The return of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! is upon us.
The reality series is returning to screens with the first episode of the 2023 season airing tonight (19 November) at 9pm on ITV. The episode is due to run longer than usual, concluding at 10.45pm.
Viewers will get their first look at the new crop of celebrities decamping to the Australian outback in the hopes of being crowned this year’s King or Queen of the Jungle.
All eyes will undoubtedly be on former Ukip and Brexit party MEP Nigel Farage who, following in the footsteps of disgraced politician Matt Hancock last year, is among the stars entering the jungle.
In a preview of the first episode, Farage, 59, is seen waist-deep in a trough of disgusting brown sludge, wearing clear goggles and a stained pink button-down shirt.
The politician-turned-GB News presenter previously said that he would not be able to take part in some of the bushtucker trials due to health problems resulting from a 2010 plane crash.
I’m a Celeb airs every night except Saturdays at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX.
I’m a Celebrity... full line-up
Preview teases the ominously titled Temple of Doom challenge
Is there prize money for the winner?
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There you have it... the first episode of I’m a Celeb 2023 has come to an end – and what an eventful episode it was.
And to no one’s surprise...
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The public has voted for Nigel Farage to take part in the first disgusting food challenge of the series: the ominously titled “The Jungle Pizzeria”.
Joining the ex-politician will be YouTuber Nella Rose.
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Jamie-Lynn told campmates that with acting, she “loves to play someone people are meant to hate but they end up liking”.
Given the controversy surrounding her relationship with sister Britney Spears, it seems that perhaps Nigel Farage isn’t the only one seeking to rehabilitate their image on I’m A Celeb.
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On the menu tonight... Kangaroo hind!
Luckily, Fred knows what to do: just add a little bit of water.
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Like many teenagers in the Noughties, Danielle used to watch Jamie-Lynn in the Nickelodeon series Zoey 101 after school.
Now, they’re bunking together – small world!
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Also, did anyone else catch that NSFW joke about JLS star Marvin?
“JLS – juicy little scrotum...” OK Ant and Dec.
Home sweet home!
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Grace, Fred, Sam, and Danielle are the first to arrive at their new digs, which they seem strangely enthusiastic about. Not sure that will last long.
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Who do you want to take part in the first gruesome food trial of the season? Vote now!
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Nick is clearly in it to win – creepy crawlies be damned.
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Wait, Temple of Doom is apparently the first trial of the series? What do you call the skydiving? Or the hell holes? Or the brown sludge?
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They did really throw those creepy crawlies on them at the last-minute, didn’t they?
No sorry the way they’re just dashing the creepy crawlies at them !!?? #ImACeleb
— Indiyah (@1ndiyah) November 19, 2023
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Safe to say Jamie-Lynn is not a fan of green ants...
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First skydiving, now Temple of Doom... they can’t catch a break, can they?
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“It was just... very disgusting,” says Nella in what must be the understatement of the century.
The challenge had successful outcome, though, with the trio winning seven tokens for seven more minutes for their campmates.
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That is some suspiciously grey sludge Nigel and Nella are wading through right now...
That’s a nice way of looking at it!
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“It was like living out my childhood dreams of being a fairy,” says Jamie-Lynn post-skydive.
That’s one way to arrive...
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Jamie-Lynn, Marvin, and Nick are skydiving into camp – with Jamie-Lynn the first to go!
Here comes Jamie-Lynn...
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Joining Nick and Marvin is Jamie-Lynn Spears – actor, singer and, of course, sister to Britney Spears.
Meet Nick Pickard
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“I’m like a dustbin,” says soap royalty Nick Pickard, who is most apprehensive about the food situation at camp – namely the scarcity of it.
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... is self-confessed acrophobic Marvin Humes.
Marvin, 38, originally found fame as part of boyband JLS on The X Factor in 2008, with the group finishing in second place. After splitting in 2013, the band reformed in 2019 and have just completed a tour.
Josie Gibson makes Brexit jibe to Nigel Farage as he says he's dealt with many snakes
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Full list of contestants...
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“You smell great, by the way!” Even after completing death-defying challenge, Sam Thompson is full of compliments for Ant.
‘C’mon Sam, you can do it!'
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Aw, Grace shouting out support for Sam. I’d barely be able to speak.
Anyone else haunted by this image?
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Anyone else’s palms sweaty just watching this?
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Danielle and Fred are smashing it!
Snakes or heights?
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What would you rather? Watching this, it’s a tough choice.
