Celebrity Treasure Island ep 1: Show returns with tear-jerking tribute to Inga Tuigamala


Crew Mangō (L-R) – Iyia Liu, Cassie Roma, Jesse Tuke, Courtney Louise, Te Kohe Tuhaka and Dylan Schmidt. Photograph / TVNZ

REVIEW:

Celebrity Treasure Island is again for a model new season and it looks like coming again dwelling after your home has had renovations.

It’s acquainted, it’s comfy, you may kick your sneakers off and curl up on the sofa however like your home after renovations, there may be simply one thing totally different about it.

And thank god, as a result of issues had been getting boring.

Time to get excited New Zealand, as a result of this season not solely features a complete new forged of mid-tier celebrities but in addition, dun, dun, dun, three sassy intruders.

Scared? You shouldn’t be, effectively possibly you must as a result of if final week’s first look is something to go by Mike King – an intruder – goes to come into the sport scorching.

And I don’t imply sweaty scorching, however extra steam popping out of his ears form of scorching and I truthfully don’t know which is scarier.

There’s a high-quality line when implementing modifications, and fortunately the present has walked it completely as a result of whereas there are a bunch of latest celebrities and an intriguing twist, there are nonetheless our favorite hosts.

Enter Matt Chisholm and Bree Tomasel who begin the exhibit on a tragic observe paying tribute to Inga Tuigamala.

Say hello to this year's celebrity contestants. Photo / TVNZ
Say good day to this 12 months’s movie star contestants. Photograph / TVNZ

The previous rugby league star was meant to compete on the present for his chosen charity Alliance Well being Plus however he sadly died on February 24. As an ode to the beloved star, the celebs and the hosts all agreed the primary $5000 gained ought to go to Tuigamala’s charity.

After all of us wiped our tears, it was straight into the sport, and similar to final 12 months, there are three groups.

Mangō – who might as effectively be the jocks as a result of all of them appear like they walked out of a photograph shoot for a sports activities journal or, ought to I say an Olympics PR shoot? Yeah, it’s fairly intimidating.

Kuaka – the workforce you’d completely need to get caught sitting with at an occasion. Not solely due to the hilarious Karen O’Leary however as a result of they already give me healthful household vibes. I can’t clarify it however these lot are going to stick collectively.

And eventually, Kauri, who I’m going to go forward and assume would be the drawback youngster, the drama, the sass if you’ll. I believe they’ll carry the present, and my assumption relies solely on celeb scientist Dr. Joel Rindelaub’s enterprise within the entrance, celebration within the again mullet.

The primary problem was a complete lot of water sports activities, teamwork, and climbing up hills which, okay, certain, it was entertaining to watch however largely made me realise how lengthy my health club membership has been uncared for.

Team Kauri (L-R), Cam Mansel, Lynette Forday, Siobhan Marshall, Melodie Robinson, Elvis Lopeti and Dr. Joel Rindelaub. Photo / TVNZ
Crew Kauri (L-R), Cam Mansel, Lynette Forday, Siobhan Marshall, Melodie Robinson, Elvis Lopeti and Dr. Joel Rindelaub. Photograph / TVNZ

Now, simply in case you’re sitting at dwelling pondering you possibly can do the problem higher than the celebs, Alex King – radio host and daughter of Mike King – set the file straight.

“Whenever you watch it on TV you suppose ah I can try this, and you then’re in it, and it’s a lot tougher.”

In true CTI vogue, there was a puzzle a part of the problem, which Kauri in the end gained, main the hilarious and sassy dancer, Elvis Lopeti to say, “Don’t come for us honey, child, darling, as a result of we simply beat you all.”

The sassy commentary gained my coronary heart and Lopeti will now be my biased decide for this season’s winner however as for Kauri’s win? They may take residence in the most effective camp.

Sadly, Kauaka got here final in, however they didn’t let it get them down. Actually, actor Eds Eramiha checked out it as a constructive. “It ain’t losses; they’re classes,” he stated.

Team Kuaka (L-R) - Karen O'Leary, Shimpal Lelisi, Alex King, Guy Montgomery, Perlina Lau and Eds Eramiha. Photo / TVNZ
Crew Kuaka (L-R) – Karen O’Leary, Shimpal Lelisi, Alex King, Man Montgomery, Perlina Lau and Eds Eramiha. Photograph / TVNZ

Whereas the groups had been getting settled at camp, Chisholm and Tomasel popped over to see our intruders, All Black legend Rob Cribb, squash participant Dame Susan Devoy and psychological well being advocate King, who a lot to their dismay, had been advised to keep put.

It wouldn’t be Treasure Island with out one other problem, so off the groups went to a recreation that appears a bit like wrestling crossed with ripper rugby whereas blindfolded.

It’s an attention-grabbing combo that will get much more attention-grabbing when Kauri’s former Black Fern Melodie Robinson will get frisky with Mangō’s Jesse Tuke as she was making an attempt to rip off his flag.

"How lovely is that? He's like twenty years my junior." Melodie Robinson giggled. Photo / TVNZ
“How pretty is that? He’s like twenty years my junior.” Melodie Robinson giggled. Photograph / TVNZ

After wrapping her arms across the sports activities commentator, Robinson giggled to the confession cam, “how pretty is that, he’s like 20 years my junior”.

The winner of the problem in the end goes to the underdogs. Sure, Kauaka, and so they win the correct to decide everybody’s captains.

King Jnr, is elected captain of her workforce and delivers the information that entrepreneur Iyia Liu will captain Mangō. This rapidly leads to her teammate and Shortland Road star, Courtney Louise shouting “go woman”.

Ladies supporting girls, we love to see it.

In the meantime, Forday was chosen to captain Kauri, “The place my energy lies is being the boss.” she smirked.

We finish the episode with Liu successful the primary captain’s problem – shocking everybody, together with herself. She takes possession of a sneaky card that may give Mangō a one-minute head begin in any problem.

All appears effectively within the camps now, but when the intruders’ two minutes of display time taught us something, it’s be ready for some stunning twists.

Celebrity Treasure Island airs weekly, Mon-Wed, 7:30PM on TVNZ 2 and TVNZ +.

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