The Jump returned for its 4th season on Channel 4 this weekend but is it as good?
We are not convinced. Something seems to be missing. It could be that this is the first year that I haven’t live blogged the Jump therefore allowing myself more time to watch it but to me it seems to have lost its edge. It doesn’t feel as anarchic as is it once did it. It feels a bit like that seasonnaire who want’s to carry on living in the mountains but knows a lifestyle change is in order to make it sustainable.
At the end of the last season there was much written about it being the most dangerous reality show on TV after many participants were injured, including Tina Hobley who dislocated her elbow and Beth Tweddle who still sufferers from a back injury. Combined that with plummeting ratings and there were talks that it could be axed. But it wasn’t.
The return feels like it has taken seriously the safety issues that have been raised over the years, but that doesn’t mean that it is any safer. Vogue Williams, was the first person to injure herself and has not be able to compete in the show. Her knee injury happened while she was receiving some ski cross training. Last year 50% of the entrants when home with injuries, can you imagine if that was a sport wide statistic, skiing wouldn’t be as popular as it is.
There could argued that it doesn’t seem as good because the contestants aren’t that famous. Getting to know 14 new people in 90 minutes is a tough ask especially when several of them come from privileged backgrounds that make it hard to identify with and get behind. The rest of the cast are mainly athletes who essentially aren’t Phil Tufnell. The biggest star is Sir Bradley Wiggins, who looks like a man that has ended up at a Hen Do and can’t escape but knows the only way to survive is to join in as half hearted as possible while saying how much fun he is having.
One of the biggest innovations of this years event was the celebrities being introduced and appearing from behind a screen and then paraded through a crowd of unexcited crew members. This could have been dramatically improved if done in ski boots on icy steps with a handicap system that matched number of day skiing to the number of additional children skis they had to carry.
Of course we will still be watching every week and soon it will be time to confess that Spenser is our favourite, but not just yet. Let’s just hope the action gets a bit more exciting as this week’s just seemed like a beginner slope highlight package and the racing was about as tense as a snapped hamstring.
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Dear Producers of The Jump,
My name is Jim and I wondered if I could could enter your competition next year? It looks like everyone has a great time and I think I would too.
I have some experience in snow sports, which I understand from watching your program isn’t essential but I thought I should let you know. I have done 5 winter ski seasons and feel that I am competent skier and snowboarder. I have also tried snowblading but it wasn’t very enjoyable. What I have in experience I lack in celebrity status, however, based on this years contestants I think we could be able to work something out.
Below I have compiled any links to fame that I have. I really hope that one of these might be enough for you to consider me as a contestant.
- I have met Tony Hart and he autographed a drawing of a duck that I had drawn in pastel. I think I was aged 6.
- I was reluctant to mention this but I have met Mr Bell on a few occasions, although I am sure he doesn’t remember and I would rather get in on my own merit rather than through association. Although if you were to push me for a few stand out memories of Graham then I would probably say that the two that stand out would be the time I shared a taxi with him on halloween, I was wearing a childrens skeleton outfit, aged 4-5 years, I was 28. I also have had the privilege to commentate on Graham’s record breaking ride on the rodeo bull at the London Ski Show.
- My dad claims to have had a pint with Chas and Dave.
- When on a ski trip to Les Arcs I witnessed Clare Balding play pool.
- During my time as a recruitment consultant for Natives.co.uk I employed a person to work in Richard Branson’s ski chalet. She subsequently went on to accidently see him naked.
- Dermot O’leary has been given my autograph. Admittedly he didn’t ask for it but I gave it to him anyway. I was quite young and a bit drunk.
- Previous television experience. Appeared on BBC Spotlight for a feature on math in Devon schools.
- I have been to the recording of a couple of television and radio show that have famouse people in them and I have also been to the theater to see plays with famous people in.
- I have served the Mayor of Warwick a pint.
- There are a few people that I went to school with and have since lost touch who work in the media. Would that help? I think one person may even work at Channel 4.
- I am the author of the second most read The Jump live blog.
If you feel that there is scope for me to be picked as a contestant then please do not hesitate to contact me. I would happily work in exchange for accommodation, food and a lift pass.
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