confined spaces and I don’t know what I am going to be like when I get there! 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I don’t think I have any as people just know me as the news and current affairs person! 

Role in the camp: Shoulder to cry on. 

Miss most: My boys, husband, dog and Mum. 

Dream campmate: Madonna, Gary Lineker and Jamie Oliver to cook for us. I think you could have some really geeky chats with them! 

Relationship status: Married.

Name: GIOVANNA FLETCHER

Age: 35

Claim to fame: Author and podcaster

Phobias: Heights. My legs go wobbly and you can’t rationalise it

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I am not that controversial so nothing

Role in the camp: Mum, friend and the giver of hugs

Miss most: My husband, Tom, and my three children

Dream campmate: The Queen, Judi Dench and Ant Middleton so he can help us with all the survival skills

Relationship status: Married

Name: JESSICA PLUMMER

Age: 28

Claim to fame: Former EastEnders actress

Phobias: Arachnophobia, fear of heights –just about every phobia

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: It will be nice for people to see me for who I am rather than my EastEnders character

Role in the camp: Chatterbox and little sister

Miss most: My daughter. It’s going to be the longest we’ve been apart

Dream campmate: Denzel Washington would be awesome. I would listen to every word he said

Relationship status: Single

Name: JORDAN NORTH

Age: 30

Claim to fame: Radio 1 DJ 

Phobias: It’s just easier to say what I am not scared of. I have so many phobias

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: On my Radio 1 show, I am always bubbly and energetic but everyone has down moments too, so it will be nice for people to see what I am really like

Role in the camp: Entertainer and the tidy up person –I love a tidy house

Miss most: A nice cool pint of Guinness

Dream campmate: Barack Obama and Liam Gallagher. He would be great entertainment value

Relationship status: Single

Name: HOLLIE ARNOLD MBE  

Age: 26

Claim to fame: Paralympic gold medallist 

Phobias: Spiders

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I don’t want it to focus on my disability

Role in the camp: Cook/shoulder to cry on 

Miss most: My boyfriend, food and my cats

Dream campmate: Michelle Keegan –she is beautiful

Relationship status: Dating

 

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