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Shaun Ryder ('I'm A Celebrity')

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Shaun Ryder from I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! Season 10

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Shaun Ryder found fame in the late '80s and early '90s for his oddball indie rhymes and wild partying lifestyle with rock groups the Happy Mondays and Black Grape. However, Ryder looks set to face his biggest challenge to date this weekend as he enters the jungle in Australia with nine other famous faces for a three-week adventure. We caught up with Shaun in Oz earlier this week to find out if he was feeling nervous.

What made you sign up for I'm A Celebrity?
"It's not, 'What made me sign up?' It's, 'Who made me sign up?' My missus made me sign up for the show. My wife. She wanted me to do it because she's a big fan of I'm A Celebrity. We all watch the show together as a family, so I think this one of my wife's sick jokes. When I was offered it, I immediately said, 'No way'. I always try to turn these things down, but she insisted that I do it."

Perhaps she wants to get rid of you for a while?
"Yeah. That could be the reason."

What's going to scare you in the jungle?
"I'm probably most scared of the other people I'm going to meet in the jungle. There's no-one I don't want to see in there, but I'm interested to find out who I'm going to be sharing the camp with. I've heard rumours that Stacey Solomon from Dagenham, Scary Spice and the charmer Nigel Havers are going in there. I've no idea if the rumours are true or not, but I'd be happy if they are in there with me."

What will make you shout, 'I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here'?
“I don't know. I'm not bothered about spiders or eating worms. I've not eaten worms before. I've not had to, but I'll be fine if I have to do a bushtucker trial and eat something weird."

What bushtucker trial would you hate to do the most?
"All of them. I don't want to do any of them, but I'm going to try my best. To be honest, I'm worried about all of the trials, but I'm going to try and handle them all. I don't want to do any of them and I'm not going to volunteer to do any of them. But that doesn't mean you'll see me returning to the camp empty-handed after a trial. If I have to do a trial, I'll do what I've got to do to get people food."

What will be your role in the camp?
"I can't cook, but I can clean. That will be my role. And if someone is down in the jungle, I'll do my best to cheer them up. I'll help out like that in the jungle. I'm a cheery kinda guy. That's what I'll do."

Do you snore?
"Oh, I do snore. I don't know if that's going to wind up the other people in the camp, but I'm not bothered. I snore. There's not much I can do about it. I've been snoring for 48 years."

Are you going to curb your language in the jungle?
"I've got the kids watching, so I'm not going to swear in the jungle. I've got two little girls, so Daddy won't be swearing."

Are we going to see a new side to Shaun Ryder?
"I guess so. I'm going to be very nice in the jungle. People are going to see a new side to me. I'm a 48-year-old family man now. I won't be swearing and I'm going to miss my kids loads in there. To be honest, I have no idea how I'm going to react to living in the jungle, but I can't wait to get in there and find out."

What will annoy you in the jungle?
"I can't stand idiots. I hope there are not too many idiots in there. You know what I mean? I'd hate that."

Are you worried about the cameras being on you 24 hours a day?
"I'm worried about the cameras full stop. That's going to be really weird for me. I like my privacy."

You are given a daily cigarette ration in the jungle. Are you worried that it’s not enough?
"I only smoke about 10 fags a day now. If I don’t get 10 in there, I'll have to make do with whatever I get. It's not the worst thing in the world. I'll handle it."

Will that make you angry?
"I won't let it make me angry."

Have you done any willpower preparation before you hit the jungle?"I've been doing that for about 20 years."

Will you be singing around the campfire?
"I won't be singing in the jungle. I won't be writing any songs either."

Do you want to be king of the jungle?
"I would love to win I'm A Celebrity. I would love to be crowned king of the jungle, but I doubt I will. Why won't I win? Because I don't win things."

But your former bandmate, Bez, won Celebrity Big Brother
"Yeah, but that's him. He wins things. I don't."

I'm A Celeb kicks off tonight at 9pm on ITV1

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