Fleur East says new ITV show Don’t Rock the Boat makes I’m A Celebrity look like a holiday

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Move over Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins and I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here – ITV’s new show Don’t Rock The Boat will give you seasickness just from watching.

The five-part series sees two groups of six famous faces competing against each other in one of the toughest challenge competitions to hit our screens.

They’ll eat, sleep and live on a boat with only each other for company as they take on a rowing race across the length of Britain.

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When they’re not on water, they’ll be tackling physical challenges on dry land. And things get very hard very quickly.

The celebrity line-up includes Fleur East, Adam Thomas, Jack Fincham, Denise Lewis, Lucy Fallon, Jodie Kidd, Craig Charles, Kimberly Wyatt, Shaun Wallace, Joe Weller, Victoria Pendleton and Tom Watson.

We met some of the celebrity rowers to find out why they would never have signed up for the show if they’d known what was in store…

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Fleur East

How did this compare to I’m A Celeb?

It made the jungle feel like a holiday! Every single person reached their breaking point. There were moments where we thought we were going to die and others when our dignity was out of the window.

Would you have signed up if you’d known?

At the end of it we were saying, “If I’d watched this on TV and someone asked me to do it, I’d have said no way!”

Were there any injuries along the way?

Blisters, bruises, and our muscles were so tight. It was like a recurring nightmare.

Adam Thomas

What made you want to take part?

I’d been in lockdown with my wife and kids for so long that it was just any excuse to get out of the house! [Laughs] I’ve done shows like this before, but this was not for the faint-hearted.

Was it tougher than you thought?

I didn’t really expect it to be that hard. It was hard to keep up with my team – especially the women. They were relentless and unstoppable.

We hear the seasickness was bad…

It’s safe to say it was coming out at both ends at some points. It’s going to make great telly!

Jack Fincham

How did you find doing the show?

It’s been one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done. I’ll be honest, it was actually really scary having to row in the dark and it’s the most I’ve ever been pushed mentally.

What got you through?

I had to think about how proud my family are of me to help me through those harder times. I made such a strong friendship with Shaun, we just got each other.

Did you make any other friends?

I really look up to Jodie now. Tom is an absolute hero. And Kimberly should be an Olympian! We all pulled together.

Denise Lewis

As an Olympian, surely this was a walk in the park?

I like to think I’m quite a tough character. But there were moments when I thought, “Nah! This is not right. We shouldn’t be going through this.”

Did you ever think about quitting?

At your lowest point, you were thinking, “It can’t get worse than this…”And then it did. But there was something about the camaraderie and need to keep digging deep that didn’t let you quit.

How fierce did the competition get?

Once we had our team colours, that was it. Game on!

Don’t Rock The Boat airsMonday toFriday at 9pm and Tuesday at 9.15pm on ITV

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