Nigel Farage gives his blistering take on David Cameron’s surprise Cabinet comeback as he delivers one final swipe before entering the Jungle
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He’s both the highest-paid contestant in I’m A Celebrity history and the most highly anticipated as the public brace for Nigel Farage’s device political rhetoric on their screens.
And it appears the former Brexit leader will deliver, as expected, on his inflammatory opinion after he declares the Conservatives to be ‘over’ and brands anyone planning to boycott I’m A Celeb ‘small-minded’ in his final interview before heading into the Jungle.
Speaking to the Mail, Farage – the show’s highest paid contestant ever after netting a staggering £1.5 million to take part – he offered up his strong views on David Cameron’s return to the Cabinet as Foreign Secretary.
He said: ‘I think the David Cameron appointment is probably, if not the final, then perhaps the penultimate nail in the Conservatives election coffin for next year. ‘I mean, the whole thing is over.
‘They are deteriorating very, very rapidly and there is absolutely no chance of them coming back from this.’
Speaking out: Nigel Farafe declares the Conservatives to be ‘over’ and brands anyone planning to boycott I’m A Celeb ‘small-minded’
Making a comeback: Speaking to the Mail, Farage – offered up his strong views on David Cameron’s return to the Cabinet as Foreign Secretary (Cameron pictured on Tuesday)
Meanwhile, the former UKIP leader admits that he decided to take part so he can ‘have another go’ at getting into government.
And he insists he will recreate the political magic that Matt Hancock brought to last year’s series and also pull viewers in.
His statement comes after left-wing fans appealed for viewers to boycott the show over Farage’s signing.
However, hitting back he says he ‘will bring people to the programme, not diminish it.’
Mr Farage added: ‘Anyone who’s a lover of I’m A Celebrity who doesn’t watch it just because I’m on it has got to be an incredibly small-minded person.’
One social media platform that appears to be leaning towards favouring Mr Farage is TikTok – an app favoured by Generation Z – with some youngsters branding him the GOAT an acronym for ‘Greatest of all time’ and pledging to watch the show because of him.
Mr Farage thinks this is because he is plugging the gap left open by a ‘one-sided education system’ which he credits for losing him followers between 23 to 30-year-olds by ‘demonising’ him during the Brexit Referendum years.
He said: ‘I’m talking to them on TikTok [Gen Z] about issues that they probably should be hear-ing from their school teachers and they’re not.
‘I think this sort of, this idea that all our kids, all our youngsters are all lazy, want to live off the state, don’t want to get out of bed in the morning, have no ambition, are all terribly woke.
‘What I’m finding is huge numbers of young people who want to get a good job, want to earn money, want, if they can ever dream of it, to have a house that they can call their own.’
Thoughts: Speaking to the Mail, Farage offered up his strong views on David Cameron ‘s return to the Cabinet as Foreign Secretary
It’s the younger generation that, according to Mr Farage, prompted him to accept the invitation to partake in the show – one that’s been extended on numerous occasions.
He said: ‘I decided to do it this year for three reasons. One, it’s a whole new audience to talk to because a lot of people who watch this show will not be watching Question Time or programs like that. But secondly, it’s actually quite fun to just test yourself.’
I’m A Celebrity will launch on Sunday and the contestants have already been making their way into the Jungle after taking on their terrifying first challenges.
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In a brand new challenge called Pole Position, ITV bosses put a terrifying twist on the classic Walk the Plank challenge, by replacing it with two flimsy flagpoles with the celebrities made to race each other along them 110 metres in the air.
The cast and crew made a lucky escape as moments after the celebs had all safely completed the task – which was to venture out onto the poles pulling with them a star that unwound a flag – a colossal thunderstorm rolled in.
Heavy rain and high winds lashed the flagpoles which protruded out from the side of the Focus building in Surfers Paradise but, despite escaping the storm, some celebs were shaken up by the task.
