Dancing with strangers
Marianne Macdonald fo The Scotsman interviews Wayne Sleep
The ballet dancer Wayne Sleep is, by now, deep in the heart of the Australian rainforest, starring in I’m A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here! I wonder if it is a good idea. There is something a bit undignified about being decanted into the jungle for a television show. Fine if you are a D-list celeb with a failing career. But the man Dame Ninette de Valois, founder of the Royal Ballet, said was the greatest virtuoso dancer the Royal Ballet ever produced? A man who is in his mid-fifties? Who knows all the royals?
Sleep, when I meet him as he prepares to leave London, does not seem to give a hoot. "George didn’t think I should go," he admits airily, referring to his long-suffering PA, George Lawson. "But I’m dying to get away from London. I love working with other people as a team, and I want to see how I cope.
"Normally I go on holidays with all the trimmings. Of course, George is going to be in the hotel where the partners are put up, leading the life of Riley." click for more
and a very brief update: Viewers rat on ballet star
From The Scotsman
FORMER ballet dancer Wayne Sleep was today preparing to don a "rat-food suit" and crawl amongst 300 live rats in I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here!
Sleep took the news calmly after he received the most votes from the British public watching last night’s show.
Unofficial figures revealed I’m a Celebrity has already pulled in as many viewers as the climax of the first series. Almost 11 million people saw the first programme in the second run of the jungle survival show. click for more