I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!

Season 1 Episode 1

Episode 1

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Aired Weekdays 8:00 PM Feb 19, 2003 on NBC
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The show began LIVE in the Australian rain forest as host John Lehr explained that, the previous day, 10 "celebrities" had been abandoned in the forest and forced to survive for 15 days. The action then shifted to tape of the previous day before the celebrities arrived at camp. It began at their hotel where the celebs where briefed on jungle skills by a survival guide. The women got squeamish at the sight of the spiders with which they'll be cohabitating and also by the grasshoppers that were proven to be edible, as Tyson Beckford and Cris Judd both demonstrated. The celebs then bid adieu to civilization as they were flown into the jungle and had to take a taxing trek to their camp.

Unfortunately for 62 year-old Robin Leach, the hike proved troubling for him, as he kept falling down while huffing and puffing his way through the jungle. However, when they got to camp, Robin wasted no time in taking charge- despite the fact that he nominated Bruce Jenner as the camp leader for the day. Meanwhile, poor Nikki Schieler Ziering learned the meaning of "roughing it" the hard way when she had to use a toilet with almost no privacy. And while other celebs brought useful luxury items (such as rope and gloves), she brought beauty products(?!). As Stuttering John Melendez described, Nikki seemed more interested in her appearance than helping out at camp. However, the one celeb who did need help, was the clueless and spoiled Alana Stewart, who broke down in tears at the end of the very first day.

As this was the first episode, the celebs had to decide amongst themselves which of them would take place in the first Bushtucker trial (an extreme challenge where they could earn meals for their campmates). Surprisingly, Melissa Rivers volunteered- but became pissed off when she realized the trials were meant to humiliate the celebs. For her trial, she had to pour 10 different containers of insects, worms and rats down an overly-sized pair of plastic see-through clown pants she was forced to wear. Melissa was given the opportunity at any time to quit by saying 8 magic words: "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!" However, if she didn't complete the task, the celebs would be forced to subsist on only rice and beans for the night. Despite finding the experience humiliating, Melissa did the job and scored enough meals for the camp. And that was just the first day!!

The action shifted back LIVE as host John Lehr had a nasty surprise for the celebs, the next celeb had already been chosen for the next night's Bushtucker trial. And the unlucky celeb (chosen via the Internet) to do some "jungle climbing" was Stuttering John Melendez. Host John Lehr then encouraged viewers to vote for the celeb they wanted to take part in the next Bushtucker trial- the crocodile pit! Tune in tomorrow!!moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

John Lehr

John Lehr

Host

Robin Leach

Robin Leach

Himself [1st Voted Off]

Maria Conchita Alonso

Maria Conchita Alonso

Herself [3rd Voted Off]

Downtown Julie Brown

Downtown Julie Brown

Herself [6th Voted Off]

Nikki Schieler Ziering

Nikki Schieler Ziering

Herself [4th Voted Off]

Melissa Rivers

Melissa Rivers

Herself [Runner-Up]

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