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Monday 5 October 2015

Westlife's Kian Egan claims I'm A Celebrity jungle crown

Published 09/12/2013

Kian Egan has been crowned king of the jungle
Kian Egan has been crowned king of the jungle

Westlife singer Kian Egan has been crowned king of the jungle on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

He triumphed over fashion designer David Emanuel, who said he "thoroughly deserves it". As he took his seat on the jungle throne, with his campmates looking on, Egan said they had all earned a piece of the crown. "I don't know what to say," he said, a dding: "It's been such a team effort. Everybody in here is a king and queen."

Emanuel said: "He's a great guy. He thoroughly deserves it."

Before hosts Ant and Dec announced the winner of the ITV show last night, the finalists reflected on their experiences.

The former boyband star said: "It was probably one of the best three weeks of my life. I'd highly recommend it to anyone to do."

Egan described the fish eye he had to eat in the final bush tucker trial as "probably the worst thing I've ever encountered".

Looking back at his highlights on the show, Emanuel said: "That's bizarre. It's like a dream."

The professed fan of the finer things in life said he was pleased with how he dealt with his time roughing it. "I was, kind of, dare I say it, impressed with myself," he said.

Emanuel said this time last year he was recovering from surgery for prostate cancer and said he thought if he could conquer that he may be able to conquer the jungle.

The 2013 finalists had one last feast together before their adventure came to an end. They had to do a final bush tucker trial to win their final evening meal.

Egan was given "tap-ass" for starter - Ostrich anus in a tapas dish with some dressing. "It looks like chicken, tastes like chicken. It's all right," he said.

Emanuel was given "cock au vin" for his main course - a pig's penis floating in a casserole.

They both successfully completed the trial and were rewarded with a feast of delights including smoked salmon, steak, pizza, and Eton mess.

Egan compared his own popularity with that of reality TV personality Joey Essex, and said getting to the final was "way beyond my expectations".

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