EU President Herman Van Rompuy is strongly tipped to make a surprise appearance on the new series of ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here” after showing up on a string of popular TV shows across Europe.
‘Herman was democratically elected by members of the European Council, so he obviously doesn’t need to go through the tiresome business of having to appeal to voters,’ said an EU spokesman, ‘but he would like to secure his legacy by becoming remembered, perhaps, as the fourth best known Belgian after Poirot, Tintin and Plastic Bertrand.’
Van Rompuy’s journey across Europe’s TV studios has met with limited success to date with fewer appearances than he had envisaged. A short cameo on Greece’s ‘Deal or No Deal’ as the Banker, which he expected to take up no more than fifteen minutes of his time, has dragged on for several months after none of contestants could make up their minds whether to take up the generous handout on offer.
Then plans to appear on Italy’s ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’ were hit by budgetary constraints with his appearance postponed until after the restoration of the Lire. His performance on Catalonian TV’s ‘Bullseye’ was described by insiders as ‘remarkable’ but it is unlikely to be broadcast due to the imposition of the bullfighting ban.
Although he is booked for ‘Mr & Mrs’ with partner Baroness Ashton making a very rare appearance at his side, Van Rompuy is pinning his hopes on a breakthrough on British television with ‘I’m a Celebrity’. ‘Rumpy is a fun guy and wants the public to see this side of his character,’ said a close friend. ‘He is so keen to engage with the audience that he is fully prepared to eat disgusting substances in the bushtucker trials like toad in the hole and spotted dick.’
Meanwhile Baroness Ashton is to replace Richard Osman on the BBC1 show ‘Pointless’ as presenter Alexander Armstrong’s pointless assistant, a role which she feels she was born to perform.