Monday 19 August 2019

Amir Khan squeals 'I'm a Celebrity' during snakes task as Jennie McAlpine breaks down over her son

Amir Khan
Amir Khan

Amir Khan failed his first I'm A Celebrity Bushtucker Trial after having to face his phobia - snakes.

The boxer screamed in terror and shouted "I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!" as he got a bit too close to one of the slithery creatures in the Critter-cal Rescue task.

Khan, 30, and campmate Georgia Toffolo were selected for the first Trial in a public vote.

As they discussed what it might entail, a worried Khan admitted: "It's snakes and spiders I can't deal with."

Presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly explained that the scary challenge would take place in a giant termites nest, with one of the contestants locked in a chamber and the other celebrity rummaging in holes for keys to undo the door.

Success would mean another meal ticket for the camp.

Amir fails the first Bushtucker - PIC ITV
Amir fails the first Bushtucker - PIC ITV

Made In Chelsea star Toffolo, 22, headed to the chamber and, as the klaxon sounded, hundreds of crickets and cockroaches started to land on her.

Khan braved maggots and cockroaches as he searched for keys, but a nip on the hand from a mud crab was almost his undoing.

"I've not screamed this much in my life," he confessed.

When Khan shoved his hand into the next hole, he was horrified to encounter a snake.

He tried to grab the key but, to his horror, ended up pulling out the creature itself.

Panicking, he crawled back down the tunnel shouting: "I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!"

Jennie McAlpine
Jennie McAlpine

He said afterwards: "This was my first Trial, I thought you'd take it easy on me, I'm scared of snakes."

"You really haven't seen the show before have you?" said Donnelly.

McPartlin laughed: "We don't take it easy on you."

Khan said: "I feel bad for the team because I really wanted to get some meal tickets but I just had to give up, it got so hard."

As well as Khan and Toffolo, the line-up of hopefuls this year includes Boris Johnson's father Stanley, Coronation Street actress Jennie McAlpine and Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas, along with comedian Shappi Khorsandi.

They are joined by Saturdays singer Vanessa White and YouTube personality Jack Maynard.

From the sports world, ex-footballer Dennis Wise and Rebekah Vardy, wife of England footballer Jamie, are also taking part.

At the end of the episode, hosts McPartlin and Donnelly announced that Khan had been picked for the second Bushtucker Trial - named Flushed Out.

Elsewhere Jennie McAlpine broke down in tears in the jungle as she explained she is missing her son.

The Coronation Street actress is mother to three-year-old Albert and admitted it was tough to be without him while she competes in the ITV show.

She disappeared into the jungle dunny to have a cry, later saying in the Bush Telegraph: "I got a bit teary in the loo, I was just thinking about missing home and my little boy."

Starting to cry again, she said: "It's hard to know what to talk about because if you talk about it, like now..."

The actress said later: "Albert didn't quite get the concept of where I was going so I said I was off to work and there might be crocodiles which he thought was really strange.

"I absolutely know daddy and Albert will be having the best time together and they'll be having loads of fun, so yeah, I have to brave for them."

McAlpine bonded with fellow camper Shappi Khorsandi over missing their children.

"I really like Shappi a lot," she said. "Me and her have both got little ones, her little girl is four and my little boy is three."

Khorsandi opened up about her feelings in the Bush Telegraph, explaining: "I just miss my children as they're the people I have the most fun with. Nothing is as much fun if they're not there and I think that's perfectly natural, as it should be."

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