A reality TV show about ski jumping on Channel 4 is quickly becoming the most controversial show of the year. The Jump – a show where celebrities (some of whom you will have heard of) learn a number of winter sports including Bobsleigh, Ski Slalom, Snowboard Slalom, Skeleton and, of course, the Ski Jump – has recently gained a lot of tabloid column inches because of the seemingly ever growing list of injuries sustained by those taking part.
It’s hard to recall a TV show gaining this much controversy since film star Shilpa Shetty was the victim of what appeared to be racial abuse in the Celebrity Big Brother house back in 2007.
“Skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, they’re dangerous…”
Now it it’s third series, The Jump has been called “TV’s most dangerous show” by the Daily Mail, “too dangerous” by The Sun, and The Mirror has asked is the entire project is “doomed”. Yes, the tabloids have all taken a break from running ‘upskirt pics’ of one of Little Mix and asking Jo, 19 from Kent her opinion on the junior doctors strike, to criticise the winter sports reality show because contestants keep getting injured.
This morning, it was reported that identikit Made In Chelsea human-guff Mark-Francis Vandelli has left the show after fracturing his ankle while taking part in the Snow Cross challenge on The Jump. Vandelli becomes the fourth celebrity to pull out of the show since it first aired on 31st January. Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington was hospitalised after a crash, actress Tina Hobley dislocated her elbow in practice, and Britain’s most successful gymnast Beth Tweddle required surgery to fuse a fractured vertebrae in her neck, also following a crash in practice.