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April 28, 2003: 'I'm A Celebrity ...' Trailer / Almost There - Begins Tonight!
'I'm A Celebrity ...' trailerA couple of screen captures from the latest trailer for I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Yes! After two weeks of hype and much press/online/TV coverage, the actual series gets underway this evening at 9pm on ITV1 and won't be off our screens until the show finishes in two weeks time.

I've found it pretty difficult trying to keep up with all the coverage and I've probably missed as much as I've added to this page. I'm going to try to continue with updates, and Toyah's progress within the series, but as I want to watch it these will be more sporadic than of late. It's bound to be impossible to document everything that happens as there will be so much going on in the next fortnight.

So, happy viewing, hope everyone enjoys the show, and a huge GOOD LUCK to TOYAH

April 28, 2003: 'This Morning' - Toyah wins phone vote
This Morning - 28th April 03This Morning ran a feature on I'm A Celebrity... today, with guest Christina Hamilton from series one contributing.

The show had a palm tree (!!) with a charicature of each celeb attached and immediately Christina Hamilton moved Toyah to the top, saying: "She's been described as 'Christina Hamilton goes punk!', I think that's rather good, so I'm going to watch her."

This Morning ran a phone vote throughout the show and the results were announced at the end. Top Three: Antony - 18%, Danniella - 23%, and coming first with a whopping 42%, you guessed it - Toyah!

GMTV were also in the rainforest this morning, and they showed footage of the celebrities doing a three-mile trek. 

As well as the ITV1/2 shows/streaming, look out for coverage on GMTV, RI:SE, This Morning, and Liquid News over the next fortnight.

April 28, 2003: 'NOTW' & 'The Sun' - More Toyah in the papers!
'NOTW' & 'The Sun'Yet more Toyah in the papers. These are from yesterday's 'News Of The World' and today's 'The Sun'.

NOTW - Sunday 27th April: Tony & Tara's Jungle Book. Here they give their odds on Toyah:

Tony: Singer, former punk rocker and current stage star TOYAH WILLCOX, 44. She's a very nice person and also very religous - like Nigel Benn. She's easy-going and could come over quite well. 2-1

Tara: TOYAH is my tip for the top. I honestly think she's going to win. She's got a big following right across the board. With the amazing life she's had she's probably quite a wise owl by now. But she'll be so cool with it. 1-2 (F)

The Sun - Monday 28th April: Last year's contestant Darren Day, on Toyah

Toyah Willcox will be fun. I reckon there’ll be a race to get naked and I hope Toyah wins it — I’ve always fancied her. 

Also in today's 'The Sun', Phil Tufnell's girlfriend, Dawn:

"We both share a warped sense of humour - it’s the one thing that makes me a bit nervous for Phil on the show. His humour could lead to a few clashes if people are a bit sensitive.

"I think he’ll probably get on best with Toyah of the women - she seems like she’s good for a laugh - and with Antony Worrall Thompson."

Daily Record - Monday 28th April: Toyah's Trauma

As the oldest female camper, Toyah Willcox will turn out to be the group matriarch - but that doesn't mean she'll be slow to pour out her darker feelings. The 44-year old has already told how she was nearly strangled with shoelaces by other kids when she was four - and she isn't in the camp yet.

She said: "They would take their shoelaces off and throttle me until I went blue. I remember the laughing and it is quite a violent memory to have."

April 28, 2003: 'BBC Hereford' - Toyah off for Oz ordeal
Toyah @ BBC HerefordToyah off for Oz ordeal

Toyah Willcox has left her Worcestershire home to take part in the second series of "I'm a celebrity - get me out of here."

It will be a long journey for Toyah Willcox from her Worcestershire home near Throckmorton to the Australian bush, where the second series of "I'm a Celebrity... get me out of here" is being filmed.

You can get odds of 6-1 on her winning the show - but then nobody thought that Tony Blackburn would emerge triumphant from the last show, so stranger things have happened.

If you look closely at the career of the 44 year old singer/actress then there are some things that could help her survive the rigours of the outback:

Cooking: she's appeared on Celebrity Ready Steady Cook and so she's used to whipping up dishes in a hurry and under pressure. 
Wildlife: she's worked with Rolf Harris on Animal Hospital so she may have picked up some tips on Antipodean fauna. 
Fighting: she trained as a wrestler for the play Trafford Tanzi, so if things get rough she should be able to hold her own. 

If you want to have a bet on the show here are the other contestants and the odds they're being given.

