Total Wipeout

Joe Swash: TV presenter and actor
Charity: The Ben Kinsella Foundation

Joe is best known for playing Mickey Miller in EastEnders and is currently a team captain on BBC One’s Hole In The Wall. He was crowned King of the Jungle on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here in 2008 and will co-present this year’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here with Caroline Flack. On his return to the UK, Joe will be playing the Prince in Snow White And The Seven Dwarves in panto in Bristol.

He recently lived with Pamela Anderson for Living TV show Living With Pamela Anderson and has just finished filming a new documentary for BBC Three. He also presents travel and competition strands for ITV’s This Morning and has co-hosted The Soap Awards on ITV2.

Joe describes himself as “not the fittest at all”, he does bits of running here and there but doesn’t think of himself as a fitness fanatic. On the Dizzy Dummies, Joe thinks that he will be too busy trying not to throw up to worry about the other competitors. “I’ll just let them get on with it as I get car sick and, when all is quiet, I’ll make the move.”

“The Whitbread” is the competitor that Joe fears the most as he remembers her from his childhood for being “muscley” and quite intimidating whilst taking part in her sport.

Adele Silva: actress
Charity: Alzheimer’s Society

Actress Adele Silva is best known for playing the role of Kelly Windsor in Emmerdale.

She left the soap in late 2007 to pursue other roles and has since appeared in Mile High, The Courtroom and the independent film Jam.

Adele has also made appearances on TV shows such as Celebrity Fear Factor, Celebrity Weakest Link and Hell’s Kitchen where she came second. She says this was her proudest achievement considering she couldn’t cook before she went on the show.

Adele’s film credits include Just For The Record, opposite Billy Murray and Rik Mayall, and Doghouse with Danny Dyer, Stephen Graham and Noel Clarke.

The actress says she is quietly competitive and really focused. She goes to the gym three or four times a week to keep in shape. The most daring thing Adele has ever done was wing-walking for charity which she absolutely loved. She also did a bungee jump from a crane.

Adele is really scared about competing in Total Wipeout but is looking forward to attempting the course alongside the legendary Sally Gunnell.

She is least looking forward to the Sweeper as she doesn’t think she’ll be able to jump high enough to get over.

James Jordan: Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer
Charity: Demelza House in East Sussex (a children’s charity)

James Jordan is an English ballroom dancer. His dance partner is wife Ola Jordan, with whom he turned professional in 2003.

Both James and Ola take part in BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. His current dance partner is actress Zoe Lucker. In previous series, he has partnered Cherie Lunghi, actress Georgina Bouzova and TV presenter Gabby Logan. In 2007, Ola partnered Gabby’s husband, Scottish rugby union footballer Kenny Logan – this was the first time two married couples had competed against each other.

James loves sport, anything from motor-biking to bungee jumping to wakeboarding. He says most dancers don’t tend to do things like Total Wipeout for fear of breaking their legs, but James believes in the philosophy that you only live once.

As a couple, James and Ola are very competitive with one another, but James always has to be the overall winner. James says that he would “prefer to die than lose”. He is so sure that he will be in the top three that he would bet his house and even Ola on it!

James would happily put off his competition with some sneaky tactics in order to win, from laxatives to castor oil in slippers to trying to entice them to enjoy a drink with him at the bar the night before.

James thinks he is reasonably fit from dancing and stands a good chance against other competitors but thinks that, when facing athletes, he might rank lower than them.

Ola Jordan: Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer
Charity: Demelza House in East Sussex

Born in Poland, Ola Jordan is best known for her work as a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing. She married her dance partner James Jordan in 2003, who also appears on the show.

She first appeared on Strictly Come Dancing during the show’s fourth series and is currently partnering BBC Breakfast’s Chris Hollins. She has previously partnered DJ Spoony, rugby player Kenny Logan and GMTV presenter Andrew Castle.

James and Ola turned professional in 2003 after a brilliant amateur partnership. The pair have also enjoyed a rewarding career in teaching Latin American Dancing.

Ola is really excited about taking part in Total Wipeout. Her main motivation is to beat her husband. Her tactic is to look attractive and sexy whilst she’s doing the course.

In preparation Ola says that she will be watching plenty of Rocky movies and getting her husband James to hold pillows for her whilst she punches them.

Kevin Adams: TV presenter/fitness expert

Charity: Macmillan Cancer Relief

Kevin Adams is a fitness expert and choreographer most renowned for his work on Fame Academy.

