I’m a Celebrity 2022 launch episode – live: Stars prepare to enter Australian jungle

I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! is back.

The popular ITV reality series is returning for its 20th series, which will return to the jungle in Australia for the first time since 2019.

I’m a Celebrity was forced to relocate to Wales due to the pandemic, but this year’s crop of celebrities will be back where the show truly belongs.

This year’s stars include singer Boy George, DJ Chris Moyles, and newsreader and Loose Women star Charlene White.

Controversy rocked the show upon the announcement that disgraced politician Matt Hancock will be entering the series a few days in alongside comedian Seann Walsh.

Follow along with all the live updates from the launch episode, which begins Sunday 96 November) at 9pm on ITV, below.

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Martin Lewis is not here for these celebrities.

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Wondering how much this year’s campmates are being paid?

How much are this year’s I’m a Celebrity contestants being paid?

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And that’s the (rather abrupt) end!

Tomorrow night, our VIPs (Olivia, Chris, George, Scarlette) will be taking part in the first trial of the series!

I can’t lie, it’s good to be back.

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“Mike Tindall is a dragon, bruv.”


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Jill Scott trying out the hammock and immediately falling onto the floor, Charlene White lighting fire with flint? Is there anything these ladies can’t do?

Jungle VIPs to complete first Bushtucker Trial

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Well, there you have it. Chris Moyles, Olivia Attwood, Boy George and Scarlette Douglas are united and are doing the first challenge during tomorrow’s show.

But for tonight, they’re slumming it on some mouldy beds – and they don’t look impressed...

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Still thinking about that spider...

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Owen on the other hand... the opposite of chill.

Still, he’s giving it a good go. Reckon he’s gonna be TV gold.

Mike Tindall supremely unfazed by first trial as spider crawls on his head

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Mike Tindall following in the Jill Scott school of chill – has anybody ever been so chill about a massive spider crawling on their head?

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Mike, Owen and Sue are doing their first challenges and some incredible quotes so far.

“It’s all bloody entrails” – Sue Cleaver, 2022.

Jill Scott’s odds slashed after impressive first trial performance

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Apparently I’m not the only one obsessed with Jill Scott.

Ladbrokes have slashed the Lioness’s odds from 11/2 to 5/2, just behind overall favourite Olivia Attwood.

Boy George and Scarlette Douglas second VIPs

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The public, somewhat predictably, have voted Boy George as the other group’s VIP.

He chooses Scarlette to go with him, meaning the other three are off in their chopper, potentially to do what Babatunde couldn’t do, and complete the high-walk trial.

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Boy George there, describing Ant and Dec as a “dark cloud of misery”.

Mike Tindall enters I’m a Celebrity 2022

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Aaaaand rounding out the original line-up, it’s Mike “Her Maj’s grandson-in-law” Tindall.

Who is Mike Tindall? Royal and I’m a Celebrity contestant in profile

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“She’s from A Place in the Sun.” “Where abouts?”


Scarlette Douglas enters I’m a Celebrity 2022

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A Place in the Sun’s Scarlette Douglas here next...

Who is Scarlette Douglas? I’m a Celebrity contestant in profile

Owen Warner enters I’m a Celebrity 2022

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Hollyoaks star Owen Warner joining next with a fun fact about snakes (”they ain’t got legs”).

Who is I’m a Celebrity’s Owen Warner?

Sue Cleaver enters I’m a Celebrity 2022

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Followed by Corrie’s very own Eileen Grimshaw, Sue Cleaver!

Sue Cleaver: I’m a Celebrity 2022 contestant in profile

Boy George enters I’m a Celebrity 2022

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Next up, it’s the other five s’lebs. First up, it’s Boy George, who’s reportedly been paid a whopping half a mil to take past.

Boy George: From Culture Club and controversies to I’m a Celebrity 2022

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Well there’s an unexpected celebrity connection to one of our campmates. Chris Moyles used to be Tom Grennan’s landlord – who knew?

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God........ that’s really high, isn’t it.........

Olivia Attwood and Chris Moyles to jump out of a helicopter

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Ahh, so that’s what Jungle VIP means. Chris and Olivia are going to be jumping out of a helicopter at 10,000 feet.

Olivia says she hopes to land with “both boobs” and “all the veneers” still attached, which I think we can all agree with.

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Quality TV this, Chris Moyles and Olivia Attwood doing prawn voices. Don’t pretend you haven’t missed it.

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Dan Walker knows what’s up...

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This is a Jill Scott stan blog.

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Has anyone ever looked so chill hanging off a stupidly high building?

Jill Scott clearly has nerves (and a core) of steel.

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Jill Scott.


What can you say?

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An “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here” after 39 minutes? Is that a new record? Before he’s even in the jungle?

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Babatunde’s up next and I think Jill Scott might be right. They definitely deserve more than three stars for this.

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If you’re looking out for Matt Hancock in this episode, he won’t be making an appearance – although Ant and Dec have promised to roll out the “matt” for him when he does arrive.

Here’s everything we know so far about his arrival.

Three stars up for grabs in first challenge

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If you’re afraid of heights... maybe look away now...

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Anyone have Olivia Attwood and Chris Moyles forming a weird jungle friendship on their I’m a Celebrity bingo card?