Phil Tuffnel - cricketer: Bookies fav. at 3-1 
Chris Blissom - actor: 5-1 
John Fashanu - ex-footballer: 5-1 
Toyah Willcox - actress/singer: 6-1 
Anthony Worrall-Thompson - chef: 7-1 
Catalina - model: 7-1 
Linda Barker - designer: 8-1 
Daniella Westbrooke - actress: 10-1 
Sian Lloyd - weathergirl: 12-1 
Wayne Sleep - dancer: 16-1 

You can also check out the website's Toyah Gallery while yo uare there.

April 28, 2003: 'I'm A Celebrity' Toyah-related newsybits & pieces - Issue 8
iVillage.co.ukiVillage.co.uk : Toyah Willcox 
She had a few pop-punk hits in the 1980's but was more famous for her punky hairdos and weird make-up. Has since turned her hand to acting, writing and tv presenting.

Channel 4 Teletext : Sauce - I'm A Celebrity ... You May Not Know Me!
TOYAH WILLCOX: Teeny '80s popstrel - Has already displayed her "wacky side" by taking along a Tony Blackburn book of anecdotes. Coul go two ways - either delightfully quirky, or annoying as ...

The Guardian : Pick Of The Day - I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here! 9pm, ITV1 
Eight months after transforming Tony Blackburn and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson into national darlings, this reality series returns with a fresh batch of celebs. Sian Lloyd, Wayne Sleep, Antony Worrall Thompson, and Toyah Willcox are among those spending a gritty two weeks in the Australian wilderness while viewers vote to decide their fate. "I absolutely adore adventure and unpredictability," beams Toyah, gawd love her. 

The Guardian : ITV holds high hopes for I'm a Celebrity 
They called it a "sleeper hit" the last time around but ITV executives are fully expecting I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! to be the first ratings sensation of the summer. The tabloid frenzy surrounding the second series of reality show, which launches tonight, reached its peak today as the 10 contestants prepared to enter their new home in the Australian jungle. 

A phalanx of 14 photographers greeted the group of contestants when they arrived at Brisbane airport at 5am local time last week whereas last year's celebrities were greeted by just two.

Last year newspaper editors, unsure of how the public would take to the 10 celebrities, adopted a wait-and-see approach before throwing their weight behind the show in its second week.

BBC News : Celebrities prepare for jungle life
The 10 stars taking part in the UK's second series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here are preparing for their first night in the jungle. The famous contestants on the ITV1 reality TV show will battle to survive two weeks in an Australian rainforest as they vie to be crowned King or Queen of the Jungle. 

The series, which starts on Monday, will feature celebrities including former EastEnders actress Danniella Westbrook, cricketer Phil Tufnell and weather forecaster Sian Lloyd. Last year's winner was veteran DJ Tony Blackburn, who has seen a resurgence in his career since the victory. 

Their makeshift home will be a remote area of southern Queensland, where they must fend for themselves and live among the jungle creatures. Each day, the contestants will have to nominate their least favourite jungle companion to face the public vote to leave the show early. 

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly will introduce the show on Monday at 1900 BST - by which time the celebrities will have spent their first night in the open. Former England cricketer Tufnell is the bookmakers' favourite, with William Hill offering odds of 3-1, while former punk singer Toyah Willcox is second favourite at 7-2. 

Other contenders include former soccer player John Fashanu, ex-Coronation Street actor Chris Bisson and TV decorator Linda Barker. TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson and dancer Wayne Sleep are also vying for the jungle crown. 

As well as surviving jungle life - and the company of each other - the celebrities will also have to undergo tasks to win luxuries. Programme bosses have promised conditions will be harsher than last year. The celebrities have spent several days at a nearby base camp learning basic survival skills in preparation for their outdoor adventure.

The Scotsman : Whatever floats your vote 
The antics of the oh-so-shining stars of I'm A celebrity - Get Me Out of Here! will engender more excitement from the Scottish electorate than Thursday's elections.

It’s the election everyone’s talking about. Across the bars and High Streets of the nation, citizen shall speak unto citizen and enquire whether they’ve voted yet. As the ballots are collated, a massive audience will gather around the screen eager to see whether they’ve managed to get rid of the irksome oik, or whether he will linger at the centre of public affairs a little longer. 

Yes, we’re in the midst of the engrossing ego-contest that is the second series of I’m A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here! If your take on current affairs is provided by a certain type of tabloid, well you’ve got problems, but you also might find it difficult to ascertain that there is another type of election going on this week....

