With five contestants forced to withdraw so far, ‘The Jump’ may go down in history are the most cursed reality show of all time.
Channel 4 reality contest ‘The Jump’ has gone through a number of line-up changes since beginning on January 31st, thanks to the high number of injuries suffered by the celebrity contestants. The latest celeb to fall victim to injury is former ‘Eastenders’ actor Joe Swash, who has broken a bone in his shoulder ahead of tonight’s episode (February 14th).
Joe Swash is the latest contestant to face injury on ‘The Jump’.
Tweeting a picture of himself in bandages the actor wrote, “I broke a bone in my shoulder that’s a good start!!!#2016.” However Swash is still expected to compete tonight, with a spokesperson saying: “He was checked over by medics and has been cleared to take part.”
But according to The Mirror, the high level of injuries sustained by contestants this year has put the show’s future in doubt. “This year has been riddled with accidents – it has been one disaster after another,” an insider told the newspaper.
"It’s just become a bit of a shambles with everything that’s gone on – injuries, huge insurance costs and the constant headache of replacing contestants.” The first contestant to fall victim to injury was actress Tina Hobley who was forced to withdraw from the competition on February 4th after dislocating her elbow while training for the ski jump.
Then days later Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle withdrew from the competition after an accident during training which left her needing neck surgery. Tweddle was airlifted to hospital after the accident and underwent surgery where doctors took a piece of bone from her hip and used it to fuse the two fractured vertebrae in her neck.
Fellow Olympian Rebecca Adlington also left the competition after dislocating her shoulder. Then ‘Made in Chelsea’s’ Mark-Francis Vandelli also bowed out after fracturing his ankle in training. The next to go was Linford Christie after suffering a hamstring injury.
Due to the high level of injuries producers have had to draft in replacement contestants, with former Rugby player Ben Cohen being the latest addition to the line-up. Cohen is rumoured to have been offered £60,000 to take part and will make his debut on tonight’s episode.