CELEBRITY MasterChef judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode deliver their verdicts on the three famous contenders ahead of Friday’s final.
Former Towie star Megan McKenna, actor and presenter Joe Swash and Olympic athlete Kadeena Cox will compete for the title of Celebrity MasterChef 2021.
Megan McKenna : Nerves? It’s not unusual
MEGAN McKENNA was less confused singing with Tom Jones than cooking in MasterChef, according to John.
Megan supported the Welsh superstar on her recent tour and showed no sign of the nervousness she displayed in the famous kitchen.
John says: “She stands in front of a lot of people proudly singing her heart out next to Tom Jones and looks a lot less nervous doing this than when she was cooking a Beef Wellington.
“It still amazes me. “
Megan starred in Ex On The Beach, Celebrity Big Brother and Towie, before winning X Factor: Celebrity in 2019. And as a singer, she even tops the country music charts.
John says he’s glad Megan made it to the finals because her relationship with Joe and Kadeena is fun to watch.
He adds: “It’s a great roster for the final. They all love to kiss and give each other a hard time.
“Because they have a similar sense of humor, they’re able to take a hit here and there. “
ADVANTAGES: Good command of the whole, methodical, does a lot of cooking at home.
THE INCONVENIENTS: She would need to be a little more organized.
Joe Swash : Joe’s the Artful Dodger de la cuisine
GREGG says it’s amazing how far former EastEnders star Joe Swash fared with so many shady deals en route to the final.
Gregg says, “This man is going to try to squeeze out whatever information he can get. He’s like the Artful Dodger of the kitchen.
“Every time John and I passed him he’d say, ‘And does that look okay? Does it taste good? Is this enough salt? ‘. We say to ourselves: ‘Joe, shut up! You are all alone, son ‘. However, Gregg gives her credit for being on the verge of an all-time high hat-trick on a TV talent show – Celebrity MasterChef, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2008 and Dancing On Ice last year. He adds, “He’s a fierce competitor behind this cheeky-chappie-je-ne-sais-quoi-je-faire character. The amount of energy and motivation this guy has is amazing. “
ADVANTAGES: A natural flair, a great talent. He has a big heart and he really cares about him.
THE INCONVENIENTS: Chaotic – he cooks like he talks. Joe is so messy.
Kadeena Cox: Athletes feed on success
CELEBRITY MasterChef has been a happy hunting ground for sports stars over the years and Kadeena Cox continues the tradition.
The Paralympic, who won two gold medals in cycling at the Tokyo Games last month, hopes to repeat the success of England rugby internationals Matt Dawson and Phil Vickery, as well as long jumper Greg Rutherford, by winning the coveted trophy.
When asked why sports figures have a knack for reaching the finals, Gregg replies, “They are competitive by nature, but they are also very intelligent.
“They are not always brilliant starters, but they come out very quickly.
“The other thing that’s extremely impressive is that they do their homework, they cook like crazy at home. “
Rugby fan Gregg says he’s often approached by sports stars who want to appear on the show.
But he said to them, “If the management of MasterChef finds out that we know each other, there is no way you will continue there.
ADVANTAGES: Amazing cook, made some of the best dishes to date.
THE INCONVENIENTS: Too ambitious – almost cost her her place in the competition.
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