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Proceedings got underway last night in Channel 4's competitive snow-sports reality show. There are new contestants and a new format, but the same injuries. UDATED

12 celebrities are taking part in a range of snowsport events. 

As well as ski jumping there is skier cross, skeleton, slalom, moguls and Big Air. 

In the past it has been screened nightly but this time it takes place weekly - spread over 6 weeks on a Sunday night.

The former Olympic swimmer, 26-year old Rebecca Adlington, fell badly while practicing the ski jump.

She was stretched off and taken to hospital in Innsbruck.

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PlanetSKI's reporter, James Rampton, will be reviewing the programme later today (Monday).

He is a TV critic and, as well as writing for PlanetSKI, writes for The Independent, the Telegraph, the Express, the Radio Times and TV Times.

The contestants are also in a chalet together - think Big Brother.

So, who else was taking part?

Dean Cain - former Superman

Sarah Harding - former Girls Aloud singer

Brian McFadden - former Westlife singer

Lindford Christie - former athletes

Mark-Francis Vandelli - Made in Chelsea actor

Louise Lytton - former Eastenders actress

Sid Owen - former EastEnders actor

Beth Tweedle - Olympic gymnast

James Argent - The Only Way Is Essex actor

Tamara Beckwith - Socialite

Tina Hobley - Holby City actress

The programme has gone from strength to strength and is now in its 3rd series after being seen by Channel 4 as a ratings success.

The team remains the same with Davina McCall presenting and the celebrities are coached in skiing by Warren Smith, from the Warren Smith Ski Academy.

He is used to celebrities teaching many in Verbier including members of the Royal Family.

"It's been a great couple of weeks coaching this awesome bunch of people and getting them ready for The Jump - Series 3, starting this Sunday. There's a lot more work to do but they are well on their way. Massive respect to all of them and what they've been through trying to get ready for all the disciplines," said Warren.

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Eddie the Eagle also coach the celebrities.

One surprise perhaps is that so many celebrities want to take part as the risk of injury is high.

But we understand many agents were ringing shortly after the last series ended.

Here at PlanetSKI we'll all be watching and we're putting our money on Lindford Christie - as long as he avoids injury.

Though he may need to get some more modern skis - they'll be good for moguls, but not the slalom or skier cross. Wink

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The Jump begins on Sunday January 31 at 7.30pm on Channel 4

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.

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