‘They’re like naughty grandparents!’ I’m A Celeb viewers left giggling over David Ginola’s ‘filthy’ remarks to Arlene Phillips as footballer becomes joint favourite to WIN the series
The Newcastle legend was paired with the ex-Strictly judge during the series opener, to compete against diver Matty Lee and Paralympian Kadeena Cox.
And, I’m A Celebrity viewers were left giggling over David Ginola’s ‘filthy’ remarks to Dame Arlene Phillips, 78, during their first trial, which aired on Sunday evening.
The footballer, 54, has become an instant hit with fans of the show, and is now joint favourite to be crowned King of The Castle, with Frankie Bridge also having the same 4-1 odds to win the series.
Legend! I’m A Celebrity viewers were left giggling over David Ginola’s ‘filthy’ remarks during his first trial, which aired on Sunday evening
While lying on the floor and rummaging around beneath the ground, Arlene explained: ‘I can’t find a hole… listen that’s the tool banging on your wall.
‘Okay so there must be a hole in the wall,’ mused David, to which Arlene responded: ‘I know but I can’t find a hole… Arghhh now I’ve dropped the b***dy tool!’
After struggling for a moment, she told him: ‘I’ve found the hole, hang on, I’ve lost it again!’
‘I’ve got my finger in the hole!’ announced David, leaving both he and Arlene in stitches, much to the amusement of viewers.
‘Naughty grandparents!’ The Newcastle legend was paired with ex-Strictly judge Dame Arlene Phillips, 78, during the series opener
Finger in the hole! While lying on the floor and rummaging around beneath the ground, Arlene explained: ‘I can’t find a hole’ to which David told her: ‘I’ve got my finger in the hole!’
Come on Arlene! Ginola then broke into song, belting out: ‘Come on Arlene’ to the tune of Dexys Midnight Runners’ hit track Come on Eileen
‘I can’t find that hole. I touched it a minute ago!’ raged the infuriated Strictly star, leaving Ginola to encourage her by saying: ‘Come on!’
He then broke into song, belting out: ‘Come on Arlene’ to the tune of Dexys Midnight Runners’ hit track Come on Eileen.
Following the series opener, David rose to joint 4-1 favourite to win I’m A Celebrity, with William Hill giving him the same odds as Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge.
The former footballer started the evening on 11-2 and is now priced at 4-1, with fans on social media quick to heap praise on the Frenchman.
Team Ginola! The former footballer started the evening on 11-2 and is now priced at 4-1, with fans on social media quick to heap praise on the Frenchman
Taking to social media, one viewer stated: ‘David Ginola singing ‘Come On Arlene’ while giggling like a child about putting his finger in a hole has guaranteed him a spot in the #ImACeleb finals.’
Another person tweeted: ”I’ve got my finger in the hole’ Line of the night, David’ while someone else laughed: ‘Ginola has his finger in a hole.’
‘So David has his finger in Arlene’s hole ‘Oh Matron’ #imaceleb,’ wrote one viewer with another tweeting: ‘David Ginola is so funny. ‘I have my finger in the Hole’.’
One fan of the show asserted: ‘The David Ginola and Arlene Phillips filth is already giving me life.’
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I’m A Celebrity 2021 Line-up
CLAIM TO FAME: Broadcaster & ex BBC Breakfast Host
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: It’s nice to be able to show the fun side of me rather than the serious news presenter.
PHOBIAS: The idea of small, enclosed spaces with cockroaches and spiders is horrific!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will give out hugs and make the food more edible!
MISS MOST: My comfortable bed and lovely bath.
DREAM CAMPER: Angelina Jolie and Daniel Craig – we wouldn’t have a problem getting stars if he were in the Castle.
CLAIM TO FAME: Olympic Gold Medallist
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People always see me as very composed and serious on the diving board. This will be a nice opportunity to let people get to know me better.
PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I don’t mind helping out with cleaning.
MISS MOST: My bed!
DREAM CAMPER: Ed Sheeran and Will Smith
CLAIM TO FAME: Radio 1Xtra DJ
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People know me as a very bubbly person but when I am outside of my comfort zone, I can be shy.
PHOBIAS: Bugs, heights and I’m claustrophobic.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I love twerking on a Friday night and I’m going to teach everyone how to do it in the Castle!
MISS MOST: My cat and lip gloss.
DREAM CAMPER: Jim Carrey and Big Narstie.
CLAIM TO FAME: TV presenter and journalist
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: Nothing. I don’t worry about what people think.
PHOBIAS: Heights. I’m not sure how I will feel if I have to walk across a plank very high up!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Cook and interviewer. I love finding out about people’s lives.
MISS MOST: Aside from Judy and my family, not knowing what is happening in the news. I am a news junkie.
DREAM CAMPER: The late Jimmy Greaves. I would have loved to chat about goal scoring in the Castle with him.
DAME ARLENE PHILLIPS, DBE
DAME ARLENE PHILLIPS, DBE
CLAIM TO FAME: Choreographer
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People don’t really know the real me at home and I’d like to show people the motherly side, the side my family sees.
PHOBIAS: I am hoping I will overcome my fears to take part in the Trials!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and to organise some fun dance routines!
MISS MOST: My notepad and pencil –I am known for always having to write down ideas.
DREAM CAMPER: Giovanna Fletcher –she is such a lovely, warm person.
CLAIM TO FAME: Producer
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People don’t know the real me and I want everyone to get to know me.
PHOBIAS: Confined spaces and heights but I want to give the Trials a go to bring back some stars.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Castle chef and someone who everyone can confide in.
MISS MOST: My mum. I live with her and it’s going to be hard being away from her.
DREAM CAMPER: Sir Elton John would be amazing.
KADEENA COX, MBE
KADEENA COX, MBE
CLAIM TO FAME: Paralympic Gold Medallist
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: Great to be able to show people with all disabilities they can try different things in life.
PHOBIAS: Snakes, rats, spiders, heights – everything!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Chef – so long as there isn’t too much pressure to make the food interesting!
MISS MOST: TikTok, my mum and dog.
DREAM CAMPER: Thierry Henry –I love watching Arsenal play.
CLAIM TO FAME: Football legend
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: None because I never hide behind a false image. What you see is what you get.
PHOBIAS: I am going to tell you when I am in the Castle!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Chef. I enjoy cooking at home and I will be hoping to add some garlic and rosemary to the food.
MISS MOST: My partner and my little girl. It’s going to be tough.
CLAIM TO FAME: The Saturdays star
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People think if you are in a pop group, you lead a glamorous lifestyle and won’t get stuck in, but I’m determined to muck in with all the chores.
PHOBIAS: Spiders, rats and confined spaces scare me.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: The serial hugger.
MISS MOST: Wayne and my boys.
DREAM CAMPER: Larry Lamb or a father figure type.
CLAIM TO FAME: Emmerdale actor
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: None but I would like to show everyone what I am like in real life rather than my soap character, Aaron Dingle.
PHOBIAS: I am absolutely dreading the eating Trials! I fear I will gag!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: A shoulder to cry on and a person everyone can come to if they have a problem.
MISS MOST: My fiancée, Steph, and our new baby.
DREAM CAMPER: Fred Sirieix or any ex football player. I won’t be able to leave them alone asking lots of questions!
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