Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Solomon crowned Queen of the Jungle

Stacey Solomon has been crowned Queen of the Jungle after winning I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here

Queen of the jungle Stacey Solomon has been celebrating after winning ITV1's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here.

The 21-year-old Dagenham girl defeated Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder in the final.

Solomon, who finished third in the X Factor last year, won the viewers' phone-in poll on Saturday night after bravely dealing with a 'Bush spa' accompanied by crickets, cockroaches, rhino beetles, spiders and stick insects.

Being presented with the crown by ITV2 presenter Caroline Flack and 2008 King of the Jungle Joe Swash, the single mother apologised for her bad breath, and said: "Thank you so much - I don't know what to say."

The young singer was always the bookies' favourite to triumph in the reality television show. Interviewed before the winner was revealed she told presenters Ant and Dec: "I have had the time of my life."

She said that she got along with all the contestants who included comedian Dom Joly, actor Nigel Havers, TV nutritionist Gillian McKeith and Olympic athlete Linford Christie.

The final day gave Solomon and Ryder a chance to look back over the bug-filled trials they endured during their three weeks in the jungle.

Ryder, 48, stressed he would not be getting in the end of show party spirit.

"I'm Mr Miserable, Mr Party Pooper," he said. "I'm one of those geezers who won't put on a silly hat round the table at Christmas, I'm like gotta do it for the kids but it's just how I am."

As well as being the bookies' favourite, Solomon was popular with other contestants. Comedians Jenny Eclair, Joly and model Kayla Collins all said they wanted the young singer to win the contest.

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