Welcome to the Jungle.
That was Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies first words on social media about the appearance of his wife Jackie Gillies on the Channel 10 show, I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!
Jackie, known for starring on The Real Housewives of Melbourne and for being a “professional psychic”, is in the South African jungle with nine other contestants.
Among them are Anthony Mundine, Bernard Tomic, Shannon Noll and Tiffany [a flame-haired pop star from the ‘80s].
You might remember those heartfelt lyrics: “I think we're alone now, there doesn't seem to be anyone around, I think we're alone now, the beating of our hearts is the only sound”.
Those lyrics were touching, as was Jackie Gillies’ heartfelt effort to prevent a depressed Tomic – the Aussie tennis misfit – from quitting the show on its second night, after he struggled with a terrifying challenge.
Tomic had to walk on a narrow bridge off a 200-metre high cliff, while wearing goggles that made his vision become upside down. He had to reach out to grab big yellow stars to win points for a decent dinner for his camp mates.
He did OK, but then his head began to spin, he became ill and had to quit the challenge. Back at camp with his fight or flight hormones well and truly kicked in, he began talking about quitting the show.
Jackie, a Newcastle gal, worked with Anthony Mundine to talk him around.
Things started to get a tad Freudian as Bernard poured his heart out, showing a vulnerability that hasn’t always been obvious in heated moments of anger and frustration before the world’s tennis press.
“I came here to find myself and to find who I am,” Bernard uttered, in a state of despair.
Jackie said to the 25-year-old: “We’d love you to stay. I don’t think you should give up. I think you should power through. Do it for your charity and yourself”.
Meanwhile, Ben has taken over his wife’s social media accounts, while urging people to vote to keep her on the show.
“It’s Ben here and I just want to say I am so proud of Jackie. It’s definitely going to be challenging for her, but I know she will rock it in the jungle. Go Jacks!!” he said.
Sticking with the Silverchair theme, a “melon rescue” will be held at The Edwards in Newcastle West on Wednesday.
The former band’s bassist Chris Joannou is a co-owner of the cafe and bar, which will host “melon mania” from 10am to 6pm.
So-called “warpaint watermelons” grown on Moore Farm at Wollombi are ripe for the picking.
They’ll be available straight from the back of a truck, old-school style. We hear they’re juicy and sweet. And if people don’t buy them, they’ll go to waste.
There are 100 melons on offer, eight to 20 kilograms in size, costing $8 to $12.
Melon party anyone?