MOTÖRHEAD Drummer Finishes Third In Swedish Reality-TV Competition – Sep. 28, 2009
MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee finished third in the reality-TV competition "Kändisdjungeln", the Swedish version of the popular U.K. and U.S. show "I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here!". Dee was eliminated during the series’ fifteenth episode, which aired on Friday (September 25) and can be viewed in five parts below.
Dee, 45, sat out most of MOTÖRHEAD‘s current North American tour in order to take part in "Kändisdjungeln", which was filmed in the jungles of Malaysia. Filling in for him on the dates that he missed was formerGUNS N’ ROSES and current VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum.
"There was a breakdown in communication, really," MOTÖRHEADfrontman Lemmy Kilmister told Noisecreep. "Our management didn’t know that he’d signed up for this when they booked the tour. We didn’t want him to have to cancel, they might have sued him or something."
A total of 11 celebrities appeared in the inaugural season of"Kändisdjungeln", including Mikkey, Swedish wine expert Bengt Frithiofsson and actress Inger "Pippi Långstrump" Nilsson.
The show received a lot of criticism in the Swedish media for failing to attract any A-list celebrities, which was due — in part — to the fact that the contestants reportedly weren’t being paid for their appearance in the program. An artist agent who wanted to remain anonymous told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, "TV4 called me [a few weeks ago] to inquire if I could make someone do the show. I asked what the terms were and they said that [the contestants] won’t be paid but that it’s like avacation in a sunny place in Malaysia. What celebrity would travel across the globe and be gone for a month without compensation? Nobody that I know."
Consisting of 16 episodes, "Kändisdjungeln" was originally expected to be one of biggest shows of the fall for TV4, which is Sweden’s largest television network. The program’s format allows viewers to vote, byphone, text message or TV interactive service for the celebrity to complete a physical task usually involving snakes, spiders or other animals and for the celebrity they would like to see win. The last celebrity, after all the others have been evicted, is the winner and is named king or queen of the jungle.
* Ann Söderlund * Bengt Frithiofsson * Catarina Hurtig * Inger Nilsson * Jannike Björling * Karl Petter Bergvall * Katarina Hultling * Kennet Andersson * Mikkey Dee * Rafael Edholm * Torleif Torstensson