Ruthie Henshall addresses claim I’m A Celebrity trials are rehearsed on ‘brutal’ show

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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! stars are said to run-through the trials beforehand due to health and safety reasons, however eliminated contestant Ruthie Henshall, 53, has insisted this is far from the truth. A source recently said: “The average viewer would assume that a celebrity walks from camp and goes straight into the trial without any heads up.

I don’t think anybody understands quite how hard the trials are

Ruthie Henshall

“In reality, they are told what they need to do, and in many cases shown how to do it and allowed to try and do it.”

They added: “It does remove some element of jeopardy.”

The insider added celebrities were not given a warm-up, but were shown how to get out of special parts of trials to avoid any mishaps. 

“They are told what the rules are, what to expect, and ultimately how to beat it,” they added to The Sun.

Speaking after her exit, Ruthie discussed her experience on the show and insisted trials are how they appear on television.

She said: “I loved it, it was such an adventure, but it is brutal.

“I don’t think anybody understands quite how hard the trials are, quite how vile they are.

“I’m sure they think that we get these run-throughs or that we get some kind of pass, or people are giving us protein bars in the background – none of that.

“What you see is what’s happening. It is brutal.”

A representative for ITV said: “Contestants are told the instructions of a trial and ­producers ensure that they understand what is required of them in line with our health and safety procedures.

“Any suggestion of run-throughs or practising is incorrect.”

The musical theatre star joined the show as a latecomer alongside Russell Watson.

Upon their arrival they were faced with their first trial to win stars for the rest of their camp mates, who watched from the sidelines.

The pair were smothered in rotten tomatoes and slime as they fought their way through the trial.

Reflecting on the experience, Ruthie said on the show’s Daily Drop with Vick Hope: “It’s palpable. I saw 10 hungry people.

“There was no way I was not getting those stars [when I arrived].”

She added: “It’s amazing what you learn about yourself and you have no idea that you’re going in there to learn, you think you’re just going in for an experience.

“Then you come out having epiphanies and going, what just happened?”

The musical theatre star became the second contestant to leave the show following Hollie Arnold MBE last week.

Last night, Victoria Derbyshire and Beverley Callard became the latest pair to leave the castle.

Tonight, there will be another elimination ahead of the final on Friday evening.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues tonight at 9pm on ITV.

New episodes of I’m A Celebrity…The Daily Drop hosted by Vick Hope will be on the ITV Hub daily.

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