Coming up on NBC in early June is the new reality show “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here”. The show will be filmed in the lowland rainforests of Costa Rica’s Sarapiqui region. Contestants confirmed to participate include actor Stephen Baldwin, former NBA Star John Salley, American Idol contestant Sanjaya and Speidi. There has been some controversy already with this production as the former Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich was rejected as a participant due to some legal issues, although his wife is antsy to be on the show and take his place. Costa Rica’s Tourism Industry will surely benefit from this TV show as more foreigners will be encouraged to visit and experience Costa Rica.
“So ballsy former Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich won’t be living the pura vida in Costa Rica after all. That pesky indictment has quashed Blago’s plans to continue his fifteen minutes with a stint on the NBC reality show “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” (He won’t be getting the rumored $80K a week that some news outlets reported he’d earn from NBC either.) Instead, reality leeches and newlyweds Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt will get to unleash their egos and suck any camera time dry all while calling Costa Rica home. (Can they move there for good, please?!)
The temporary home appears to be set on location in the Sarapiquí region and potentially at Selva Verde Rainforest Lodge. NBC is in negotiations with the hotel to house most of the cast and crew while the nearby Hotel Sueño Azul Resort may serve as the headquarters for production.
While the judge on Blagojevich’s case overpowered the good/bad television gods by nixing any travel abroad, it is rumored that Mrs. Blagojevich may take to the jungle if she can stomach eating bugs and other unsavory challenges.
If she goes for the unsophisticated but legit dough, she’ll be battling it out with contestants besides Speidi that might include: talk show host Geraldo Rivera, former supermodel Janice Dickinson, former “American Idol” contestant Sanjaya Malakar and Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman for the title of “King of Queen of the Jungle.” How kind of NBC to give these people a chance at being a winner.
Personally, we’d much rather watch the howler and spider monkeys swing from the canopies. Hopefully the toxic cast doesn’t destroy the ecosystem.”