Six-time World Champion Steve Davis faces one of the biggest challenges of his life, having arrived in the Australian out-back for the ITV show ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here.’
The green baize legend will spend much of the next month living in a jungle with nine other celebs, including Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington and Alfonso Ribeiro, aka Carlton from The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.
Bush-tucker trials, creepy crawlies, sleeping in a hammock and surviving the public votes…56-year-old Steve has got it all to come over the next four weeks.
“Many people lead comfy lives these days so a little bit of deprivation is perhaps good for the soul,” he said. “Like many viewers, I would like to know, faced with a plate of animal innards or a cockroach filled space helmet, whether I could handle it.
“And now as it is getting closer, I’m feeling more excited but the trepidation Richter scale is rising fast! I’m not really using the jungle as any type of ‘stepping stone’ but purely just to have a laugh and a challenge.
“I’ve had my 15 minutes of fame. I’d swap the fame and jungle notoriety for another World Championship at the drop of a cork ridden hat but I’m further down the pecking order and bookmaker lists in snooker than I am even in being crowned King of the jungle.
“There seems to be a growing opinion that I’m not as boring as people once thought and it’s my aim while I am in the jungle to put a stop to this once and for all. And if anyone wants any snooker coaching then I’m their man.
“I am going to miss not being able to contact my girlfriend, Jeannie, and my two sons, Greg and Jack, although I think they will both refuse to say they know me while the show is being aired.
“I am not sure how I am going to cope with the lack of food. But I am not a massive carbohydrate and sugar addict and so hopefully I will be better than most. My biggest fear actually is not being able to stop swearing.
“It may be harder than winning a snooker final purely because it is not what I was cut out to do. Of course I want to still play pro snooker for as long as possible but occasionally it is nice to enjoy myself too. Fingers crossed, I do represent myself and snooker in a good light whilst in the jungle and be as good value as I can be.”
So will he be discussing the miss rule with Amy Willerton, talking Sugar Hut escapades with Joey Essex or considering the qualities of a brass ferrule with Laila Morse? Make sure you find out by tuning into the show, which starts on Sunday at 9pm.
We’ll be following Steve’s progress closely with a blog on this website and on Twitter (follow @WorldSnooker1) using the hashtag #TheNugget
So join in the jungle fun and make sure you vote to keep Steve Down Under…until the bitter end!