Hit Channel 4 show SAS: Who Dares Wins will return to our screens on Sunday 29th August at 9pm, with a new cadre of well-known celebrity recruits. Ready to be put through the ringer and take on the physical and mental hell of SAS and special forces selection, the twelve green recruits will be heading into the wilds of the Scottish Hebrides to face one of the series' toughest courses yet.
The directing staff putting them through the shortened version of SAS election is an elite team of ex-special forces soldiers — known as the (DS) — comprising of Ant Middleton, Jason 'Foxy' Fox, Billy Billingham, Melyvyn Downs and Anthony 'Staz' Stazicker.
Meet The Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins Recruits
Over the eight-day course, the DS will take the twelve celebrities through a myriad of gruelling tasks, interrogations and tests, each designed to push the novice recruits to their physical and mental edge. Inevitably, not everyone will make it to the end. Here's who to look out for and what they said about their experience on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.
"I was a glass half empty kind of guy. Fear is what set us back," said former professional footballer Kieron Dyer. "Going on this show was always going to be great from a mental point of view. The DS put their life on their line and it was great to learn from them."
30-year-old Paralympian Aled Davies is the world record holder of the F42 shot put and gold medal winner in the discus. Speaking of his experience on SAS: WDW, he said "I’m a para-athlete, so for me, this was an opportunity to completely get as far as possible out of my comfort zone and challenge myself…it was an incredible journey."
At 23-years-old, the Love Island star-turned musician is one of the youngest recruits. After the show was announced, Nelson took to Instagram saying, "It broke me down, built me up and completely changed me as a person, I couldn’t be more grateful...I’m not a guy who tends to show my weaknesses mentally or physically but thanks to @antmiddleton and the DS you get to see them all for your entertainment."
"It was the best experience," said the singer, footballer and reality television personality. "I’ll never forget it."
Television presenter and model Jonsson admits that the SAS:WDW, despite its gruelling reputation, "had a profoundly positive effect on me.”
"As both an admirer of the work our special forces do and the show to have the opportunity to get a taste of it was too good to turn down. I asked myself 'how real can it feel?' The answer was very, it was all-encompassing from start to finish," said the ex-Olympic rower. "Being an ex-sportsman I went in determined not to let myself down physically. But that is only 10% of what these guys do. Decision making under pressure, cold and calculated but empathetic, confident and being able to get out of your head. I left with even more respect for what they do for us and discovered things about myself."
Reade, a BMX and track champ said: "I wanted to strip myself bare and see the work that I’d done on myself. I wanted the mental challenge and the physical challenge and it was the perfect show."
“This was a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Katona of the brutal special forces course. "I never thought I’d learn so much about myself."
Former Apprentice contestant Khan saw Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins as "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."
The 35-year-old television and radio presenter described Celebrity SAS: WHo Dares Wins as "positively the most life-altering experience since becoming a parent."
Singer, actress and West End personality Alexandra Burke called the selection course "the most challenging thing physically and mentally I have ever done. It was such a life changing experience and totally blew my mind. "
“Being a big fan of the show I wanted to push myself to get out of my comfort zone and to do something completely new. Nothing can prepare you for it, and it was an experience I'll never forget," said Pattinson.
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