Celebrity Super Spa

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Celebrity Super Spa
GenreFashion, Reality
Presented byEoghan McDermott
Laura Jackson
StarringHerbert Howe
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Simon Marsh
Sumi Connock
Tony Moulsdale
Melanie Darlaston
Producer(s)Barry Hart (series)
Production location(s)Liverpool
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)ITV Studios and Motion Content Group
Original networkChannel 5
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original release13 September (2013-09-13) –
19 September 2013
Related showsTrust Me – I'm a Beauty Therapist
External links

Celebrity Super Spa is a British reality television show. It is broadcast on Channel 5, making its debut on 13 September 2013.[1] The show is produced by ITV Studios and Motion Content Group[2] and centres on six celebrities working in a real-life Spa in Liverpool, where they are taught to pluck, preen and pamper by Herbert Howe, a man with fifty years experience in the hair and beauty industry.[3][4]

The Voice of Ireland host Eoghan McDermott and Laura Jackson hosted the series; as confirmed on 15 July 2013.[5]


Six celebrities work in a real-life Spa in Liverpool, where they are taught to pluck, preen and pamper by Herbert Howe, a man with fifty years experience in the hair and beauty industry. During their time working at the Spa, they are partnered with a real hair & beauty apprentice. Howe and his team of experts will judge the performances of each pair across the series, and in every episode he will decide on who performed the best, thus being his 'Salon Stars', and on who performed the worst in the day's masterclass. Each masterclass is based upon a different treatment, such as massaging, and usually involves real clientele. In the final episode, Howe and his team of experts take into account each pair's performance throughout the series, with the winning apprentice (as a part of the winning pair) receiving £10,000 and an apprenticeship.


On 15 July 2013, the six celebrities to be featuring in the first series of the show were announced.[6]

Celebrity Known for
James "Arg" Argent The Only Way Is Essex star
Helen Flanagan Former Coronation Street actress
Jody Latham Former Shameless actor
John Burton-Race Celebrity chef
Rustie Lee Celebrity chef
Yvette Fielding Former Most Haunted star


Name Age Hometown Celebrity Pairing
Dil Barber 19 Cheshire James "Arg" Argent
James Edwards 27 The Wirral Jody Latham
Jennifer "Jeni" Wells 28 Liverpool Rustie Lee
Megan 21 Manchester Yvette Fielding
Sanchez Weaver 22 Liverpool Helen Flanagan
Shani Lane 21 Cardiff John Burton-Race


The first series began on Channel 5 on 13 September 2013 at 10pm; with subsequent episodes airing in the weeknight slot at 9pm from 16–19 September 2013.[1] There were six sixty-minute episodes in the first series,[7] however only five were broadcast on television due to poor ratings.

Episode 1[edit]

  • Broadcast date: 13 September 2013

The six celebrities met each other and were introduced to Herbert Howe, a man with over fifty years experience in the hair and beauty industry. Howe decided that each celebrity had to perform a consultation with a real-life client before they could begin working at the salon. Following these consultations, it was then revealed that these clients were apprentices themselves, all in training to work in the industry, and that they would be partnered with the celebrity who had consulted them. This meant that: Arg and Dil, Helen and Sanchez, Jody and James, John and Shani, Rustie and Jeni, and Yvette and Megan became partners. Furthermore, Howe explained that the winning apprentice (as a part of the winning pair) would leave the show with £10,000 and an apprenticeship. This put extra pressure on the celebrities.

On the second day, Helen's punctuality caused an argument with John, which forced her to tears. Later, in their respective pairs, they were given a masterclass in massaging which enabled them to demonstrate their new-found skills on real clientele; Howe judged Yvette and Megan to be this episode's 'Salon Stars' (best performers) and judged Arg and Dil to be this episode's worst performers. Arg & Dil were then told to clean up Howe's salon as punishment.

Episode 2[edit]

  • Broadcast date: 16 September 2013

The celebrities and trainees were given a masterclass in waxing technique. After practising on each other, they tackled their first real clients, a local rugby team, working against the clock to remove as much hair from the boys as they can.

The special challenge set by Herbert was intimate waxing.

Episode 3[edit]

  • This episode is an online exclusive and was not aired on TV.[8]

The celebrity and trainee pairs were taught how to cut hair and then had a client each whose hair they had to cut.

The special task set by Herbert was hair art, where they were shown how to shave patterns into clients' hair. Each celebrity and trainee had to create their own design and shave it in to a client's hair.

Episode 4[edit]

  • Broadcast date: 17 September 2013

The celebrities and trainees were taught how to create the glamorous Liverpool look on male clients.

The special challenge set by Herbert was vajazzling and pejazzling clients, taught by Amy Childs. The celebrity and trainee pairs had to design their own vajazzle.

Episode 5[edit]

  • Broadcast date: 18 September 2013

The celebrities and trainees are taught how to give a manicure and pedicure and then practice on each other. Later, they are then given a spray tanning class, for which Helen volunteered to model. The celebrities and trainees then spray tan clients.

The special challenge set by Herbert, where the celebrities and trainees were split into two teams, Life's a Beach (spray tanning) and Hard As Nails (manicures), where they had to create and run their own pop-up shop in the salon. The team who made the most money would be the winners. All money raised was donated to charity.

Episode 6[edit]

  • Broadcast date: 19 September 2013

Performance table[edit]

Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6
Arg & Dil Worst Performers
Worst Performers Worst Performers
Helen & Sanchez
Salon Stars
Worst Performers
Jody & James
Worst Performers
Salon Stars
John & Shani
Salon Stars
Rustie & Jeni
Salon Stars Salon Stars
Yvette & Megan Salon Stars
Worst Performers
Notes This was a team challenge


Official episode viewing figures from BARB.[9]

Episode no. Airdate Total UK viewers
Channel 5 weekly ranking
1 13 September 2013 1.31 10
2 16 September 2013 0.50 Outside Top 30
3 17 September 2013 Online Only N/A
4 17 September 2013 0.13 Outside Top 30
5 18 September 2013 0.97 13
6 19 September 2013 Under 0.64 Outside Top 30


  1. ^ a b "'Celebrity Big Brother' final confirmed for Friday 13th September, to be split into two parts". Telly Plus. 28 August 2013. Archived from the original on 28 August 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  2. ^ Watkins, Mike (17 June 2013). "ITV to produce Celebrity Super Spa for Channel 5". ATV Today. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  3. ^ Fletcher, Alex (17 June 2013). "'Celebrity Super Spa': Channel 5 reveals new reality show". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  4. ^ Howell, Jordan (17 June 2013). "Channel 5 orders six-part 'Celebrity Super Spa' series". imediamonkey. Archived from the original on 22 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  5. ^ Fletcher, Alex (15 July 2013). "Helen Flanagan, Arg, Rustie Lee for 'Celebrity Super Spa'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Celebrity Super Spa line up revealed". Channel 5. 15 July 2013. Archived from the original on 11 August 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Celebrity Super Spa". Channel 5. 17 June 2013. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  8. ^ http://www.channel5.com/shows/celebrity-super-spa/episodes/episode-3-509
  9. ^ http://www.barb.co.uk/

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