There's a rumour going around in the paranormal world that February has not one but two celebrity infused paranormal TV shows being aired and that the month of February is now simply known by a few TV channel executives as CELEBRUARY.
Whilst the name changing of the month might be pure rumour, it is no rumour that two new shows, Celebrity Ghost Hunt and Celebrity Haunted Mansion are set to do battle on TV to see who can get the best ratings for their channels and try to acquire the least negative comments for them too.
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Now we all know that celebrities come from all aspects of the alphabet, all you have to do is fart on a reality TV show, say a few swear words and you're given the celebrity badge labelled "z-lister" but you can earn brown nose points, sorry I meant Brownie points by appearing on this, that and the other and you can work your way down the alphabet and claim those W, X and Y badges in no time. Some people love to see celebrities shitting themselves on a ghost hunt, which is why programme schedulers and television networks think that these shows work and will be ratings winners and you know what they probably will. The world of the paranormal is as popular as ever, there's more branches to the paranormal than there are Starbucks in Nottinghamshire (FACT #1). Is it more popular because Stephen Bear donned a poor Ghostbusters costume in last year's Celebrity Ghost Hunt Live and took the Michael out of the paranormal? NO!! It is more popular because of social media, because of the likes of Facebook and Twitter that have allowed it to be talked about and discussed, to allow ghost hunters and paranormal investigators to share their experiences and advertise their events and promote the paranormal world then ever before and because the UK are seemingly obsessed with celebrities (look at Gogglebox, even the people watching the celebrities are now celebrities)...
those creative minds at TV channels think "let's infuse the world of the celebrity with the world of the paranormal, YES, it's Marmite TV but love it or hate it those stupid simple non-celebrity types will moan about it on social media so much, that we can say that OUR show is trending"Now, you probably won't be shocked to learn that some people who live and breathe the paranormal world don't care for paranormal TV shows as they're not a true reflection of what goes on on a paranormal ghost hunt, saying it's mimicry and falseness personified whilst some people who live and breathe the paranormal world will love it and embrace it for what it is, that is the beauty of the paranormal, it has more divides than there are Starbucks in Nottinghamshire (FACT #2).
Whatever happens in these shows, love them or hate them, they're embedded into the programme schedules, probably in print in Radio Times now and embedded into the UK paranormal TV footprint for wherever there's a paranormal TV show idea coming from behind closed doors in the UK, you can virtually guarantee there'll be a celebrity close by preparing to be scared silly.
Let's not forget Celebrity paranormal is not something just created in the last few years, who can remember I AM FAMOUS AND FRIGHTENED which ran for 4 series in 2004 and 2005 and featured such legends as Bet Lynch (Julie Goodyear), Cheggers (RIP Cheggers), Handy Andy from Changing Rooms, Biggins and Roy Walker and obviously Most Haunted dallied and dillied with
Ghost Hunting with .... Girls Aloud, McFly and The Dingles in 2006 to 2011
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"Sadly Peter Kay is not around at the moment to make I'M STRICTLY A CELEBRITY GHOST HUNTER, GET ME DANCING ON THE ICE AND I'LL TAKE YOU AND YOUR BIG BROTHER INTO THE JUNGLE, it is coming I tell you, it is coming"Celebrity Ghost Hunt starts on Tuesday February the 6th and runs for 6 episodes throughout February and into March and is hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal and features paranormal TV newcomer Ashley Buckenham and psychic Alex Gibbs, who has swapped channels after being on Celebrity Haunted Hotel back in 2016. Each week (and I quote) a team of famous faces investigate supposedly haunted locations around the UK. First up is a secret nuclear bunker, 120 feet underground.
Celebrity Haunted Mansion starts on Wednesday February the 21st and runs for 5 nights consecutively and is hosted by Christine Lampard and Matt Richardson. For five nights, two paranormal "experts", one being Barri Ghai, who took part in Celebrity Haunted Hotel back in 2016 and (rumoured to be, if my spooky spider senses are on the paranormal ball) Chris Howley, who took part in the "other" show Celebrity Ghost Hunt Live back in 2017 will each lead a team of celebrities as they face a variety of spooktacular challenges in a truly terrifying haunted gothic mansion. Each night, there will be a climactic live ghost hunt testing bravery and investigation skills to the limit - where two of our stars will have to give up the ghost... and leave the show. But who will survive until the final night - to become the champion celebrity ghost hunter...? Katie Price and Coronation Street's Simon Gregson (who is obsessed with the paranormal) are two who have been signed up to take part.
Matt Richardson will host sister show High Spirits, which will air at 7pm every night on W. This special show will give viewers a chance to catch-up on the previous night's creepy occurrences and set the scene for the chilling challenges that will be set in that night's main show. Ten celebrities will face their fears in Celebrity Haunted Mansion.
Who will win the ratings war, 5Star gets more viewers on a weekly basis but W has the backing of the UKTV network and will probably be able to draw more celebrities that are well known to the public.. let the paranormal battle commence..
#dontbenormal BE PARANORMAL!! written by Paul Stevenson www.hauntedmagazine.co.uk