'I wouldn’t go back in the jungle': Peter Andre talks I’m a Celeb, Strictly and new bed range (Exclusive)

Laura Hannam
Peter Andre first entered the jungle in 2004 (REX).

Peter Andre’s career entered a new era when he appeared in the third series of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! back in 2004 but the singer and entertainer says he won’t be heading back into the jungle.

“I have been back when I went back with Fatima Whitbread. It was great to go back but would I go back in again? I wouldn’t want to go in again, no,” Andre told us.

But he says he is watching this year, and is loving the new line-up.

“I love the line-up this year. I think Harry Redknapp is an interesting character. Nick Knowles is another interesting character. And Noel Edmonds? Absolutely brilliant!”

And as any Andre fan will know, he also competed in Strictly Come Dancing in 2015, for which he reached the semi-finals.

A keen Strictly viewer, he says this year has ‘blown him away’ and that he believes the standard of dancing has gone up significantly.

Peter Andre competed on Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 (PA Images).

He also defended this year’s decision to include professionally trained dancers as contestants, especially former Pussycat Dolls member Ashley Roberts.

“The level has gone up dramatically this year. There are some incredible dancers – wow! I do think Ashley is incredible, people go on about how she is a trained dancer, but at the end of the day you still have to be damn good at the learned routine.

“Yes she has past experience but like I wasn’t trained, but I had performed dance routines on stage many times, so certain dances would suit me.

Ashley Roberts on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing (BBC Pictures).

“The Cha Cha Cha, the Charleston, but even if you are professionally trained, which people are claiming Ashley is, well that still doesn’t mean you’ll be good at every single dance, and you still have to put all the effort in and work darn hard and pull a showstopper,” he said.

And while Andre has found great success on reality television, he told us his career in going in a new direction. He’s just launched his own bed range A by Andre, sold by HOS Home and in various retail stores across the country.

These beds are near and dear to his heart he says, as his family has a lasting legacy in interior design and construction.

Andre with one of his A by Andre designs.

“My dad was one of the first to build luxury residential homes on the Gold Coast. He was so great at his designs in architecture. He always wanted me to study architecture, he wanted me to do interior design but I said no way I want to do music…” he explained.

He said that buying his new house with wife Emily led him to discover he had a knack and passion for interior design after all. Having transformed his home bedrooms with the help of Head Designer, Layla Chapman, the teaming up with both Layla and husband Daniel of HOS Home, to create the bespoke beds, which are almost entirely British made, was a natural progression.

“All British made, all handmade and locally sourced. This is really important to me, the only thing that isn’t is the nuts and bolts but everything else is local,” he said.

Andre’s music career spans 25 years. Performing in Chelmsford in 1996 (PA Images).

And 2019 will see Andre return to his roots – music. He will be touring across 25 dates to celebrate 25 years in the music industry.

“There will definitely be surprises! As it has been 25 years I am going to take everyone back to the very beginning when I first started in Australia. I am even thinking of narrating it a bit like a theatre show and there will be all the different stages of my life.

“And I’m even thinking of dressing and looking like each section and then bringing them up to suit and tie and where I am now. There will be a few new songs too and we will take it from there!”

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