Sunday 15 September 2019

Anne Hegerty becomes fifth contestant to leave I’m A Celebrity after public vote

The professional quizzer lasted 19 days in the jungle.

Anne Hegerty has become the fifth contestant to leave the show (ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
Anne Hegerty has become the fifth contestant to leave the show (ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

By Alex Green, Press Association Entertainment Reporter

Anne Hegerty has become the fifth contestant to leave I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! following a public vote.

As her name was called by hosts Declan Donnelly and Holly Willoughby, the professional quizzer’s face broke into a smile before she shouted out: “Yes!”

Hegerty, a quiz master on ITV’s The Chase, managed 19 days in the jungle and struggled with its biting insects, heat and Bushtucker trials.

After saying her goodbyes, Hegerty joined Willoughby and Donnelly in the studio where she praised her fellow contestants for helping her struggle through life in the jungle.

The seven remaining contestants try to gain entry to the Jungle Arms (ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

She said: “I couldn’t have remotely dealt with it without 10 fantastic other people. It was all down to them. It was all about them. They have been so kind.”

Hegerty follows Rita Simons, Noel Edmonds, Malique Thompson-Dwyer and Sair Khan in leaving the jungle.

The 60-year-old, who has autism, also spoke of how her condition had made her time in the jungle more challenging.

Sipping from a glass, she said: “It was awful at the beginning… It really hit me, and I was like, ‘What have I done? I can’t remotely do this. What was I thinking?’

“If people understood, when you suddenly come up against a situation which you thought you had imagined it, and you hadn’t. Sometimes people say autism is a failure of imagination. We are not good at imagining outcomes.

“We are not really able to imagine what something is going to be like. We think we have done all the work we need to. I was just a zombie at Snake Rock for at least the first 24 hours.”

Earlier, the seven remaining contestants had faced buckets of insects to gain entry to the Jungle Arms, the reality show’s own makeshift pub where the camp members were rewarded with snacks, drinks and karaoke.

A fixture from previous series, entry to the Jungle Arms was not guaranteed and the remaining celebrities were forced to complete a challenge before walking through the door.

The seven remaining contestants take their seats at the Jungle Arms (ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

After a day which saw John Barrowman rescued from a cage in the Rotten Retrieval Bushtucker Trial, the contestants were told to make their way into the jungle in search of the Jungle Arms.

Forming a queue outside, the celebrities had to approach one by one before being confronted by the doorman, Kiosk Kev.

They were challenged to answer his question and if they were wrong, the contestant would have to return to the back of the queue.

As the group waited, they were showered with a variety of creepy crawlies and, as a bucket of crickets was poured over his head, Harry Redknapp joked: “They should have called this place The Cricketers Arms.”

The former football manager and Emily Atack were the last to gain entry after Redknapp answered wrongly and Atack was caught cheating, after Redknapp shouted the correct answer to her question.

After the group had all gained entry, festivities began.

Fleur East and James McVey sang and strummed a guitar before Redknapp stood to deliver a rousing rendition of Paul Anka’s My Way, made popular by Frank Sinatra.

Barrowman and Atack took on Summer Nights from the musical Grease while Hegerty sang Mamma Mia by Abba.

Led by East, the group sang Lean On Me by Bill Withers, and the evening concluded with Atack and East dancing to Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! continues on ITV.

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