On paper, you wouldn’t expect professional quizzer Shaun Wallace and Love Island reality star Jack Fincham to have a lot in common.
But this week fans will have noticed their “bromance” in ITV’s new reality show Don’t Rock the Boat.
“I just love that boy,” the 60-year-old Chaser said.
“He knows I love him. Me and Jack definitely had a bromance going on and everybody could see that.”
Shaun and Jack, 29, are among 12 celebrities competing in the race to reach John o’Groats from Land’s End.
Better known as The Chase’s Dark Destroyer, Shaun joked everyone seemed to couple up just like on Love Island.
“There were various couples who paired up. We had the Fincham and Wallace show; we had Lucy Fallon and Joe Weller; Tom Watson and Craig Charles – the grandads – they were fantastic… everyone teamed up and had little partnerships going on.”
Joining them are Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis, English supermodel and broadcaster Jodie Kidd, singer-songwriter Fleur East, Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton, actor Adam Thomas and Pussycat Doll member Kimberly Wyatt.
He jokes about Tom and Craig being “the grandads”, but competitive Shaun is the oldest celeb taking part – though that only spurred him on to be the best.
“It was the hardest physical and mental challenge I have ever had to experience,” he said.
“At the tender age of 60, I was the oldest celebrity who took part. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though doing it at the time was really hard.
“No matter what the challenge I will always rise to it. I knew that about myself but I was wondering whether I could do it at the ripe old age of 60.”
His training regime of 4,000 sit ups a day may have helped with his rowing abilities, but it didn’t stop him from getting shouted at by Denise Lewis.
He says: “She’d shout at me ‘Shaun get your oar in the water now!’ And when she’s telling me to do that, I’m doing it. I’m not going to argue with her… no way.”
The Chaser is competitive but he was disappointed when – like the rest of the rowers – his sea legs let him down at the beginning.
“The first time I got in the boat I threw up after half an hour. I was in that claustrophobic bit where we could rest and the combination of that and the lack of air just made me ill. After I threw up I was fine for the next 16 hours.”
Has starring in the reality show given him the urge to go on I’m a Celebrity?
“No chance,” he says. “I only took part in this because it had that sporting element.”
Shaun is raising money for charities affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
To donate visit www.justgiving com/crowdfunding/dontrocktheboat.
*Don’t Rock The Boat airs all this week on ITV, or catch up on ITV Hub.
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