Kevin is currently a personal trainer to a number of high-profile celebrities and is a guest presenter for London Tonight and This Morning.

Kevin’s main reason for taking part in the show is for his children. They are huge fans of Total Wipeout and often re-enact it in their living room.

He plans to take the majority of the course very seriously, but has a different approach to the Big Red Balls. He plans to make the “best worst fall” in the history of Total Wipeout, and says “the bigger the stack, the better!”

Kevin believes that his main strength is his ability to keep going and to stay focused.

Fatima Whitbread: former international athlete
Charity: 21st Century Children

Fatima Whitbread MBE is a former javelin thrower and a multiple medal-winner.

Fatima won a silver medal at the inaugural World Championships in 1983. In the 1986 European Athletic Championships in Stuttgart she broke the World Record with a javelin throw of 77.4 metres. She went on to win the competition and followed this by becoming world champion in 1987.

In 1987 Fatima won BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Fatima is still very passionate about sport and, as well as looking after her 11-year-old son, also champions a number of sports charities.

As a former Olympic Champion, Fatima still trains regularly and is the fittest she thinks she’s ever been, describing her fitness as six on a scale of one to five.

Luke Bailey: actor
Charity: Debra (a charity for people with a genetic skin condition that causes blistering)

Twenty-five-year-old Luke Bailey is a British actor known best for his roles as Sam Bateman in Casualty and Marley Kelly in Waterloo Road.

He also appeared in the BBC series Just The Two Of Us, alongside Natasha Hamilton, and Sky One’s Cirque De Celebrite.

Luke enjoys playing football but isn’t a fan of other types of exercise. His rigorous training programme is in the form of “pint curls”. The exercise is a form of bicep training, mainly executed in public houses, where he puts his hand to a pint glass and drinks it – pint to mouth – mouth to pint! Luke’s preparation for the course is to have an “all over wax” for aero-dynamity.

He cites his strengths as his fashion sense, stamina and high pain threshold. His weaknesses are that he’s not very good at embarking on things before thinking, which might be a hindrance when taking part in the Big Red Balls.

Luke is quite competitive and says that: “It would be bad if I didn’t at least win.”

Luke thinks a bit of “all-out wrestling” might occur during Dizzy Dummies and would consider pushing someone else in the water if he had to.

Kaye Adams: journalist and TV presenter
Charity: Children First

Journalist and TV presenter Kaye Adams is best known for her role hosting ITV1’s Loose Women. Born and bred in Scotland, Kaye’s initial career focused on political and news journalism. She started as a graduate trainee for Central Television and her first coup was a one-hour interview with Margaret Thatcher.

An offer to host a discussion show for Scottish Television moved Kaye’s career to a different path. She presented Scottish Women for six years and the show won several awards.

Kaye writes a regular column for The Daily Record in Scotland and also guest hosts for Matthew Wright’s show The Wright Stuff.

Kaye lives with her long term partner and their two daughters.

Kaye admits she hasn’t had time to put in any extra training ahead of tackling the Total Wipeout course. One of her daughters is advising her on strategies and takes training her mother very seriously.

Carrie Grant: vocal coach and presenter
Charity: Crohns

Carrie is a celebrity vocal coach and session singer. She is best known for her work on the TV talent contests Fame Academy, Comic Relief Does Fame Academy and Pop Idol, together with her husband and colleague David Grant. She is also personal voice coach to many successful pop stars including Take That, Will Young and Lemar.

With her husband David, Carrie has recently created Carrie And David’s Popshop, a children’s TV series broadcast on CBeebies.

At 43 years old, she describes herself as fairly fit. Carrie does half an hour of exercise every day which consists of running, personal training sessions and power plate in the gym.

Her proudest non-sporting achievement was winning the BBC series Safari School where she had a stand-off with an elephant.

She says the Big Red Balls are amazing and can’t wait to try her luck with them. She is absolutely dreading the Dizzy Dummies.

Tim Vine: comedian
Charity: Cure Parkinsons Trust

Tim Vine is a stand-up comedian and actor. Most recently, he has appeared in the sitcom Not Going Out alongside Lee Mack. He continues to sell out theatres up and down the country with his stand-up tours.

Whilst playing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, he filmed a cameo on Australian soap Neighbours.

In January this year, he won Celebrity Mastermind with his specialist subject of Elvis Presley and was a contestant on Comic Relief Does Fame Academy in 2007. He also appeared on Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with his older brother Jeremy Vine, author, journalist and BBC Radio 2 presenter.