....It has to come down to who you’d rather have a drink with, go to a game with, spend a couple of weeks in the jungle with. When the results come in on Thursday night, we’ll be four days into I’m A Celebrity … voyeurism, and let’s not take any bets on who’ll be getting the better viewing figures out of Jack McConnell and Toyah Willcox. Television remains the national palliative, after all. Why worry about the future of Scotland? There are nine variously flawed celebs awaiting our judgment. In best Tammany Hall tradition, vote early, and vote often.

April 27, 2003: 'New photo of the cast in Australia
Toyah in AustraliaA new cast photo, though not featuring Linda Barker, has been in most of the papers today, including the 'Sunday Express', 'Daily Star' and 'Sunday Mirror'.

Toyah looks fantastic and easily holds her own against the younger "babes" on the show.

Daily Star - JUNGLE FEVER - Fear we go - watch out for the monsters

Excitement mounts to fever pitch today as contestants in  I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! head to the jungle.

They'll leave behind the luxury Versace Hotel on Australia's Gold Coast, their expensive designer gear - and all hopes of an easy life for two gruelling weeks.

Boats will take them to remote Stradbroke Island for a day of dangerous survival training. Then they'll slip into their colourful shorts and T-shirts for a back-to-basics battle that will enthrall millions of telly viewers.

The newspaper also reports that there has been trouble already with Danniella Westbrook almost "storming out" because she wanted to take more than one bikini!!

April 27, 2003: Toyah in the Sunday newspapers
Mail on Sunday, Sunday Mail, StarI'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! features in all of the Sunday newspapers, with positive, and negative, stories about the contestants in all the tabloids.

The 'Mail On Sunday' runs a full-page story on the cancellation of the Wimbledon run of Calamity Jane, but aside from this Toyah emerges pretty unscathed. The Scottish 'Sunday Mail' is also rather nasty about all of the contestants.

Surprisingly, the 'Daily Star' seem to be the most positive about the series.

Former punk queen Toyah, 44, couldn't resist the challenge because it "tickles her funny bones". And she wants to spark as much madness and mayhem as on last year's show.

She says: "I absolutely adore adventure and unpredictability. I like the idea that you are almost victim to the elements and to your other guests. I'm a buddhist - I just kind of want to be at one with the elements."

April 27, 2003: 'I'm A Celebrity' Toyah-related newsybits & pieces - Issue 7
The Internet Forum• The 'Internet Forum' have a great section dedicated to I'm A Celebrity, as does www.digitalspy.co.uk. 'Internet Forum' have a Polls page with Toyah comfortably in the lead in all the important categories. Early days, though, so leap on over, by clicking the pic, and give Toyah your help!

Thanks to Michael Cooney.

• One day to go until the show starts and the press, and online, coverage , which has been building by the day, has reached almost fever-pitch today. There are features in every Sunday newspaper, and on many internet websites. 

• Not that it's that important, but it's a shame Toyah wasn't included in the first group picture, or as 'The Guardian' called it yesterday, "the class photo". This picture is EVERYWHERE, and I've spotted it on, at least, five magazine covers.

• Tim Vincent and Jodi Marsh (someone even less famous than Catalina) have been named as reserves for the show. So if Phil Tufnell accidentally falls into a pothole or Wayne Sleep dances off into the jungle night, one of those will be their replacement.

April 27, 2003: 'Sky News' Celebs head Into The Jungle / 'Ananova' Celebs Hone Jungle Skills 
Toyah, Wayne & CatalinaSky News - Celebs Head Into The Jungle
Ten British personalities are making final preparations for survival in the jungle for the new series of I'm A Celebrity.... Get Me Out Of Here! The TV show begins tomorrow night with the contestants getting used to their new home deep in the Australian outback.

Former cricketer Phil Tufnell is the bookies' favourite to be crowned King of the Jungle. The other celebrities taking part are actress Danniella Westbrook, chef Antony Worrall Thompson and dancer Wayne Sleep.

They will be joined by weathergirl Sian Lloyd, ex-Coronation Street actor Chris Bisson, model Catalina Guirado, former footballer John Fashanu, singer Toyah Willcox and Changing Rooms star Linda Barker.

All 10 have spent the past few days near their jungle base in a remote area of southern Queensland, learning basic survival skills and getting used to their environment.

