Last week, you could see celebrities competing for the semi-final spots in ’71 Degrees North – Norway’s Toughest Celebrities’.
Already the morning after the summit, the remaining participants learned that the final was already underway.
Where previously the competition was based on teams, Bilal Saab (24), Maria Stavang (28), Johan Kelly (26) and Niklas Dierhaug (36) will now have to fight individually.
Last for 13 hours
Participants first had to walk four separate routes, orient themselves through three points, and figure out where they were on the map for themselves.
Beyond that, none of them knew what would happen next, or how long it would last – something that came as a surprise to the freestyle rider, Johan Kelly.
– I thought we would be able to relax after the first stage, but it was straight ahead. We were there from 11 a.m. until about midnight. “I have never felt so tired before,” she told Dagbladet.
Kelly was among those who quickly lost his way, who had previously had no special skills with maps and compasses. In fact, I learned that just a week ago.
– I was so desperate to learn to read the steps on the map, and Niklas and Bilal didn’t seem too keen. Then I said, “Oh, the competition is already underway.” Eventually, Maria said yes and showed it to me, Kelly laughing.
Initially, former cross-country runner Niklas Dierhoog set out on the wrong route and ended up in a vicious cycle of poor route choices. Finally, he set his compass, and made up for a lot of lost time, in the footsteps of the artist Bilal Saab.
The latter was the first to find post number 2, where participants were assigned a message from family and friends. It was a tearful session for many of them.
“This is fucking horror,” said Saab, who completely collapsed in the episode after reading his mother’s letter.
Dierhaug also lost his mind when he read his best friend’s tribute.
-I promised myself I wouldn’t cry on TV, but I don’t have any chance.
– Complete loss of confidence
After completing the orientation, the participants had to climb down the mountain. Kayaking – and another map task – was also expected.
Saab was finally the first to finish the race, with Dierhoog hot on his heels. But for Maria Staffang and Johan Kelly, things did not go so easily, and for the latter, it seemed dark for a long time.
– I was so tired. I was cold, wet, and exhausted, and I was walking maybe five times farther than I should have. “I completely lost confidence,” Kelly says.
The freestyle contestant says she was on the verge of giving up. Then I took a sudden “180 degree turn.”
– I found out that Maria was only five minutes ahead of me, and after that I went completely into “fighter mode.” I was really impressed with myself.
Had to pack up
Suddenly, Kelly was given last place, after besting the final map mission with the fastest time. Thus, it was Staffang who drew the shortest straw and had to end the adventure.
– I didn’t realize I did that. Maria had done a lot more wrong than me, and it was very sad and sad for her to leave — especially because she was the one who taught me the maps, Kelly says.
In the final of “71 Degrees North – Norway’s Toughest Celebrities” we find Bilal Saab, Niklas Dierhooghe and Johan Kiely.
Maria Staffang, Bilal Saab and Niklas Dierhoog did not respond to Seaog Horse’s inquiries.
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