Portsmouth-born Ant Middleton set to feature in swansong for Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins

PORTSMOUTH-born Ant Middleton is set for his swansong appearance on the upcoming series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins that will see stars Ulrika Jonsson, Kerry Katona and Ore Oduba among the new recruits.

By Steve Deeks
Sunday, 22nd August 2021, 11:06 am
Updated Sunday, 22nd August 2021, 11:20 am

Chief instructor Ant, a former Portsmouth Grammar School pupil and soldier, will also be putting singer Alexandra Burke, Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, former Premier League footballer Kieron Dyer and Loose Women star Saira Khan through their paces.

Former Love Island star Wes Nelson, TV personality Vicky Pattison, singer Jake Quickenden, Paralympic athlete Aled Davies and BMX and track world champion Shanaze Reade will also see if they have what it takes to pass SAS selection.

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The group will leave behind their comfortable homes and glamorous lifestyles and head into the wilds of the Inner Hebrides in Scotland to the remote island of Raasay for what is described as ‘one of the toughest selection courses yet’.

Putting them through a condensed course over eight days will be Middleton and his team of Directing Staff (DS), Foxy, Billy, Melvyn and Staz.

The 12 stars will face gruelling tasks and interrogations that will test them both physically and mentally and each will confront surprising truths about themselves. The series was filmed last year.

Jonsson said she felt going through the process had a ‘profoundly positive effect on me’, while Katona said: ‘This was a once in a lifetime opportunity… I never thought I’d learn so much about myself.’

Burke said: ‘Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins is the most challenging thing physically and mentally I have ever done.

‘It was such a life changing experience and totally blew my mind. I would do the whole thing again in a heartbeat.’

Khan said: ‘There are things that I have done in my life to prove myself, that I am strong, brave, determined, and a go getter.

‘But Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins was an experience which has changed my life for the better. It humbled me and I am grateful for the show for waking me up to my life and start enjoying and appreciating everything I have worked so hard to achieve. It’s been life changing.’

Ant will no longer present the popular SAS: Who Dares Wins series in the future after calling BLM protestors ‘scum’ earlier this year and in March last year he dismissed the seriousness of the Covid pandemic, saying he would ‘carry on as normal’.

After announcing he would be moving on in March, Ant said: ‘After five incredible years I’ve decided it’s time to move on from SAS: Who Dares Wins.

‘Big respect to my fellow DS – it has been a journey I’ll never forget. Thanks to everyone that took part and made the show what it is. Really excited about the future and what’s coming this year. Stay positive.’

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins returns to Channel 4 on August 29 at 9pm.

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