Visibly petrified, EastEnders actress Danielle Harold, 31, was up first against First Dates’ Fred Sirieix, 51, who came out on top. But ever-the-gentleman, the maitre’d turned to shout words of encouragement to his struggling co-star.
Eventually, the pair were hoisted back onto the roof of the building where Ant and Dec were waiting with ITV’s film crew – Mr McPartlin, 47, was seen giving the frightened Ms Harold a reassuring hug.
Made in Chelsea star Sam Thompson, 31, was also incredibly nervous and tortured himself by looking down over the side of the skyscraper while being interviewed before he took on the challenge.
At one point the radio host turned to his competitor, the food critic Grace Dent, 50, and reassured her that it wasn’t too far down.
Ms Dent went down the ladder first and waited for Mr Thompson at the beginning of the flagpole with a determined look on her face.
Ms Dent gave the reality star a good run for his money and crawled out to the end first, but Mr Thompson just beat her by managing to unhook his star and release the flag as she fumbled with hers.
Mr Thompson, who described himself as a ‘people pleaser’, was heard shouting ‘Go on Grace’ from the pole opposite as the food critic eventually managed to unhook her star and celebrated as she was winched up.
Cheers erupted from the crew on the roof as the 50-year-old stepped back onto land.
Eek! I’m A Celebrity will launch on Sunday and the contestants have already been making their way into the Jungle after taking on their terrifying first challenges
Feeling hot: They may not have had to jump out of planes or walk planks like their fellow I’m A Celeb stars, but Mr Farage and Josie Gibson sweltered in the Australian outback’s red desert
As for the other campmates, they may not have had to jump out of planes or walk planks like their fellow I’m A Celeb co-stars, but Mr Farage and Josie Gibson sweltered in the Australian outback’s red desert.
Along with TikTok sensation Nella Rose, the pair took part in their first challenge – stranded 2000 miles away from their co-stars.
The trio came face to face for the first time ok Thursday after being segregated from one another since they arrived in Australia at the weekend.
They were left isolated in the scorching heat as they battled to win time for their fellow camp mates who are taking part in other challenges such as jumping out of planes and walking tall planks.
I’m A Celebrity kicks off on Sunday night at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX
I’m A Celebrity 2023: Meet the campmates
Claim to fame: Former leader of the UK Independence Party and leader of the Brexit Party.
Phobias: Nobody likes rats, snakes and I am dreading anything to do with heights.
Biggest misconception you want to dispel?: I have been demonised over the years and so it will be nice to show people I am not nasty.
Role in camp: Lead on starting up plenty of campfire discussions.
Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp?: A pint in the pub and the news.
Best & worst attributes: I hope to cheer people up when they are down. Worst? I am impatient and I do snore.
Dream camper: As a controversial political media figure, I never name names… But I am looking forward to meeting interesting people from all different fields
Claim to fame: EastEnders actress.
Phobias: Rats. I hate them!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: I can be a little ditzy at times but I am definitely not a ‘dumb blonde’. I want to show I can do the trials, challenges and get stuck in.
Role in camp: Shoulder to cry on, help others if they are feeling low in camp.
Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp?: Snacking. I am a little muncher and I am going to miss my morning cup of tea, too!
Best & worst attributes: I’d like to think I will be good if people are really struggling. I am not, however, very good at being bored, nor am I a morning person either.
Dream camper: Ed Sheeran. If he brings his guitar into camp, he can sing for us.
Claim to fame: First Dates star.
Phobias: I am scared of everything. I am dying to find out how vile the food will be!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: I don’t think there is anything but I am looking forward to learning more about myself during my time in the camp.
Role in camp: I will definitely muck in with all the jobs. I don’t mind cooking or cleaning the toilets.
Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp? My bed. It’s super comfy. I will also miss a cup of coffee in the morning.
Best & worst attributes: I like to have fun but I do snore and I am impatient!
Dream camper: It’s going to be nice to meet everyone but I’d love to see Dolly Parton, The Rock or Snoop Dog in there.
