Scandal, demolition, entry ban: The jungle camp becomes a powder keg

Deepak Gupta January 26, 2022
Updated 2022/01/26 at 12:38 PM

“I’m a star – get me out of here!” is currently in its 15th season (also on RTL +). The RTL reality show has always been a guarantee for headlines. But this year the format caused a lot of hustle and bustle before it was broadcast and in the first few days in the jungle.

The new camp

The corona pandemic also had an impact on “I’m a star – get me out of here!”. After there was only one jungle show from Germany in 2021, another jungle camp abroad was announced in 2022. However, this time it will not take place in the Australian state of New South Wales as usual, but has moved to the north-east of South Africa, more precisely near the Kruger National Park. That’s where the Australians usually hold their show.

While there was still a time difference of ten hours to Germany in Australia, which is why the live broadcast was produced in the early morning and shown in Germany in the late evening, the production in South Africa is only an hour away from home. Sonja Zietlow (53) and Daniel Hartwich (43) now lead the show daily in the dark jungle.

The almost jungle campers

Reality star Christin Okpara made the first headline in the field of candidates. As RTL entertainment and jungle boss Markus Küttner explained in mid-January, there were “disagreements about Okpara’s vaccination status”. This is enough for the broadcaster to draw the appropriate conclusions: “For this reason, she will not take part in the jungle camp 2022.” And further: “Whether Christin is vaccinated or not is not the problem at this point. The point is that there is a legitimate suspicion that she made false statements about the vaccination against the corona virus to the production. ”However, the twelve announced candidates for the jungle camp 2022 remained: Jasmin Herren (43), widow of Willi Herren (1975-2021), moved up as a substitute candidate.

Shortly before moving in there was another corona failure: singer Lucas Cordalis (54) tested positive for the virus. For a long time there was hope that he would be able to move to the camp later. However, those responsible considered the risk of infection to be too great, and Cordalis had to return home. “Of course, I had very different wishes and ideas here in South Africa,” explains the 54-year-old before departure. He never felt any corona symptoms. His course was “so mild”.

The racism scandal

In the first days of the jungle camp, there were the usual bitches and quarrels between the residents. But an argument broke the camel’s back: Janina Youssefian (39) caused horror with a racist insult against Linda Nobat (27). In a statement that was published on Instagram, among other things, the broadcaster said: “During a violent argument, Janina Youssefian insulted Linda Nobat with a racist comment. RTL does not tolerate such behavior and has therefore decided that Janina Youssefian is no longer allowed to participate in the current season of ‘I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here’.”

There was also a statement on Janina Youssefian’s Instagram account about her expulsion. Among other things, it reads: “I would like to publicly apologize for my statements. I’m sincerely sorry that I slipped so linguistically in the jungle camp. My behavior and what I said to Linda cannot be excused.”

The aborted exam

On day five there was also a novelty in the jungle camp. Linda Nobat and Harald Glööckler (56) confidently went to the jungle test: “We’ll get all ten stars.” When Sonja Zietlow and Daniel Hartwich arrived at dizzying heights, it was said for the two: “Stars on the brink”. The task of the two: jump over a trampoline to a floating net and hold on to it as long as possible.

Luck in disguise: Too strong a wind led to the jungle test being canceled – “for the first time ever, ever, ever,” stressed Zietlow. The two candidates were still allowed to take all ten stars to the camp, which gave the residents a sumptuous dinner.


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