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Which of these brave celebs will hit an all-time high on The Jump

As Channel 4 launches another batch of stars onto the ski slopes of Austria, Gemma Dunn quizzes this year's contestants and finds out who reckons they are in it to win it.

Published 03/02/2016

Peak performance: the celebrity competitors in The Jump
Peak performance: the celebrity competitors in The Jump

The new series of The Jump kicked off in style and has already seen actress Louisa Lytton snowballed out of the competition, not to mention all manner of lumps, bumps and dislocations. But as the competition hots up, how will the other celebs fare?

Beth Tweddle (30), former world champion gymnast

Why The Jump?

"When I was a gymnast, I always wanted to ski - my friends used to go off on school ski trips and because of my training I wasn't allowed to go, so it was one of the first things I wanted to do when I retired."

Have you skied before?

"I've been on a five-day skiing holiday and I can stand on my skis, but I wouldn't say I'm a skier."

Are you competitive?

"I'm competitive against myself. I get really frustrated if I can't do something, so I'm constantly trying to go one better, but not necessarily with other people."

How we rate her

Tweddle stands a good chance. The fastest in the skeleton and hugely competitive to boot - watch this space.

Rebecca Adlington (26), former Olympic champion swimmer

Why The Jump?

"I've never been allowed to ski because of my swimming - it's always been too risky. I've always wanted to be able to go on a ski holiday, be in a chalet and hit the slopes every day."

Which event are you most looking forward to?

"The one event I'm most looking forward to is slalom. It's proper skiing and also skills that I could use if I went on holiday again after."

Are you competitive?

"I'm a cautious competitive person. Some people just throw themselves at everything without any fear, but I think the inner sportswoman definitely will come out a little bit."

How we rate her

Adlington is now suffering from a sore shoulder having dislocated it during a jump. This could be a setback, especially as she's naturally cautious, but her competitive drive will see her through at least a few weeks more.

Tamara Beckwith (45), socialite

Can you ski?

"Yes, I love skiing - I started when I was five. I'm mad for being on the mountains - I love it - it's my favourite thing in the whole world."

Did you know any other competitors before you started?

"I know Tina, Sid and Mark-Francis. I think they've got an amazing mix, and meeting the athletes in particular is a perk for us. To me, that's the double cherry on the mountain."

Are you a fan of lycra costumes?

"I've always wanted to be a racer anyway, so for me, I'm like, 'What a bonus'. I wear quite a lot of catsuits anyway, so it's not too far out of my own little bubble."

How we rate her

Beckwith hasn't shown us anything to get excited about as yet, but she should be great in the skiing rounds, so that'll stand her in good stead.

Dean Cain (49), actor

Have you skied before?

"I've skied for several years - never with any formal training or race lessons, but I haven't been in years. However, I love the mountains and I love skiing, so this looks like it will be a blast."

Which event are you most looking forward to?

"I'm probably most looking forward to trying the jump, however, it's also the thing I'm most dreading."

Are you competitive?

"I'm an athlete at heart, and very competitive. After playing Superman (in Nineties TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman), every time you enter a competition, it is expected that you compete well. It's just too easy to make fun of a Superman who gets beat."

How we rate him

Pretty good. He lost to an Olympic champion but held his own on the jump. Definitely one to watch.

James 'Arg' Argent (28), TOWIE star

Why The Jump?

"One of my best friends, Joey Essex, competed last year and won. He told me how much of an amazing experience it was, and I'd like to experience the same and have a bit of a challenge."

Did you know any other competitors before you started?

"I know Brian already - I get on really well with him. I don't think we'll be competitive, we get on too well.

"I think we'll just be making each other laugh and having lots of fun."

How we rate him

Arg did mention he wasn't in the best shape of his life and everything we saw in episode one confirmed it. Could be out next.

Brian McFadden (35), singer and TV presenter

Are you competitive?

"Very. I want to win. I only entered to win it, not to come second or third. I came to win."

Have you spoken to any celebs from a previous series?

"Yes, everyone from last year, I've pretty much spoken to. I met all the guys, even Steve-O, at Mike Tindall's golf day and they all said it was the best time ever."

How we rate him

Despite his fighting talk, we're not convinced he'll even make the halfway mark.

Mark-Francis Vandelli (27), Made In Chelsea star

Why The Jump?

"I went to a school where I spent half of my year in (London's) Knightsbridge and half in Switzerland, and my parents would never let me ski because they were too afraid that I would hurt myself. I go skiing every year, but it consists of sitting at the top of the mountain drinking, eating and tanning."

Are you sporty?

"Not in the slightest. The most sport I do is picking up a glass of champagne."

How are you feeling about living with the other competitors?

"To be perfectly frank, I've not really given this too much thought. All I've really considered thus far is that I'm going to learn to ski, and it's going to be a crazy experience."

How we rate him

The MIC star could be one to watch. While he makes out he's not especially bothered and just wants to hurry up and get to the champagne bar, it could be a poker face.

Sarah Harding (34), Girls Aloud singer and actress

Have you skied before?

"I can ski a little bit, but fingers crossed I'll get better."

Did you know any other

competitors before you started?

"I know Jodie (Kidd) and Joey who did it last year, as I see them at events and stuff. Jodie said it was great fun."

How we rate her

As a self-confessed adrenaline junkie, Harding will fare well in the faster sports. Skiing might prove problematic, though.

Linford Christie (55), former Olympic athlete

Why The Jump?

"It was something that I've always wanted to try. I've never skied before and I like to do new things for a challenge, and this is a very different challenge."

Are you competitive?

"Of course I am I want to win. I'm very competitive."

How are you feeling about living with the other competitors?

"I've never really had a room-mate - I'm not really that kind of person. As long as they're clean and tidy then I'll be all right."

How we rate him

It's Linford Christie - of course he's going to do well.

Sid Owen (44), actor

Can you ski?

"My skiing is all right. I've skied for quite a few years on and off, so I'm a capable skier."

Which event are you most looking forward to?

"I'm really looking forward to the slalom races."

And what about some apres-ski?

"Skiing and training with professionals, you'll be knackered with the altitude and physical side of it. I find every time I go skiing, I ski all day, and after a meal and a glass of wine, I'm ready for bed." Hmmm - that's not what Davina said in episode one, when she seemed to blame Owen entirely for not letting her get to sleep.

How we rate him

Surprisingly, Riiiiicky could be quite good at this. He seems quite competitive and is keen to break records, so we think he could go far.

Tina Hobley (44), actress

Why The Jump?

"It's a wonderful opportunity to be trained by the best in a sport that I love. Being in the Alps, with all the fresh air and sunshine, who wouldn't want to do it?"

Did you have any inhibitions about signing up?

"I asked a few questions but no, because I don't really see it as a reality show. I see it more as an extreme challenge/winter show. There's nothing personal, it's not intrusive."

Have you spoken to any celebs from a previous series?

"Yes, Jodie Kidd is a friend and she had a blast last year. But she did say it was really tough. I'm going to be aggressive and fearless - that's all I want."

How we rate her

Hobley's grunts of determination are bound to see her do well. She's incredibly focused when she wants to be.

  • The Jump, Sunday, on Channel 4, 7pm

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