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The current series of I’m a Celebrity is entertaining fans with its usual mix of celebrities and sports stars undertaking gruesome challenges to win food for the camp. This year I’m a Celebrity is taking place at Gwrych Castle in North Wales, and the winner will be crowned King or Queen of the Castle.
I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here Latest Winner Odds as at November 30th
The Great British public has been busy voting and Paralympian Hollie Arnold was the first contestant to leave the show this weekend with West End star Ruthie Henshall the second. Ten celebrities are left now to scavenge for their meagre rations in increasingly wintery conditions at Gwrych Castle in North Wales, with the winner of the popular show being crowned King or Queen of the Castle on Friday 4 December.
The 20th season of I’m a Celebrity….Get Me Out of Here viewing figures have dropped since the first episode aired but over 8 million viewers are still tuning in every night to see how the celebs are coping with Ant and Dec’s demanding challenges set in the bleakest of castles and tormented by a large colony of crows that just are not respectors of celebrity at all.
Radio 1 DJ Jordan North remains favourite to win the show, with odds of 6/4 from bookie BetFred but his position is drifting now and the 30-year old will do well to hold onto his position against strong competition.
Giovanna Fletcher is now shooting up the leaderboard and her genuine distress at not getting a message from home this weekend will tug many viewers’ heartstrings for sure. The 35-year old author and CBeebies presenter has moved into second place now, with the odds shortening from 8/1 at the start of the show two weeks ago to 9/4 now from most bookies, including William Hill and Paddy Power.
Popular TV presenter Vernon Kay remains in third place in the betting. He had shared Giovanna’s odds of 8/1 at the outset, and BetFred now offers odds of 13/2, so no significant change there. The 46-year old is not showboating like some of the other contestants (no names mentioned, Victoria) and his brilliant sense of humour is tickling the fancy of many viewers with his most recent quip – comparing the octopus he was (over) cooking to Shane Richie’s testicles – causing much hilarity.
The odds on a win for either Shane Richie or Mo Farah are drifting now but both men remain in contention for the mo (sorry!). Former Eastenders stalwart, 56-year old Shane Richie started the show as second favourite (with odds of 4/1 from BetFred), but his tense relations with fellow campmate, AJ Fletcher, have not endeared him to viewers and odds have lengthened to 9/1 from bookie William Hill. Mo Farah, the most successful British track athlete ever and all-round Good Egg, is still in with a chance of winning I’m a Celebrity if the bookies are to be believed with odds of 10/1 from Bet365.
Interestingly, all the other contestants are a huge distance behind in the betting with odds ranging from 50/1 for former Eastenders actress Jessica Plummer all the way down to 150/1 for late entrant to the camp, singer Russell Watson. So, according to the bookies at least, we can expect Jessica, Russell, Beverly Callard, Victoria Derbyshire and AJ Pritchard to be leaving before Friday.
|Odds were correct at time of publishing but may be subject to change|
The bookies are already taking bets on the winner of the 20th series, and at the moment Radio 1 DJ Jordan North is at the top of the leaderboard, with odds of 10/11. The 30-year-old from Burnley in Lancashire is a big hit at the camp and his performances during the bushtucker trials has won legions of fans, with one commenting on Twitter “Jordan North to win, genuine fears but getting stuck in…what a great journey he is on”. Jordan has just become leader of the camp and his first tasks – appointing Victoria Derbyshire as deputy and allocating camp tasks – were undertaken with aplomb. We’re looking forward to seeing how he progresses through the challenges of the next few days. Will having sole use of the leader’s posh chair change him?
Shane Richie is second favourite just now, at odds of 4/1 from BetFred. The 56-year-old actor is best known for his lengthy stint at Eastenders where he played Alfie Moon and this weekend Shane told his campmates that he was on his uppers when he was offered the part. He shared the story that he had been kind some years ago to the runner on another show who was being treated poorly, only for that runner to return the favour many years later when she became the producer of Eastenders…tear jerking stuff, that.
Vernon Kay is also right up amongst the favourites, with odds of 8/1 from bookie William Hill. The 46-year-old presenter is stoical with the bushtucker trials and his down-to-earth personality is winning over legions of viewers. It’s not just his looks, honest, but they do help. As the days go by, many of the celebrities are starting to look rather shabby and dishevelled but former model Vernon is still swoon-worthy. Lucky Tess Daly!!
Author and CBeebies presenter of The Baby Club, Giovanna Fletcher, is also in the running to win I’m a Celebrity. The 35-year-old is sharing identical odds of 8/1 with Vernon but her can-do attitude and confident approach to life in the camp may move her up the leaderboard as time goes on. She did score a little bit of an own goal over the weekend when she chose to be first to escape from the stocks – trying to show the others the way we think – but her contrition at escaping so quickly from the awful offal tumbling down from above was genuine and the rest of the camp held no grudges against her. To be honest, much depends on the producers of the show – they decide who gets the most air time and, to an extent, how the celebs are portrayed, so we’ll just have to wait and see how Giovanna progresses.
The big draw on this year’s I’m a Celebrity is undoubtedly the global superstar Mo Farah. The most successful British track athlete of modern times, Mo won gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the 2012 and the 2016 Olympic games. With a daily diet consisting of mostly rice and beans, most contestants on the show lose a considerable amount of weight, probably a stone or so, before they emerge to greet their loved ones and be interviewed by Ant and Dec. But 37-year-old Mo has no weight to lose and, although he is used to a restricted diet as an endurance runner, we worry that he will be skin and bone before the show ends in early December! Mo’s super-nice character is winning over new fans and we expect him to do well when the public starts voting for their favourite celebs but the bookies are cautious about his chances, with Bet365 offering odds of 20/1 that he will win.
Many viewers will have a soft spot for Coronation Street actress Beverley Callard too. The Yorkshire lass is a real trooper and after chomping through the most ghastly vegan slops, Beverley may have already scored the best lines of this series during the Fright of the Roundtable trial when she confessed that she’s only been a vegan since March. The 63-year old is recovering from a major hip operation and she’s a little less sprightly than Mo, but the bookies reckon she will prove popular with viewers and bookmaker Paddy Power offer odds of 22/1 that she will be crowned Queen of the Castle.
It’s early days and I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here is exceptionally good at separating the wheat from the chaff. Jordan North is clear favourite to win just now, despite being relatively unknown to older viewers when he entered the camp, and we expect him to perform well when voting starts. But this year’s batch of celebs is one of the best since the show started way back in 2002 so Jordan is up against stiff competition.