Nigel Farage’s first I’m A Celebrity trial is REVEALED: Ex-UKIP leader teams up with nemesis Nella Rose after fears he would be exempt
Nigel Farage has already been covered in gunge for his first I’m A Celebrity Bushtucker trial.
The ex-UKIP leader, 59, was seen sporting a pair of goggles while being submerged in filthy barrels of mud and muck.
It is his first gruelling trial in the jungle challenge show – which is set to kick off on ITV tonight as the celebrities enter camp for the first time.
Farage joined YouTuber Nella Rose and This Morning presenter Josie Gibson for a desert-based task after he was given immunity from the skydiving challenge.
His past injuries have led to speculation he would be exempt from many of the show’s Bushtucker trials.
Getting stuck in! Nigel Farage has already been covered in gunge for his first I’m A Celebrity bushtucker trial
Gross: The ex-UKIP leader, 59, was seen sporting a pair of goggles while being submerged in filthy barrels of mud and muck
Nigel’s pink shirt was splattered with splotches of mud as he and Nella hunted through the dirt.
Revealing his limitations in the jungle beforehand, Mr Farage told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Well, anything involving weight lifting, I’d be out because I’ve obviously had some quite serious physical injuries and neck reconstructions and goodness knows what else.’
Instead of jumping out of the plane like campmates have in previous years, Farage was sent to take part in the desert challenge with Josie and Nella.
Mr Farage underwent a major spinal operation following the accident 13 years ago when his light aircraft, towing a Vote Ukip banner that accidentally wrapped around the tail and rudder during the flight, nosedived to the ground, injuring him and the pilot.
He previously said he closed his eyes, not expecting to see anything ever again before he felt a series of hard blows to his body as the aircraft took the full impact and the engine fell apart.
After being taken to hospital, a scan showed he had a punctured lung, two chipped vertebrae, a fractured sternum and several fractured ribs.
This led to the star needing major surgery several years later on back and neck injuries he sustained in the accident.
His car accident occurred in 1985 when he was hit by a Volkswagen Beetle while on a pelican crossing.
Nemesis: Farage teams up with YouTuber Nella Rose for the first trial of the series
Gross: Farage showed he was willing to get stuck in as he went for the challenge
Teaming up: The duo are forced to root through a tub of muck
The outspoken pair – both popular with Generation Z on TikTok – have opposing views when it comes to politics, with viewers predicting one of the biggest feuds ever on the ITV show.
Fans have told of their excitement at the two coming to blows on social media.
One wrote: ‘Nella Rose and Nigel Farage interacting is going to be CRAZY,’ while another comment reads: ‘I never watch I’m a celeb but I’m watching it this year just for this.’
Another fan wrote: ‘Nella and Nigel living together, this is going to be so funny, she’s gonna destroy him lol.’
‘Sitting back to watch, this is going to be interesting,’ added another.
Farage has a long history of campaigning for Brexit and anti-immigration laws while Nella herself immigrated to the UK from Belgium at the age of seven and is of Congolese descent.
The YouTube sensation rose to fame when she began posting videos on the platform with her friends discussing topics such as ‘Growing up in an African household’ and ‘Things girls do that boys don’t like’.
Her charisma has earned her 750,000 YouTube subscribers with 81 million views and close to 1 million Instagram followers alongside hosting MTV’s show Catfish among other high-profile hosting gigs.
Controversial: The former Ukip leader and Brexit Party founder will be paid a staggering £1.5million for his time in the jungle
Mucky: Nigel’s pink shirt was splattered with splotches of mud
Hunt: Nigel and Nella stuck their heads through holes in a dodgy-looking van, while Josie continued to look through the barrels
Kicking off: Nella and Nigel have been predicted to come to blows – but appeared to be working well as a team
Set to attract a younger audience, the beauty content creator will be a clear favourite as countless fans on TikTok are flooding I’m a Celebrity videos with cries of ‘Nella Rose for the win’.
Meanwhile, Nigel Farage has drummed up his own set of followers on the social media app – popular among Generation Z – with many hailing him the ‘Goat’.
In 2013, Farage revealed that he had an operation, saying he had ‘a couple of discs removed from my neck and replaced,’ though his neck was already weak from the car crash.
In 2016 Mr Farage was involved in a high-speed road accident while driving home from Brussels.
Initially Mr Farage suspected his car had been tampered with but a mechanic later quashed these claims and revealed it was the result of poor repair work.
In his 20s he also defeated cancer – leading to an operation in 1986 to remove his left testicle.
Nigel is reportedly being paid a staggering £1.5 million — three times the highest fee so far paid to a celebrity in the show’s 21-year history.
I’m A Celebrity kicks off on Sunday night at 9pm on ITV.
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.
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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!
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