I ’m willing to bet “I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!” won’t be back any time soon.
Wednesday night capped off the reality show’s three-week run, but not without the return of Speidi, aka Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag or Montag Pratt. Who cares? The fame-addicted freaks returned for the show’s finale.
I’m willing to bet “I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!” won’t be back any time soon.
Wednesday night capped off the reality show’s three-week run, but not without the return of Speidi, aka Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag or Montag Pratt. Who cares. The fame-addicted freaks returned for the show’s finale.
“I’m A Celebrity” probably looked good on paper, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to work. The idea of throwing a hodgepodge of celebrities together in the Costa Rican jungle while America called the shots sounded cool — but not all the stars were.
Sanjaya Malakar, Janice Dickinson, Lou Diamond Phillips, John Salley, Frangela, Torrie Wilson, Stephen Baldwin and Patti Blagojevich rounded out the cast, which later included Daniel Baldwin and Holly Montag, who replaced Speidi.
I like reality TV, so this show should have been right up my alley. It was like “Survivor” meets “Big Brother” meets “American Idol” meets “My Life On the D-List.” In other words — useless TV.
What we got was more like a twisted version of “Jon & Kate Plus Eight,” only it was The Pratts instead of the Gosselins.
The true premise behind “I’m A Celeb” wasn’t to creep or gross viewers out or resurface a fading star; it was to raise money for charity. Those other things probably did occur, too. Each celebrity represented a charity that would benefit from the stars’ participation and longevity on the show and in the jungle.
Speidi ruined this show for me. When they actually left for good I liked it much better. Then I couldn’t understand it when they brought in Daniel and Holly to replace Spiedi after Angie from Frangela was voted off. It seemed unfair.
Why any of them would voluntarily walk away blew my mind, especially Stephen Baldwin.
Challenges like Last Chance Saloon were cool, especially with the exotic jungle insects and such. Sanjaya, Wilson and Phillips definitely tore up the challenges, but it was Sanjaya’s fearlessness that surprised me most. He rocked, and perhaps will come away from the show better than when he began.
Blagojevich also surprised me. She made friends with everyone and, despite her and her husband’s legal issues, she was a trooper. I hope America got to see Patty for her and not what the mainstream press has said about her for months.
When it came down to the top 3 celebs still remaining in the competition, I was happy. Phillips, Salley and Wilson were all worthy of being crowned the “King” or “Queen” of the jungle, but Phillips emerged victorious.
Even though Phillips won America’s vote, it was the charities that truly won this game.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. E-mail him at email@example.com.