Patti Blagojevich, daughter of a powerful alderman, wife of a onetime governor, has officially landed in the jungle.
From the Publicity Agency, which is handling Patti and Rod's PR:
PRNewsChannel) / Chicago, Ill. / Embracing her new role as reality show contestant, the former First Lady of Illinois is on her way to Costa Rica to compete in an NBC reality show.
Her email autoresponder now says: 'I will be out of the office and in the jungle until further notice.'
"Patti is going to compete because this is what a mom does for her kids and for her family," says Glenn Selig, founder of The Publicity Agency and spokesman for Patti and her husband Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor.
Patti accepted an offer from NBC to go to Costa Rica when a judge said the former governor who has been indicted could not travel out of the country, says Selig.
"On the show her strategy is to be herself. She's funny, witty and I think extremely likeable."
Based on the hit U.K. reality show, "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!" is a groundbreaking live series event that premieres June 1 on NBC.
Celebrities of various backgrounds will be dropped into the heart of the Costa Rican jungle. They will face challenges designed to test their skills in adapting to the wilderness and to raise money for their favorite charities. It's the ultimate Swiss Family Robinson as participants face fun and comedic challenges designed to test their survival skills.
"Patti may be adventurous but at most she's only spent one night camping," says Selig. "She is a 'big city girl' and this will be challenging."
America is the puppet master, controlling their favorites by putting them into challenges and tasks to win food, supplies and luxury items by casting votes.
"Patti hopes the public votes to keep her in Costa Rica because the longer she stays the more money she raises for charity," says Selig.