Claim to fame: YouTuber and Catfish UK star.
Phobias: I am fearful of everything!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle? I am a pretty open book.
Role in camp: Keep the morale and humour high.
Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp? My phone… I am always on it!
Dream camper: Alison Hammond or Adele.
Claim to fame: Hollyoaks star.
Phobias: I am a bit scared of the dark. When you go to the House of Horrors at Halloween and things jump out at you, I am not very good when I can’t see!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: It will be nice to go in as me and not as my Hollyoaks character.
Role in camp: Grafter or chef, I am quite good at cooking. But I’ve never cooked on a fire before. Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp: Football and my creature comforts.
Best & worst attributes: I’d like to think I am a nice person and a good team player. I am not lazy but I do have a few bad habits like picking my nose. My girlfriend has been trying to train me to stop!
Dream camper: Sir Alex Ferguson or Neil Warnock.
JAMIE LYNN SPEARS
Claim to fame: Zoey 101 and Sweet Magnolias star.
Phobias: I am scared of everything.
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: I think this is a nice chance to show who I really am.
Role in camp: Hopefully I will be the one who can support everyone.
Aside from family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp? A normal bathroom, air conditioning and my bed.
Best & worst attributes: I think my best quality is it takes a lot to hurt my feelings; but I am impatient and my family would say I get in a bad mood a lot.
Dream camper: Nicole Kidman, she is my favourite actress in the whole wide world, or Reece Witherspoon.
Claim to fame: Made In Chelsea star and radio presenter.
Phobias: I am not a creepy crawly guy and I hate anyone or anything touching my neck.
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: Since the age of 21, I’ve spent my whole life on TV and so I feel whether people have a good or bad opinion of me, it’s probably warranted!
Role in camp: I’m a ‘yes’ man so cooking, cleaning I will do whatever they want me to do.
Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp?: I know this sounds lame but gaming.
Best & worst attributes: I’d like to think I am the court jester and I don’t take things too seriously, so if anyone is having a bad day I would like to put a smile on their face. Worst? I am quite forgetful and I am bad at focusing on things.
Dream camper: Stephen Fry. I think I would self-combust if he was going in the jungle!
Claim to fame: This Morning presenter.
Phobias: Insects and I freeze every time I see a spider and I am not sure what I am going to do if I am in a trial with them!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: I would like people to know I am very clever at knowing useless information!
Role in camp: Mum. I am very motherly and I also love chatting to people.
Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp?: Getting up to blow dry my hair and putting a bit of make-up on!
Best & worst attributes: I am an optimist and I love meeting people from all walks of life. Worst? I can be quite nosey and I am worried about my temper if I am too hungry.
Dream camper: Dawn French, I love her.
Claim to fame: JLS star.
Phobias: Heights. I have pulled out of a skydive with JLS in the past because I was too scared!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: To show I am not just a member of a boy band. It will be nice for people to learn more about me.
Role in camp: I’d like to think I will be a shoulder to cry on and a mediator.
Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp?: My fantasy football app! I am obsessed with it! Four weeks without music is a long time, too.
Best & worst attributes: I’ve got three children under the age of ten and you definitely need a lot of patience for that! Worst? Rochelle would probably say I get ‘hangry’ if I don’t have enough food.
Dream camper: Paddy McGuinness – I’ve done Soccer Aid with him before and I know he’s funny, he gets stuck in and he is hands on.
Claim to fame: MasterChef star and food critic.
Phobias: Horrible people.
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: People think I am quite forthright and scary but I don’t think I am scary! Hopefully people will see this.
Role in camp: Shoulder to cry on and I am a practical cook so I can help out.
Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp? My three cats and my make-up bag. I love a bit of glamour.
Best & worst attributes: I would like to think I am funny! My worst quality is lack of sleep. I like my sleep.
Dream camper: Queen Camilla. She would be very practical. And Madonna – she could perform tracks from her Greatest Hits tour!
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