Sunday 15 December 2019

X Factor's Jake Quickenden and Edwina Currie join I'm A Celebrity jungle line-up

Jake Quickenden and Edwina Currie
Jake Quickenden and Edwina Currie
Jake Quickenden on I'm a Celebrity
Edwina Currie in I'm a Celebrity
Edwina Curry
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

X Factor reject Jake Quickenden and former Conservative MP Edwina Currie are joining the jungle campmates in tonight's show.

Jake (26) admits he said yes "straight away" and says he hasn't "stopped grinning" since he was offered the show.

Having posted many a topless selfie on Twitter and Instagram during his time on X Factor, Jake will be right at home in the over-heated Aussie jungle.

The single singer may well raise temperatures amongst the ladies of hte camp, not least Irish model/singer Nadia Forde who is also single.

“I will look forward to getting my teeth into everything - but who knows what I am getting my teeth into?” says Jake.

As for the trials of the jungle, he says lack of food will be his biggest problem.

“I was eating like a horse when I left the X Factor house and so I am going to really miss my food,” he admits.

“I had no time to prepare for the experience beforehand and I know I probably will go a bit mad on no food but I am not going to complain. I am so happy to be part of this.”

He says he is determined not to let his fellow celebrities down.

“I am not keen on rats but I don’t mind heights or water,” he says. “I like physical challenges and I will give them a go. The eating trials are funny but I will do them. I am happy to do everything.”

Describing himself as easy going, he reveals bad manners do, however, annoy the X Factor contestant. “I don’t get wound up that easily but I don’t like bad manners,” he stresses. “If someone is being rude, that’s not nice.”

And asked if she saw her role in the camp as a motherly figure, the 68-year-old, who has two daughters, smiles as she declares: “That’s not my national reputation!

Edwina Currie (68), meanwhile, may have less patience with fellow campmates.

“If I hear someone talking complete bo**ocks, then I will probably say so. I am a Scouser and there is no such thing as a meek Scouser,” she says.

She thinks politicians will be split on her decision to go on I’m A Celebrity.

“Some of them will be saying ‘what is the programme like?’ If there is any logic in politics, which there isn’t, my political opponents will be voting for me to stay in and my political friends will be going ‘no let’s get her home as quick as we can’.”

She recalls the time when Margaret Thatcher was discussing the show with Neil Hamilton.

 “I remember Neil talking to Margaret Thatcher. His wife, Christine, was in it. He was trying to explain to a very elderly Margaret Thatcher what it was all about and she couldn’t hear very well.

“He told her the title of the show, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! ‘Neil’ she said, ‘you have only been here a few minutes, surely you can stay a bit longer?!”

Like Jake, Edwina is no stranger to reality shows having already competed on Strictly Come Dancing.

As for being bored in the jungle and Edwina thinks if there is a good-looking celebrity joining her, this won’t be a problem. “If there is any eye totty I will just look at that,” jokes the former politician.

She’s likely to be happy to be paired with Jake.

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