No sign yet of these campmates...
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Still to come are Jamie-Lynn Spears, Marvin Humes, and Nick Pickard.
Don’t look down!
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Grace Dent, Danielle Harold, Sam Thompson, and Fred Sirieix take on their first sky-high challenge. Those with a fear of heights – look away now!
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Three tokens for Nigel Farage! Three tokens for Josie Gibson! And... zero for Nella.
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“Oh they’re horrible, aren’t they?” Nigel Farage appears utterly unimpressed by the several snakes he is facing in this first challenge, which bodes well for future bushtucker trials.
How long is tonight’s episode?
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This being the first episode of the 2023 season, viewers are being treated to an extra long 105-minute instalment. The episode will conclude at 10.45pm – plenty of more time for creepy crawlies.
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Fair to say that Nella is not a fan of snakes. The YouTuber stuck her head in the “hell hole” to discover several slippery, slithery reptiles.
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Nothing good has ever come from a sign saying “Insert Head Here”...
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I’m already feeling dizzy looking at that rooftop challenge. I don’t know what it is but anything 100m above the ground has me nervous.
Who is Grace Dent?
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Joining Sam Thompson and Fred Sirieix on the rooftop is broadcaster, author and food critic Grace Dent, who has written restaurant articles for The Guardian and Evening Standard. You may also recognise her as a guest judge on MasterChef UK.
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Fred Sirieux may be in for a shock. It doesn’t get much further from First Dates than I’m a Celeb... no fancy dinners here!
Next up: Sam Thompson
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“I’m a slightly cheeky chappy,” says Sam Thompson, best known for his role on another reality show Made In Chelsea.
My *very* early prediction. I think Sam Thompson will win #ImACeleb
— Bethany 🖤🤍💜 (@hansen_heere) November 19, 2023
Highlight of the episode so far
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“It’s giving Texas Chainsaw Massacre Vibes,” says Nella.
Let the games begin!
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The other celebrities are trying to win stars for their first meal in camp – and the amount of time they have to do so is down to Nigel, Josie, and Nella who are due to embark on their first challenge.
Who is Nella Rose?
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Joining Nigel Farage and Josie Gibson in the outback is YouTuber Nella Rose – who evidently has a big fanbase cheering her on from home.
INSTANTLY SEATED FOR MOTHER NELLA #ImACeleb
— ben is GOING TO THE ERAS TOUR💌 (@benoxley13) November 19, 2023
— Mimi the music blogger 2.0 (@mimitheblogger) November 19, 2023
That didn’t take long!
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There you have it, the first Brexit joke of the series – courtesy of Josie Gibson.
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“I’m a hero to some people – and an absolute villain to others,” says Nigel Farage – which is... putting it lightly.
Viewers boycott I’m a Celeb 2023
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While thousands will undoubtedly be tuning in tonight, a fair amount of viewers have declared they are boycotting the show in protest of a certain controversial politician on the line-up...
I shall be entirely boycotting I’m a Celeb. This is my last tweet on the subject.
— Prof Paul Bernal (@PaulbernalUK) November 19, 2023
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Jamie Lynn Spears, Fred Sirieux, and Nigel Farage are already looking very home at the camp
And we’re off!
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I’m a Celebrity 2023 is officially here...
How much do contestants get paid to go on I’m a Celeb?
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The fee varies from contestant to contestant, and is dependent on how in-demand and famous the celebrity is.
It’s speculated that most celebrities can be expected to fetch upwards of £30,000 from heading to the jungle.
Does the winner get any prize money?
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Unfortunately for the contestants, winning King or Queen of the Jungle does not come with a cash prize seperate to the fee they receive for appearing on the show.
Who is competing on this year’s I’m a Celeb?
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From soap stars and TV hosts, to one controversial ex-politician – this season will certainly be a rumble in the jungle...
Ant and Dec share first-look at I'm A Celebrity jungle camp
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Jamie Lynn Spears says she wants people to see ‘the real me’ on I’m a Celeb
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“There is literally every misconception you can have on a person about me so I don’t take any of it seriously,” Jamie Lynn told ITV ahead of her arrival in the jungle. “But I do think going on I’m A Celebrity will be a nice way for people to see the real me.”
The former Zoey 101 star, 32, came under fire in recent years amid her older sister’s 13-year battle to end her conservatorship, which was finally terminated in November 2021.
