I’m A Celebrity’s Dannielle Harold wins 10 stars with Josie Gibson in Down The Tubes Bushtucker Trial after stepping in for Grace Dent who quit jungle on ‘medical grounds’
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Danielle Harold made a success of her very first Bushtucker Trial during Monday’s episode of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! after she stepped in to cover for Grace Dent who left the show due to medical reasons.
Food critic Grace, 50, had sparked concerns among viewers with her ‘unwell’ appearance, with a show spokesperson confirming on Monday that Grace left the jungle on ‘medical grounds’.
Grace had been voted along with This Morning host Josie Gibson, 38, to take part in the Down The Tubes trial by the viewing public.
However, it was Josie Josie and former EastEnders actress Danielle, 31, who arrived at the clearing for the challenge, with the pair eventually winning an impressive 10 stars.
Show host Ant McPartlin said: ‘Danielle, as you know, Grace was unable to take part and as you had the next highest number of votes we’ve got you down here as a last minute substitute.
Champ: Danielle Harold made a success of her very first Bushtucker Trial during Monday’s episode of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! (Danielle, right, pictured with Josie Gibson)
All change: Dannielle stepped in to cover for Grace Dent (pictured) who left the show due to medical reasons
‘Do you feel OK about it? Is it better that you haven’t had a long time to prepare?’
Danielle said: ‘I think so, the shock might help a little bit and I’m glad I’m here with my Josie.’
Josie said: ‘I’m glad I’m here with my Tinkerbell.’
Former Big Brother star Josie added: ‘I’ve come here and said I’d give it my all and that’s what I’m going to do.’
Host Declan Donnelly explained: ‘This is Down The Tubes. You’ll each be strapped into one of these giant tubes, suspended high above the valley floor.
‘One of you will be inside the red tube that contains 10 coloured stars.
‘What you have to do is unlock the stars and then throw them to the celebrity that is in the blue tube, who will unlock their matching coloured box and place the star inside.
‘If a star drops to the valley, it’s gone, you’ve lost it. That’s for the first 10 stars.’
Good work: It was Josie Josie and former EastEnders actress Danielle, 31, who arrived at the clearing for the challenge, with the pair eventually winning an impressive 10 stars
Challenge: Host Dec said: ‘You’ll be strapped into one of these giant tubes, suspended high above the valley floor. ‘One of you will be inside the red tube that contains 10 coloured stars’
Game: Dec continued: ‘What you have to do is unlock the stars and then throw them to the celebrity that is in the blue tube’
Ant then explained that for their final two stars they would have to untie a star and prepare to be dropped from their box.
He said: ‘All you’ve got to do to win the star is keep hold of it. There are 12 stars available and you’ve got 12 minutes to do it.’
Dec continued to the campmates: ‘You don’t have to do the Trial. You can go back to camp, but you will go back empty handed.’
Danielle insisted: ‘That’s not an option…. no chance.’
The pair agreed on their roles with Danielle saying: ‘I’m a good catcher,’ and Josie saying: ‘I’m a good throw!’
With both in their boxes, Ant said: ‘Before we start, I think you need some company in there with you.’
As critters were added to each, Danielle replied: ‘Yep, great…’
Danielle said: ‘I promise it’s OK! Josie, I love you, it’s OK. Remember they’re just little bugs.’
Creepy crawlies: With both in their boxes, Ant said: ‘Before we start, I think you need some company in there with you.’ As critters were added to each, Danielle replied: ‘Yep, great…’
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As things got going and they secured their first star, Dec shouted up: ‘Good throw, good catch!’
Josie then dropped the white ball, before getting the brown one over safely.
More critters were dropped in as Danielle encouraged Josie: ‘Stay focussed it’s the same stuff.’
Ant shouted up: ‘Josie, don’t think about that. Just keep doing what you’re doing, you’re doing really well.’
Presenter Ant added: ‘It’s a simple game of catch.’
Dec added: ‘Simple…’
Josie threw one too far as Ant confirmed: ‘That’s two in the valley!’
As they continued to throw the balls across to each other, Ant said: ‘It’s like watching penalties, I can’t watch…’
At the end, they both untied their remaining big star and pressed their red buttons, resulting in them both dropping on harnesses from their respective boxes.