In 2004, Tim broke the Guinness World Record for the most jokes told in an hour.

Tim jokes that one of his strengths is that he is a good listener and he plans to keep his ears peeled while he’s doing the course.

His motto is “Hello fear, do you like parties?” and he doesn’t go to the gym although he says he occasionally walks to the shops which takes about 10 minutes. He is aware that he maybe needs to get a bit fitter before taking part in Total Wipeout so he plans to jump up and down as high as he can on his bed, which he hopes will prepare him for The Sweeper.

Tim really wants to win but he doesn’t think he’s in with a chance, especially against someone young and/or sporty. Taking part in Total Wipeout is one of the scariest things he’s ever done apart from sometimes holding his car keys above a drain.

Danielle Lloyd: model and TV presenter
Charity: Guiding Light / The Lantern Project

Danielle Lloyd is a model and TV presenter who was Miss England 2004 and Miss Great Britain 2006.

She authored a documentary for BBC Three about domestic violence where she talked about her own experiences. She cites the documentary as ones of her proudest achievements, especially as it formed part of this year’s Comic Relief campaign.

Danielle has appeared on a host of reality and entertainment shows including: the 2007 version of Celebrity Big Brother, BBC One’s Test The Nation, MTV’s Cribs, Tonight With Trevor Macdonald and a glamour model special of The Weakest Link.

Danielle loves to play golf with her boyfriend and tries to swim every day. She likes to keep in shape at the gym and enjoys boxing, but doesn’t think that this will help on the sucker punch.

Danielle’s strategy is to take her time and not rush to avoid making mistakes.

Her weakness is chocolate doughnuts and says if someone wanted to distract her on the Total Wipeout course, a doughnut would be the perfect tactic.

She is keen to take part as she thinks it will be a great fun challenge and also wants to raise money for her charity.

Joe Pasquale: comedian
Charity: Diabetes UK

Joe Pasquale is a comedian best known for his high-pitched voice. In 2004, he was crowned King of the Jungle on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Since the jungle, Joe has made a number of TV appearances including The Weakest Link, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and The Paul O’Grady Show, which he has hosted three times. He has also presented The Prisoner X which was part of Virgin One’s documentary season filmed from a prison in Costa Rica.

He is currently “Minister of Merkins” for The Monster Raving Looney Party. If elected, his policies would include lead-free pencils and creating a beach in Birmingham. Joe trains at the gym four times a week. He tends to circuit train, run, skip as well as practice his boxing.

Joe is not looking forward to Dizzy Dummies as he has a fear of being sick or people being sick on him.

He says his weakness is that he can’t see very well without his glasses and that he is very single minded. His children love the show and think its mental so would love to see him taking part.

Joe’s proudest sporting achievement is flying with the Red Arrows, which cured his fear of flying.

Sally Gunnell OBE: former Olympic athlete

Charity: Rwandan Orphanage

Sally Gunnell OBE is a former British Olympic champion who now works as a broadcaster and motivational speaker.

She won gold in the 400m hurdles at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and set the world record in the same event in the 1993 World Championships. She retired in 1997 after a recurrence of an achilles tendon injury.

Sally is generally very active in the garden with her kids and tries to get to the gym three or four times per week. She is always keen to draw on her wealth of knowledge and experience to help inspire and encourage families to get active and healthy.

She describes herself as a generally competitive and highly-motivated person, but isn’t taking the training side too seriously. She says just wants to go for it on the course!

Sally isn’t fearful of any of the other competitors as she thinks you can be the fittest athlete in the world but you could still slip up on the course. Having grown up on a farm, Sally says she was always covered in mud, so Total Wipeout won’t really faze her much!

When Sally competed at Olympic level her ritual was to have a cold shower before competitions. She says she may do this for good luck, but she thinks the cold water on the Total Wipeout course might be enough for one day!

Kirsten O’Brien: presenter and stand-up comic
Charity: The Teesside Hospice

Kirsten O’Brien is a TV and radio presenter. Kirsten’s latest projects include documentary Kirsten’s Topless Ambition, presenting coverage from the World Freerunning Championships 2009 and narrating Britain’s Most Embarrassing Parents – all for BBC Three. She is currently filming another new series for the broadcaster.

Kirsten regularly presents competition strands for GMTV as well as reports on The One Show. Other TV credits include the BBC’s Gimme A Break, Help, Teach Is Coming To Stay, Smart, Totally Doctor Who, Spingwatch Tracker and Smile. She has also recently presented the online programme Orange Music Show.

