Im a Celeb star spills on morning rituals and strange off-screen tannoy
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I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! star Arlene Phillips has revealed the bizarre way campmates are woken up in the mornings.
The 2022 series star spoke exclusively to the Daily Star about her time on the show and explained how there is a secret tannoy that viewers at home don't hear.
Arlene explained: "There is a specific time to wake up, Louise Minchin and I were always awake before that time, But it comes over the tannoy and it wakes you up – it's someone talking and they shout across the tannoy."
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"We didn't know the time it was strictly forbidden – we used to try to guess by looking at the sky and everyone would try to guess it roughly and constantly try to count the hours when it's day and when it's night.
"But at the end of the day, you have no clue because you lose track of time – that was very hard actually not knowing the time of day and counting how many hours of sleep you have.
"Some people slept for hours and hours, well over 15 hours sometimes, and I didn't have a massive amount of sleep so there was a lot of hours pondering."
She also shared her thoughts on MP Matt Hancock entering the ITV jungle.
TV icon Arlene, 79, continued: "Ugh, I don't have any words suitable for a newspaper regarding that man.
"But no amount of screaming will be enough for me," as she referred to him screaming in the teaser trailer for tonight's trial.
Though she did say that she was "excited" to see this year play out and is "intrigued" to see what happens with conservative Matt.
The former Strictly judge starred on the show last year when it was set in Grwrych Castle in Wales and shared the camp alongside the likes of Naughty Boy, Danny Miller, Snoochie Shy and David Ginola.
Last year, ITV viewers were left in shock after finding out Arlene's age, as her youthful looks left fans thinking she was way younger.
The stunning professional dancer looked radiant and makeup-free on the show – and viewers were taken aback that she was nearly 80-years-old.
Talking about her youthful looks, she said: "That's all I heard that no one could believe it – it does feel good having to have people understand really often age can be how you feel and the chronological wheel doesn't necessarily account for you falling apart as the years continue.
"It's just dance! A healthy diet, dance, and walking…"
I'm A Celeb airs Sunday to Friday at 9pm on ITV
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