Celebrity Race Across The World fans dub Harry Judd’s mum a ‘national treasure’

The newest series of Celebrity Race Across the World is well underway, with four celebs and a chosen partner racing their way through 24 different countries.

One participant is McFly’s Harry Judd, whose mum Emma is already proving a fan favourite among viewers, with fans praising her for "embracing the culture" wherever see goes.

Wednesday (27 September) night's episode saw Emma force her son to partake in some sight-seeing with her as they killed time before an overnight coach journey.

As these scenes unfolded, fans took to social media to express their fondness for Emma, with one writing: "Emma forcing Harry to see the cathedral of Porto is such a Mum mood. But it 100% would always beat a bus station! #RaceAcrossTheWorld."

"There's no real jeopardy in the celeb version, as it's not like they're in it to win money… So I kinda respect Harry's mum for just doing it to embrace the culture wherever she goes. #RaceAcrossTheWorld" added another.

While a third added: "I don't think anyone has ever ascended to national treasure status as fast as Harry Judd's mum has. #RaceAcrossTheWorld."

And a fourth penned: ".@mcflyharry and his mum on #raceacrosstheworld are absolute legends! Such an enjoyable series."

Ahead of the show airing, Harry, 38, shared that he picked his mum as a way to reconnect with her, telling press: "I’m the youngest of three and was a mummy’s boy growing up.

"Then suddenly at 17, I was in this band and just so busy – the dynamic of our relationship shifted a lot.

"I didn’t consider the impact that my leaving had on mum and now having children myself, I can relate to what she went through.

"One of the things I enjoyed most was spending 10 hours on a train with her. We would talk for nine-and-a-half of those hours about life, her childhood. That was the most special thing."

Harry also revealed that both he and his mum had wanted to travel but that life had gotten in the way, as he explained: "I never travelled when I was younger. I travelled with the band, but I never properly did backpacking and I always wanted to.

"I think the same applies for my mum, she always wanted to but started a family when she was 22."

The show, which airs weekly on BBC, sees Harry and Emma race against Good Morning Britain's Alex Beresford and his dad, Noel; singer Mel Blatt and her mum, Helene, and British Racing Driver and pundit Billy Monger and his sister, Bonny.

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