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VIP, we’ve just been told, actually means Very Isolated Person.

Jill, Charlene and Babatunde are heading off in a chopper for their first challenge – something to do with heights and a glass walkway?

Olivia Attwood named first Jungle VIP

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Ant and Dec are here and they’re telling this first five that Olivia Attwood has been named Jungle VIP by the public.

She gets to choose another campmate to join her in the VIP section, Attwood goes for Chris Moyles, her close friend for all of 10 minutes.

What awaits the other three, we’re yet to find out.

Babatunde Aléshé enters I’m a Celebrity 2022

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Rounding out group one, we have Babatunde Aléshé, who says he’s scared of “everything”! A good start!

Followed by him immediately tripping over, which is also a great sign!

Who is Babatunde Aléshé? The comedian and actor joining I’m a Celebrity 2022

Jill Scott enters I’m a Celebrity 2022

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Lioness legend Jill Scott in next – in a killer pair of trousers, too!

Charlene White is clearly a fan...

Who is Jill Scott? I’m a I’m a Celebrity contestant and Lioness in profile

Charlene White enters I’m a Celebrity 2022

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Aaaaand it’s Loose Women’s Charlene White next! She says she hates spiders, which seems like foreshadowing...

Who is I’m a Celebrity contestant Charlene White?

Olivia Attwood enters I’m a Celebrity 2022

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Love Island star Olivia Attwood (my guess for this year’s winner, BTW) is in next!

Who is Olivia Attwood? I’m a Celebrity contestant in profile

Chris Moyles enters I’m a Celebrity 2022

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First in – it’s Chris Moyles!

Who is Chris Moyles? I’m a Celebrity 2022 contestant in profile

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Back in Australia – much nicer than Gwrych Castle, isn’t it?

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And we’re off! Excellent rhinestoned spider hat from Boy George already...

When does I’m a Celebrity end tonight?

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Tonight’s series opener kicks off in a couple of minutes, but when will the extra-long episode finish?

What time does I’m a Celebrity start and finish tonight?

I’m a Celebrity odds - Mike Tindall the favourite to win before show starts

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The bookies are already readying their bets on this year’s series – and it looks like it might be a right royal flush...

According to Ladbrokes, Mike Tindall is most likely to be named King of the Jungle, followed by Boy George and Love Island’s Olivia Attwood in close second.

Check out the odds from Ladbrokes below.

I’m a Celebrity winner odds

Mike Tindall: 3/1

Boy George: 4/1

Olivia Attwood: 4/1

Jill Scott: 11/2

Chris Moyles: 8/1

Babatunde Aleshe: 9/1

Owen Warner: 14/1

Seann Walsh: 16/1

Matt Hancock: 16/1

Sue Cleaver: 20/1

Scarlette Douglas: 25/1

Charlene White: 33/1

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Ever wondered where our former Kings and Queens of the Jungle are now?

Every I’m a Celebrity winner and what they did next

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Obviously winning the show brings with it fame, glory and the title of King/Queen of the Jungle, but is there another prize too?

How much are this year’s I’m a Celebrity contestants being paid?

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I’m a Celebrity is back in Australia this winter for the first time since the pandemic began.

With it, come all the animal-based challenges the show is known for – but Peta aren’t happy about it, and have called for Ant and Dec to resign over the Bushtucker Trials.

Peta calls on ‘complicit’ Ant and Dec to resign from I’m a Celebrity

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Everyone’s been talking about a certain MP who will be joining the jungle as a “bombshell” (not the Love Island type) later in the competition, but who are the 10 stars who will be appearing in the first episode?

I’m a Celebrity line up: Confirmed cast for 2022

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Hi all! I’ll be taking live-blogging the first episode of I’m a Celebrity this evening!

Current predictions: creepy crawlies, horrible heights, and more “good evening Prime Minister”s from Ant and Dec than ever before...

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This is your one-hour warning!

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Last year’s I’m a Celebrity winner Danny Miller also made a damning prediction about Hancock’s appearance.

I’m a Celebrity winner Danny Miller shares damning Matt Hancock prediction

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A lot of people have plenty to say about Matt Hancock’s decision to sign up to the show.

One such person is Graham Norton, who didn’t hold back on the latest episode of his BBC chat show.

Graham Norton tears into ‘dense’ Matt Hancock over I’m a Celebrity 2022 appearance

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There’s an element of controversy over Boy George’s appearance.

Man who Boy George ‘chained’ to a wall criticises ITV for I’m a Celebrity inclusion

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All the details you need about tonight’s episode are here.

When does I’m a Celebrity 2022 start on ITV?

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You’ve probably heard that Matt Hancock will be entering the jungle – but he won’t be on the series tonight.

When is Matt Hancock joining the rest of the campmates on I’m a Celebrity?

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This year’s line-up is, let’s say, more chaotic than usual...

I’m a Celebrity’s 2022 lineup truly tops off a year of chaos and confusion

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Wondering how much the celebrities get paid to appear in the show? Wonder no more.

How much are this year’s I’m a Celebrity contestants being paid?

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Find the line-up for this year’s series here.

I’m a Celebrity line up: Meet the contestants entering the jungle in 2022

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It’s that time of year again – I’m a Celebrity is back for its 2022 series.