Programme bosses promise harsher conditions than last year's series, won by DJ Tony Blackburn. Included will be venomous snakes and poisonous spiders. Viewers will again single out one person each night to undertake a gruelling trial. If they fail, they and their fellow celebrities will go hungry.

Cameras will be on hand to record the breakdowns and bust-ups as life in the jungle takes its toll on the contestants. Ant and Dec are back to present the ITV1 show nightly for the next two weeks. Last year's runner-up Tara Palmer-Tomkinson will be on hand to give her verdict in nightly shows on ITV2, presented by Mark Durden-Smith.

Ananova - Celebs Hone Jungle Skills 
The 10 I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! contestants are getting used to their new home deep in the Australian Outback

Phil Tufnell is the bookies' favourite to be crowned King of the Jungle. The other celebrities taking part are Danniella Westbrook, Wayne Sleep, Antony Worrall Thompson, weathergirl Sian Lloyd, Chris Bisson, Catalina Guirado, John Fashanu, Toyah Willcox and Linda Barker.

They have spent the past few days near their jungle base in a remote area of southern Queensland, learning basic survival skills and getting used to their environment. Programme bosses promise conditions are even harsher than last year, with venomous snakes and poisonous spiders just some of the perils they will have to face. Viewers will again single out one person each night to undertake a gruelling trial - and if they fail, they and their fellow celebrities will go hungry. Cameras will be on hand to record the breakdowns and the bust-ups as life in the jungle takes its toll on the contestants.

April 27, 2003: 'IC Birmingham' - Toyah's Naked Ambition!
Midland singer Toyah Willcox has emerged as one of the bookies favourites to win the TV survivor show, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

William Hill have given her odds of 4 -1 to come out as queen of the jungle. But former cricket star Phil Tufnell is the current favourite to win the show at 3 -1. Graham Sharpe from William Hill said: “Interest is already sky high in the outcome of this show. Reality TV is proving irresistible to a new generation of gamblers.

"This show promises to be as fascinating and successful as the last, there is a great mix of people and, although they are known celebrities, you never quite know what they will do!

"The big question is will veggie Toyah do a Uri and munch on a bug for the sake of food for her fellow contestants?"

In her final interview before leaving for Australia for her week in the jungle, Toyah spoke about her fantasy of being naked in the jungle.

She said: "I do have this fantasy that Wayne Sleep and I will run naked through the jungle. My biggest fantasy is being naked in the rainforest."

April 27, 2003: 'Birmingham Evening Mail' - Get me Out Of Here!
She hates being cold, is afraid of spiders and loves relaxing in a hot bath - but Brum actress and singer Toyah Willcox is looking forward to roughing it for up to two weeks in an Australian wilderness.

The 44-year-old, born in Kings Heath and now living in Worcestershire, will join nine fellow celebs in the second series of the hit ITV show I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

The stars, including Eastenders actress Daniella Westbrook, dancer Wayne Sleep and chef Antony Worrall Thompson, will sleep in hammocks, eat basic rations of rice and water and be filmed 24 hours a day.

Viewers will single out one of the celebrities in every programme to undertake a gruelling trial. If they succeed the group will eat, fail and they could all go hungry.

The audience will also vote on which members of the group will return home and who will be crowned king or queen of the jungle.

Toyah says she will especially miss her bed and warm duvets.

"I'm always cold and I'm going to miss my three duvets. I'm also going to miss my hot baths because when on the rare occasions I'm not working, I spend at least four hours in the bath reading newspapers.

"I'm going to miss being able to eat when I want to. I don't have big meals, I snack all day and I get through about four packets of chewing gum a day.

"I'm terrified of virtually every insect except butterflies. There have been times when I've woken up with a spider on me and I've burst into tears."

But Toyah, who has been touring in the stage musical Calamity Jane and is set to release a new rock album next month, is anticipating an enjoyable experience.

"I think it's going to give me some peace, because there's nothing about being a celebrity I'll miss at all.

"I'm Buddhist, which I think of more as a life philosophy. I'm rather looking forward to what I call the Zen of the rainforest which I think the winner of the last series, Tony Blackburn, got a lot from. I just kind of want to be at one with the elements.

"I love nature and love the idea of being able to watch the stars at night."

The celebrity line up is completed by ex-Coronation Street and East is East star Chris Bisson, weather presenter Sian Lloyd, model Catalina Guirado, former footballer John Fashanu, cricketer Phil Tufnell and interior designer Linda Barker.


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