Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins returns to Channel 4 this evening, meet the 12 celebrities taking part in the new series.
Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins is back with twelve new well-known faces, all of whom think they have what it takes to pass SAS Selection. They will embark on the toughest test of their lives facing a gruelling course in the challenging terrain of the Scotland’s rugged West Coast.
The celebrity recruits will leave their glamourous lives behind and live together in a derelict farmstead on the remote island of Raasay where they will be exposed to Scotland’s unforgiving weather, harsh landscape and volatile seas.
Putting them through our toughest course yet is Chief Instructor, Ant Middleton and his team of Directing Staff, Foxy, Billy, Ollie and newest member Jay. The DS don’t care how famous the recruits are, how many followers they have or what they have done before this. As soon as they enter the selection process their celebrity status will be stripped away.
Facing a series of terrifying and brutal challenges, they’ll be forced to confront surprising truths about themselves to discover their true self.
Cast of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins 2020
Katie, 41, is a model, businesswoman, and TV personality.
Speaking about why she wanted to take part in SAS, Katie said: “Anybody who knows me will tell you I am always up for a challenge. I like to push my own personal boundaries. Life is about being the best you can be. I have learnt so much about myself from doing it.”
Katie also said the whole SAS experience has changed her: “I will never take my creature comforts for granted again. I left Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins with new life goals. I left the old Katie up there and she’s not coming back either.”
Joey, 29, is a former The Only Way is Essex star and TV personality.
Joey explained his reasoning for going on SAS: “I would say the main reason I took the opportunity was probably to show people who I really am. People see me on TV and they go “Yeah, Joey Essex. Oh yeah, he’s stupid”. But I feel like people underestimate who I really am, deep down inside.
“I’ve done loads of shows but I think this is the first one that’s going to show the deep layer under the skin of Joey Essex. I had heard about the show before, and I knew it would be such a crazy experience, but you come out of the other side a better person.”
Brendan, 43, is best known for appearing on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
When asked why he agreed to appear on SAS, Brendan said: “This particular type of programme is right up my street. When it came through I was quite chuffed to be asked. I like to do anything adrenalin-fuelled that challenges you, that pushes you out of your comfort zone. I think people don’t know me as that person, they only know me as a dancer. So when the offer came through, I jumped at it.”
Helen, 36, co-presented Blue Peter from 2008 until 2013 and since 2014 been a presenter on Countryfile.
“I’ve just never really done anything like this.,” Helen said if she’s up for the SAS challenge.
“I did all the challenge and adventure stuff when I was on Blue Peter but I’ve had two kids since then. When you become a mum everything changes in a good way but I just wanted to prove to myself that I could still get involved in tough stuff and challenge myself. So I kind I did it to see if I still could, if that makes sense!”
Anthea, 59, is best known for hosting Blue Peter and GMT.
Anthea spoke about her worries for taking part in SAS: “The silly thing is the things that were most worrying me, when I got there, I didn’t care two hoots about.
“The thing that most worried me, it’s a girl thing, it’s your home comforts. And yet when you get there you completely and utterly forget it. Those go out your head. You don’t care at all. It was the last thing on my mind and I think we all have to come back with lessons from this and actually, the lesson is what you don’t need, what really can live without. You’ll think, “Oh, no, I could never do X, Y, Z.” Yeah, you can. You’ll be fine. It’s fine.”
Nikki, 36, is an actress and former glamour model. She currently plays Maxine Minnive on Hollyoaks.
Speaking about why she’s appearing on the show, Nikki said: “The challenge. I love challenging myself and seeing how far I can push myself. In the past I cycled from Vietnam to Cambodia and whenever I’ve been asked to do something that’s a physical challenge, I want to do it because I want to try and see how far I can push my body.
“I also just wanted to go because I’m someone who really respects our forces. I’ve got family that were in the forces and to be able to have an experience like that and to be trained by the people that we were trained by, it’s just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I’d have been silly to pass up on. To be able to experience, as a civilian, even a tiny bit of what our forces go through in training, you just don’t get those opportunities in life. So, to me, it was just a fantastic opportunity and also to be able to see how far I could go and see what I could achieve.”
John, 57, is a former premiership footballer.
When asked if he was physically ready for the challenge, John said: “When I went into it, I was forgetting I’m not the same age as I was when I was winning the FA Cup final in 1988. Things have changed.
“I went into it believing I was Jackie Chan, but it was hard! The confidence I had built up with my martial arts and experiences, you needed everything on that particular platform. It was tough.”
Jack, 25, is a YouTube star who shot to fame in 2017 following his stint in I’m A Celebrity.
“I definitely thought it was time for me to come back to TV, and I wanted to come back in a really good and positive way by setting myself a huge challenge,” Jack said on why he wanted to take part in SAS.
“So when this show came knocking at the door, the timing felt right for me. It was a huge opportunity and it’s something you can’t really turn down. I was really interested to see how far, more mentally than physically, that I could push myself.”
Lauren, 27, is a Paralympic athlete. She also appeared on Strictly in 2018.
When asked what made her sign up for the show, Lauren said: “I think as an athlete, you love any sort of challenge. I definitely love pushing myself, and I get so upset if there’s something I can’t do. Just because that’s my personality, I might not be perfect at everything, but I like to give it a good go and know I gave my best.
“So, for me, it seemed like a challenge that was a tad more challenging than my own sport, and something that I completely had no knowledge of or any past experience. So it was just a case of going out there into the unknown, and just seeing if I could do it.”
Locksmith – real name Leon Rolle, 33, is best known for being drum and bass band Rudimental’s DJ.
Locksmith revealed he prepared physically for the show: “I’ve been training at a decent level since I was eight years old, so that’s something that was always a part of me, always inside me. That didn’t quite change, but what did change was that specific-ness of what I was training for.
“Once I knew that I was going to be on the show I started training in a way I thought some of the SAS operatives would in order to prepare for it. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, basically, but I tried my hardest to train for it!”
Yasmin, 29, is a Radio 1Xtra DJ.
When asked why she signed up for SAS, Yasmin said: “It was such an easy decision for me to make. I really love my fitness. I feel like with this show, it’s not a stereotypical celebrity show.
“I have two friends who have been in the show before and to see their emotional growth from it was everything that I needed to see for me to say yes.”
Tony, 37, is a former boxing champion.
Talking about his physical shape ahead of the show, Tony said: “I soon learned that being a former athlete was very, very tough, because you’ve got set demands for yourself and your body that you used to put on yourself, but I hadn’t been active or near a boxing ring for a year when the show started.
“It’s hard to stay motivated, to be honest. So I tried to get in the best shape I possibly could to prepare me for it, but nothing could have prepared me for what was ahead! Part of the real battle of this course is mental, the mental side of it.”
Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins 2020 starts tonight on Channel 4 at 9PM.