I’m a Celebrity’s Nigel Farage reveals why he’ll be exempt from some Bushtucker Trials
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More details here:
Meet the contestants entering the ITV jungle
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Ahead of the season premiere tonight, get to know the contestants entering the Australian jungle for the getaway of their lives...
The best moments from I’m a Celeb over the years
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Nigel Farage jokes about bumper payday for entering I’m A Celebrity
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I’m A Celebrity star Josie Gibson says her family thinks she’s ‘mad’ for joining jungle
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Here’s everything the This Morning presenter has said about her forthcoming stint on the survival reality series:
Nadine Dorries offers predictions on Nigel Farage I’m a Celebrity run
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Asked if she felt I’m a Celebrity would increase his popularity, Dorries said: “I think Nigel will do very very well. He’s got the chutzpah, he’s got the personality. I think he’ll do very well in I’m a Celebrity.”
Read more here:
I’m A Celebrity: Jamie Lynn Spears ‘refuses’ to take part in interviews
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Find out why here:
JLS star Marvin Humes says tearful goodbye to family
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The musician shared a tearful goodbye with his family as he landed in Australia ahead of tonight’s launch episode.
Humes, 38, was visibly emotional in a video as he said farewell to his This Morning presenter wife Rochelle and their children.
Nigel Farage shares biggest worry of entering the jungle as first trial revealed
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To Nigel Farage, being away from the news cycle is more frightening than creepy crawlies and stomach-churning meals...
Why do all contestants wear red socks?
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It is tradition for the stars to wear the trademark camper gear: red pants or shorts, a red waistcoat and red socks.
The reason for the brightly coloured footwear, however, is rather creepy...
First look at the I’m a Celebrity camp site
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The 10 most memorable I’m a Celebrity challenges
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From creepy crawlies to flies or maybe even spiders for lunch, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is back for another season, as the show prepares to welcome ten new stars to take on the Australian jungle.
While some grisly bushtucker trials may be interesting to watch, others might have viewers stomachs turning.
How much is Nigel Farage being paid?
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Before his stint on the show was confirmed, Farage said that he was “seriously considering” the series after being offered “really quite substantial sums of money” to sign up.
It has been reported that Farage will make £1.5m from the appearance – the highest any person has ever been paid to appear. This trounces Noel Edmond’s £600,000, which he received in 2022.
I’m a Celebrity fans threaten to boycott series over controversial contestant
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News that Nigel Farage would be among this year’s campmates attracted criticism among viewers, with some even threatening to boycott the season.
Farage is known for espousing right-wing views on subjects ranging from immigration and the gender pay gap, and over the years, has been accused of inciting xenophobia.
Read all about the controversy here...
Every I’m a Celebrity winner – and what they did next
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Last year’s series was won by ex-footballer Jill Scott, who was crowned Queen of the Jungle over actor Owen Warner and disgraced politican Matt Hancock who were also in the final three.
Other stars to have triumphed in previous years include fellow football star Harry Redknapp, Vicky Pattison, Kian Egan, Christopher Biggins, and first-ever winner Tony Blackburn.
Read all about the past champions here...
I’m a Celebrity has become a dystopian rehab for disgraced politicians
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By the time Matt Hancock left the jungle last year, he had gained popularity and was even considered a hearthrob by some, writes Ellie Harrison. Now Nigel Farage is going down under the with the hope of restoring his own reputation...
What was the Kiosk Keith controversy?
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Kiosk Keith was just as much a staple on I’m a Celebrity as Ant and Dec, before he was allegedly fired from the show in 2017.
Read about the controversy surrounding his departure here...
Is there prize money for the winner?
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We may be getting ahead of ourselves here given that the first episode is still yet to air, but viewers routinely wonder whether the winning contestant receives any prize money.
Unfortunately for the stars, there is no cash prize for winning I’m a Celeb – but they are paid a set fee to appear on the show.
This amount varies from contestant to contestant depending on how famous and coveted the celebrity is.
Read more here...
Spoiler shows stars take on first trial of the series: Temple of Doom...
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ITV bosses are not wasting any time this year torturing their roster of celebrity contestants.
New footage of tonight’s first episode shows the stars getting down and dirty in the first trial of the series, aptly named Temple of Doom...
Meet the contestants entering the ITV jungle
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This year’s crop of contestants include soap stars, TV presenters and a controversial former politician-turned-GB News host.
They’ll be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Lioness Jill Scott, who was crowned Queen of the Jungle in December 2022.
Below, we run through every single star entering the Australian jungle for the 21st series of I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!