Both continued to clutch their stars, meaning they counted towards their final 10-star haul.
Josie admitted: ‘I cannot believe I did that.’
Danielle said: ‘I’m so proud of you.’
Josie said of her campmate: ‘Danielle is a golden nugget in life. You’ve got to look after your golden nuggets in life. I’m so happy that Danielle was there with me.’
Dec confirmed: ‘There was two that got away, but you managed to lock eight in the box plus the two that you held onto when you dropped out, that makes a grand total of 10 stars.’
It comes after Grace quit I’m A Celebrity after ‘losing all her energy’ in camp and reaching breaking point as she faced the prospect of doing another Bushtucker Trial.
She had sparked concerns among viewers with her ‘unwell’ appearance, with a show spokesperson confirming on Monday that Grace left the jungle on ‘medical grounds.’
An insider has since revealed to MailOnline that the decision to leave was mutually decided between Grace and show bosses, who had intervened after seeing her visible deterioration in camp.
Stars in their eyes: The pair won a total of 10 stars which were exchanged for food for the camp
A source close to the MasterChef star revealed: ‘Grace decided to leave the jungle soon after it was announced that she would be doing the latest Bushtucker Trial.
‘Knowing that she would be facing another tough challenge was the straw that broke the camel’s back.’
They continued: ‘It was mutually agreed upon that she would stand down from the competition, it was clear that she wasn’t being herself, she had lost all energy when usually she’s witty and fun to be around.
‘ITV’s duty of care and welfare teams had stepped in, and rightly so.
‘She had struggled since living in the camp with less amenities, the weather this year has been particularly miserable and as a restaurant critic, not eating well proved to be harder than she could have ever imagined.
‘Grace is looking forward to seeing her loved ones now and after a few days of rest and recovery will be fine.’
Grace has struggled since kicking off her journey filming the Pole Position trial on Friday, November 24 and last week threatened to quit the show.
Unwell: Grace Dent quit I’m A Celebrity after ‘losing all her energy’ in camp and reaching breaking point as she faced the prospect of doing another Bushtucker Trial (pictured on Sunday’s show)
An ITV statement read: ‘Unfortunately Grace Dent has left the show on medical grounds. She has been a great campmate and will be missed by her fellow celebrities and viewers alike’ (Grace is pictured just before entering camp with her trademark red lipstick)
Concern: Fans claimed they didn’t even recognise the usual bubbly and glam MasterChef star (pictured left on Friday’s show and right on MasterChef in 2021)
ITV confirmed her departure on Monday morning with a statement that read: ‘Unfortunately Grace Dent has left the show on medical grounds. She has been a great campmate and will be missed by her fellow celebrities and viewers alike.’
Grace’s shock jungle exit comes after fans took to social media to share their worries about her appearance, with one claiming they didn’t even recognise the usual bubbly and glam MasterChef star.
The restaurant critic has previously spoken about her strict diet, admitting she ‘has to monitor every day how much food I have to eat for work, how many restaurants I have to go to, just trying to keep a balanced diet.’
Speaking to WalesOnline in weeks before she entered the jungle Grace admitted ‘I don’t think I suit skinny. I look ill right away. I’m quite a curvy, busty type of person.
‘I have to be very careful about what I eat because I put on weight really easily. My family are just those types of people who come from an entire background of women who naturally fit about a size 16-18. Every woman in my family looked like that.’
‘But I know that when I get bigger, I then stop exercising. Once I stop exercising, I start feeling sadder. And then my health goes and I haven’t got enough energy.
‘So, I’ve always been on a health kick since I was nine years old, like almost all women. I have to be very conscious of what I’m eating.’
On the subject of the food in the jungle, Grace admitted even a professional like herself would struggle with a lack of herbs and spices to season food.
Day one: Grace was exuberated when she started her jungle journey, kicking off the show by taking on Pole Position, which involved dangling herself off a 32-storey building
Day seven: Grace was seen on Sunday night’s show looking a far cry from her glamorous self
She said: ‘Everything is filling me with a real sense of dread. But I am especially dreading being really hungry because I tend to eat four or five posh meals out a week because I am a restaurant critic.’