Kirsten is well known on the comedy circuit and returned to the Edinburgh Fringe last year, where tickets to her one-woman show Confessions Of A Children’s TV Presenter sold out.

Her radio credits include BBC Radio 2’s The Zoe Ball Show and the Big Toe Radio Show for BBC Radio 7. She is a regular contributor on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Christian O’Connell’s Solution and has also co-presented the Capital FM breakfast show.

Mud is something that Kirsten is quite happy about. She thinks that she has “rubbish hair” so expects that the mud will be an excellent excuse not to have to style it.

She says that her one key weakness is that, when she starts laughing, she will get distracted and thinks the chances of her laughing at other competitor’s misfortunes on the show are fairly high.

Dominic Littlewood: presenter

Charity: Diabetes UK

Dominic is one of British TV’s most well-known faces in consumer rights programming. His presenting portfolio includes Wrong Car, Right Car, To Buy Or Not To Buy, How I Made My Property Fortune, Beat The Burglar, Don’t Get Done, Get Dom and Cowboy Builders.

Dom is the consumer reporter on the BBC’s The One Show and currently has a book out which accompanies the series Don’t Get Done, Get Dom.

In 2007, Dom was partnered with Lilia Kopylova in the fifth series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing where, despite a valiant effort; he went out in week five.

Dom loves his water sports – waterskiing, slalem skiing, barefoot skiing, wake/knee boarding, sailing – and is an established PADI diver.

He is a big fan of high-octane activities: in his life he has driven off ledges, ice dived in France, been cloofing (climbing mountains in Africa where the only way back down is to jump into large rock pools), swum with sharks in an aquarium and been paragliding.

Andrea McLean: presenter
Charity: Demelza House

Originally from Scotland, Andrea is best known for her current role presenting Loose Women and her time on GMTV. Her career began as a travel writer but, when an opportunity came up to work as a presenter for a weather channel, Andrea jumped at the chance. Within 18 months she was working as a weather girl for GMTV.

She has co-hosted GMTV with both Ben Shephard and Eamonn Holmes and took over the reins on LK Today in Lorraine Kelly’s absence.

In 2006 she took part in the first series of Dancing On Ice as a celebrity skater. She says it was by far the hardest thing she has ever done. The opportunity led to a co-host position on the daily ITV1 series Dancing On Ice Extra with Andi Peters.

Andrea currently lives in Surrey with her husband and her two children.

Andrea has a daredevil streak – she has completed three tandem parachute jumps and bungee jumped in Australia. She is taking part in the competition for her inner seven-year-old and, as she has just turned 40, wants to prove that there’s “life in the old girl yet”.

Sam Nixon: TV presenter
Charity: Barnsley Hospice

Sam Nixon is a well-established CBBC presenter. He is best known for hosting TMi, Top Of The Pops Reloaded and Level Up alongside his co-host Mark Rhodes.

Sam started his career as a singer and came third on the Pop Idol in 2003. Following his success on the show, he teamed up with runner-up Mark Rhodes and released two singles under the name Sam and Mark. In February 2004, their cover of the song With A Little Help From My Friends reached number one.

Sam’s work-out regime consists of a gym trip three times a week, where he mainly trains with weights. He also plays badminton which he says is the only thing he gets competitive about.

Sam and Mark plan to train one another, which they describe as an advantage of being part of a duo.

Sam doesn’t think that he’ll be particularly competitive on the Total Wipeout course and says: “Mark will be competitive for the two of us!”

He thinks it’s more about the fun element than anything else: “As a child, jumping on an obstacle course was the best thing in the world, so to take part as an adult would be brilliant!”

Mark Rhodes: TV presenter
Charity: Promise Dreams

Mark Rhodes is a well-established CBBC presenter. He is best known for hosting TMi, Top Of The Pops Reloaded and Level Up alongside his co-host Sam Nixon.

He shot to fame on Pop Idol 2 where he finished second to Michelle McManus. After Pop Idol he teamed up with third-placed Sam Nixon, releasing two singles under the name Sam and Mark.

Mark’s interests include WWE wrestling. His favourite wrestler of all time is Bret ‘The Hit Man’ Hart. He says he won’t be afraid to use a few wrestling tackles to push people out of the way in his bid to win Total Wipeout.

Mark really wants to take part in the show because it’s set in Argentina. He sees the course as a big adventure playground for adults and he can’t wait to have a go.

He describes himself as fairly fit and tries to get to the gym three times a week.

