Spiders and insects and snakes, oh my!
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Sunday 17 November, 9pm, ITV/HD (CH 103/113). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > ITV Hub
Whether it’s Made In Chelsea’s Georgia Toffolo forming an unlikely friendship with Boris Johnson’s father Stanley, former royal butler Paul Burrell begging bugs not to bite him or TOWIE’s Ferne McCann eating a LIVE spider, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is reality telly at its finest (and weirdest). There’s a reason why it’s now on its 19th series!
While the rumour mill is churning out rampant speculation about who might be entering the jungle this year – from Blue’s Duncan James, Hollyoaks’ Jennifer Metcalfe and This Morning’s Richard Madeley to a handful of Love Islanders (obviously!) – one thing is for certain: there will be giggling, gagging and grossness by the bucketload.
But before you settle in for an evening of bugs, bust-ups and Bushtucker Trials, why not line your stomach with our refresher on the show’s greatest moments below…
Who could forget the year of Peter Andre and Katie Price? Peter wrote his way into the artist formerly known as Jordan’s heart with not one, but two, songs. There’s the little ditty in the video above and also “Insania”, which reached number three in the UK charts. Needless to say, fellow jungler John Lydon was not a fan of either.
Series winner: Kerry Katona, who scored a run of MTV reality shows off the back of her victory before reuniting with Atomic Kitten for the ITV2 show The Big Reunion. She recently appeared on Celebs Go Dating – after all, surviving the jungle left her more than equipped to handle a few bad dates.
HE JUST WANTED A NICE, HOT SHOWER AND A FLUFFY TOWEL! WAS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK? WAS IT?
Series winner: Matt Willis, bassist and vocalist in the pop band Busted. He went on to present spin-off show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Now! with his wife Emma and also appeared in EastEnders and the revamped Birds Of A Feather. He later reunited with ex-bandmate James Bourne and formed the supergroup McBusted with members of McFly.
Some people say she faked it, but either way, we stan a dramatic contestant. In total, Gillian passed out a total of three times during her time on the show. Real? Not real? Maybe there are some things we’re just never meant to know.
Series winner: Stacey Solomon rose to fame on series 6 of The X Factor, coming third overall. She released her debut album Shy in 2015 and you can now catch her as a regular panellist on Loose Women and presenting various TV shows.
The Olympic athlete dealt with it as you would expect… like an absolute trooper! Can you even imagine? We shudder just thinking about the whole thing. Some heroes don’t wear capes, just vests with their names on.
Series winner: Dougie Poynter, the bassist from McFly. Like Willis, he was part of the McBusted project, and also co-wrote children’s books about pooping dinosaurs with his bandmate Tom Fletcher. He’s a frequent face at fashion shows and an environmental activist.
Former Pussycat Doll Ashley – along with Made In Chelsea’s Hugo Taylor and boxer David Haye – was tasked with convincing her campmates to sing and dance to the chorus of her band’s big hit “Don’t Cha”. The former girl group member absolutely nailed it, and even got reluctant darts player Eric Bristow to join in. Who says you can’t have a little fun in the jungle?
Series winner: Charlie Brooks, who also has a victory in the 2011 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special on her CV! She’s best known as Janine Butcher in EastEnders, a role she played in an astonishing 918 episodes, but has also appeared in dramas like Bleak House, Wired and Suspects.
Former Miss Universe GB, Amy Willerton, took it upon herself to teach Joey how to tell his ticks (and there are a lot of those in the jungle) from his tocks with a makeshift clock drawn on the ground. Joey seemed to get it, but three years later on Celebs Go Dating, he was still none the wiser. We’re beginning to think this is just a clever chat-up line…
Series winner: Kian Egan is a member of the super successful band Westlife. He was also a coach on The Voice Of Ireland.
Gemma fell at the first hurdle – crying in the helicopter that takes the stars to their new home. She climbed out, and three days later announced she was leaving the show. “I love myself too much to put myself through this,” she said. Same, Gemma, same. You do you.
Series winner: Carl Fogarty MBE, also known as Foggy, won several World Superbike Championships before retiring in 2000. Since then, he’s written two bestselling books, founded his own Superbike team and done plenty of charity work.
Do you think Emmerdale’s Adam is afraid of spiders? No way, he loves them so much, he even created his own language to communicate with them! If only he’d adopted Anger Management’s “goosfraba” mantra to calm himself down…
Series winner: Scarlett Moffatt, who won us over with her witty and hilarious commentary on Gogglebox. Since then, she’s had her fingers in lots of pies and taken on numerous presenting gigs, including most recently RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: The Podcast, which she co-hosts with drag queen Baby Lame.
In a bid to calm down Scarlett and two other contestants, field hockey player Sam Quek asked, “If you were at home right now, what would you eat?” Scarlett screeched in response: “Chicken kebab! A chicken kebab! I just want a chicken kebab!” With a mix of 120,000 critters, including rats, cockroaches, crickets and mealworms, crawling all over her, it’s a miracle she had any appetite at all!
We’ll end on a sweet note. Harry melted viewers’ hearts when he spoke about his wife Sandra, who he’s been with for more than 50 years. “I love her too much and it scares me,” he admitted. “If anything happened it would kill me.” This only made their tear-filled reunion all the more emotional to watch. And don’t even get us started on the look of pure shock on John’s face when he saw his husband Scott waiting for him! We’re not crying, YOU’RE crying!
Series winner: Harry Redknapp – if you name a team, he’s probably managed it! Viewers loved how open he was on I’m A Celebrity… and he’s since starred in Harry’s Heroes: The Full English, where he attempted to get 90s football legends back in shape.
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