Predicting what was in store for her in the jungle, she continued: ‘I know they are going to give me an eating trial and I am dreading putting even worse things in my mouth than I have in the past in fancy restaurants!
‘I think I will be writing very stiff columns about the jungle food when I come out! Will I cook there? Yes, I am a practical cook but it is not cooking as we know it in the jungle…
‘What makes food is herbs and spices and I am not going to have any ingredients. I don’t know how you are going to make an alligator’s foot taste delicious if there are no spices…
‘I can already imagine the dinner I am going to have the moment I get out. I am going to go to a really fancy restaurant and have something delicious, wearing a lovely dress.’
On her main aim of entering the show, Grace went on: ‘I am just determined to not go out first. And if I can get quite far, I would be really pleased…
‘I don’t want my life to be different when I finish this programme. I don’t want to change anything at all but this is such a great challenge. It’s going to be fun.’
Grace began her jungle journey by taking on Pole Position, which involved dangling herself off a 32-storey building.
Starring role: Grace often appears on various TV shows critiquing people’s plates – you may have seen appear in MasterChef: The Professionals, Celebrity MasterChef, MasterChef UK
Restaurant critic Grace previously said: ‘I don’t think I suit skinny. I look ill right away. I’m quite a curvy, busty type of person’ but admitted ‘when I get bigger, I then stop exercising. Once I stop exercising, I start feeling sadder’
The scenes, filmed last Friday, were aired on Sunday’s launch show, with fans marvelling at her cool and calm composure.
Yet last week she left viewers less than impressed during the first group trial as they claimed she ‘couldn’t give a f***’ about the challenge.
During the trial, which was dubbed the Locker Shocker, Grace appeared unenthusiastic as she moaned she couldn’t find the keys needed to open her locker.
However after watching Grace’s efforts, viewers complained that she was being ‘boring’ because she didn’t even try to make an effort.
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Others speculated that she may have been doing it on purpose in order to avoid taking on the next Bushtucker Trial by pretending she couldn’t be bothered.
She was voted by the public to take part in Friday’s trial, the Touchdown of Terror, and got a bug stuck in her ear as she went head-to-head against Nella Rose.
The food critic took on the YouTuber, 26, in the Touchdown of Terror trial – and it was up to their coaches to choose who would help them get through this gruelling task.
But Nella was unable to cope with the pressure as critters were poured into her helmet – prompting the YouTuber pulled her emergency cord to end her time on the trial.
Grace also raised the alarm, yelling: ‘There’s one in my ear! There’s one in my ear! That’s not nice, I can hear it.’
Following the challenge, Grace was seen by the medic who managed to flush it out, and confirmed it has been removed.
She had earlier confessed to her campmates that she was a ‘scaredy cat’ and confessed to Josie: ‘I’ve had enough. I’ve completely had enough. I just want to go home.’
Former campmate Jake Quickenden discussed Grace’s shock jungle departure on Monday’s episode of Lorraine.
He mused: ‘I think she really struggled from day one.
‘She was surrounded by big characters, maybe she wasn’t expecting that. It is very daunting and overwhelming.
‘It’s been raining a lot there. She would have had support from campmates and would have been called into the Bushtucker Telegraph to make sure you’re okay. So they check in on you.
‘Maybe she got overwhelmed with it all. Maybe getting voted, maybe she thinks oh I’m not liked.’
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! continues Tuesday 28 November 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.
Claim to fame: Champion Jockey
Phobias: I am not sure as I don’t walk across rooftop planks in the middle of the day nor do I have any snakes or rats in the house!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: None. I’ve lived in the public domain for as long as I can remember so I’d hope everyone knows me well.
Role in camp: To have fun with everyone, I am a happy-go- lucky person.
Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp? Travelling. I have spent my whole life at airports and I’ve got to like it!
Best & worst attributes: I am outgoing and I am a fighter. Worst? I can’t sit still and I am impatient.
Dream camper: Robbie Williams would be fun.
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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!
Claim to fame: Former champion boxer
Phobias: Like most normal people, I am scared of almost everything.
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: People will portray me as something I am not because of the profession I have had. I am just a normal person.
Role in camp: I’d like to think I am domesticated so hopefully I can help out.
Best & worst attributes: I do get hangry…who doesn’t! But I am easy going and I get on with everyone.
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