Screams reverberated through the air as four stars of the popular reality show, I'm A Celebrity, completed a heart-stopping pole challenge atop a 32-storey building on Australia's Gold Coast. In a twist on the classic Walk the Plank task, the challenge, called Pole Position, required the celebrities to race each other along two flimsy flagpoles suspended 110 meters in the air. The daring feat took place moments before a thunderstorm hit the area. Fortunately, all the participants had completed the challenge safely, with some of them visibly shaken.
Leading the charge was EastEnders actress Danielle Harold, who faced off against First Dates' Fred Sirieix, with the latter emerging as the winner. Fred, showing his gentlemanly nature, offered words of encouragement to Danielle as she struggled on the pole. The contestants were hoisted back onto the building's roof, where they were met by Ant and Dec, the show's hosts, who offered reassurance and support.
Another nervous participant was Made in Chelsea star Sam Thompson, who expressed his fear of heights before attempting the challenge. Sam competed against food critic Grace Dent, and although she gave him a formidable run for his money, Sam managed to unhook his star and release the flag just before Grace, securing his victory. The crew on the roof erupted in cheers as Grace rejoined them.
Traditionally, the Walk the Plank challenge is the first trial faced by contestants before entering the jungle for up to three weeks. However, this year, the show's predicted top-three contestants were sent to film a challenge in the Outback, while the rest of the campmates took on tasks such as the Pole Position challenge and skydiving.
The nail-biting moments on the flagpoles and the impending thunderstorm created high drama and excitement among the I'm A Celebrity fans. The challenges and trials faced by the contestants will be aired during the show's first episode this Sunday, adding further anticipation to the already highly anticipated new season.