Mark says that he is really competitive within a sporting environment and normally beats Sam at everything he does, including pool.

His proudest sporting achievement was scoring a goal at a regional football final in front of an audience of 500 when he was 13 years old.

If Mark wins Total Wipeout he plans to split the winnings with Sam’s charity.

Cleo Rocos: comedy actress
Charity: London Air Ambulance

Cleo Rocos is a comedy actress, most famously known for her role in The Kenny Everett Show.

Cleo took part in Celebrity Big Brother 5 in 2007 alongside Jermaine Jackson and fellow Total Wipeout competitor Danielle Lloyd. In September 2009, Cleo travelled to Guadalajara, Mexico to be honoured by the tequila industry for her knowledge and work with tequila. She is now officially recognized as “The Tequila Queen”.

She goes to the gym about four times a week. She has been doing extra training with weights to improve her upper arm strength for the Total Wipeout course.

Cleo thinks of Total Wipeout as a great challenge is most looking forward to tackling the Big Red Balls and thinks that they will be the element of the course that she’ll be best at.

She never goes anywhere without her “waterproof, bombproof” make-up on and, if she makes it across the wall in the Total Wipeout Zone, she plans to top up her lipstick.

Chris Parker: actor and TV presenter

Charity: Childline

Chris is best known for reaching the final in the first series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing and for his three years playing the role of Spencer Moon in EastEnders. He is now a successful TV presenter and broadcaster.

After leaving EastEnders, Chris went on to become one of the continuity presenters for CBBC. He then hosted MTV News, CD:UK, and the regular entertainment segment on This Morning. He also played Clive Hocker in BBC drama Hotel Babylon.

In 2005, Chris went to Los Angeles where he hosted Dead Famous Live with Gail Porter. He lived in Los Angeles for two years where he also presented The Hollywood 411 and The Big Movie Show for Fox’s TV Guide Network. He has reported for the Press Association with many appearances on the Hollywood premiere circuit and he was part of the transition team for TMZ expanding from online to broadcast.

Chris has visited Africa to make a film about poverty and works intensely with children’s charities NSPCC and Barnardo’s as well being an advocate for Youth Offenders.

Chris recently completed the tour of Strictly Come Dancing Live and earlier this year presented and produced reports for BBC News entertainment programme E24.

He says is extremely competitive and expects to do really well on Total Wipeout. He believes he is a fast runner and has good core strength having run two London marathons, in 2004 and 2005.

Chris isn’t afraid to play dirty. On Strictly Come Dancing he put Vaseline on the soles of his competitor’s shoes. He says if he gets the chance he may try and do this on Total Wipeout so that every one will be sliding all over the place as they attempt the course.

Celebrities take on Total Wipeout challenge – two 60-minute specials this winter on BBC One

Viewers are in for a real treat this winter as Richard Hammond returns to present two hilarious celebrity editions of Total Wipeout.

The purpose-built course outside Buenos Aires is a magnet for the fearless and the foolhardy – so how will the celebrities fare when they take on the world’s largest and most extreme obstacle course?

There will be no VIP treatment for these stars; they must have strength, stamina and nerves of steel to make their way through to the final.

Expect more magnificent mud splashes and comical crushes as ten celebrities go head to head in each episode in order to win £10,000 for their chosen charity.

Competing against each other in the first celebrity special will be: fitness expert and choreographer Kevin Adams; Strictly Come Dancing dancers James and Ola Jordan; Casualty and Waterloo Road actor Luke Bailey; ex-EastEnders star Joe Swash; comedian Tim Vine; vocal coach Carrie Grant; actress Adele Silva (Emmerdale); former international record breaking athlete Fatima Whitbread; and presenter Kaye Adams.

The second group of celebrities to take up the Total Wipeout challenge are: actor Chris Parker (EastEnders); comedian Joe Pasquale; presenter Dominic Littlewood; comedy actress Cleo Rocos; Olympic gold medal winner Sally Gunnell; presenter and stand-up comic Kirsten O’Brien; Loose Women presenter Andrea McLean; model and presenter Danielle Lloyd; and singers and presenters Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes.

Amanda Byram will be trackside in Argentina to talk to the courageous celebrities about how brilliantly, and how terribly, they are doing in their attempts to complete this extraordinary course.

Those that make it through to the final will have to use every last ounce of energy to tackle the Total Wipeout Zone and walk away victorious with £10,000.

Total Wipeout is a painfully funny game show that will leave viewers on the edge of their seats.

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