Paralympian Kadeena Cox has become the second contestant eliminated from I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
During her 14 days in camp, the four-time Paralympic gold champion completed numerous challenges facing snakes and critters, including one during Monday night’s show before she was eliminated from the ITV series.
Speaking to presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly following her exit, the athlete said she joined the show because she wanted to test herself despite previously confessing she was “scared of everything”.
Cox, who has multiple sclerosis (MS), added: “I thought I’d go in there and try out and see how it is with MS and it was hard.
“I thought it would be a lot easier than what it was and I guess I’ve just learned to deal with my condition at home and there it’s easy for me so I thought ‘Yeah, I’ll be fine, I can show other people with MS and chronic conditions that we can do this’.
“And it was harder than I thought, but I feel like I still showed that even with the trials and tribulations of just life as someone with a chronic condition, you can still crack on and have fun.”
The gold medallist also often took on the role of the camp cook, but this caused tension between her and music producer Naughty Boy at times and the pair previously got into a heated exchange over rice.
However, she bonded with many of her other campmates but revealed that former BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin was her top pick to take the I’m A Celebrity crown as she thought she deserved it after being a mother figure to everyone in the group.
In the show, Cox and Minchin were the contestants to take on trial, with the TV presenter volunteering herself as she felt she would not have properly been on I’m A Celebrity if she left having not done one, while Cox stepped up to the task to “calm the situation down” when the selection process got tense.
During the trial Critter-cal Cages, Cox opted to retrieve keys from the cage containing snakes and pass them to Minchin, who had to lie in another cage which continually filled with more critters every time she unlocked a box with the keys.
The pair worked well together with Cox opening 18 boxes in nine minutes and won all 10 stars with a minute to spare of the trial.
Even after bagging 10 Stars in the Trial, @kad_c is not keen on a hug from bug covered bestie, @louiseminchin.— I'm A Celebrity... (@imacelebrity) December 6, 2021
Do you think this win will be enough to brighten up the mood back at Camp? #ImACeleb pic.twitter.com/mjHEloa3kC
The contestants also became emotional during Monday’s episode after they completed a challenge that unlocked their coveted letters from home.
The famous faces were paired up in the WiFi-themed task where they had to remember a series of six-digit codes and had to recite them back accurately within three guesses in order to unlock the letter for their partner.
After a few close calls and stumbles, French football star David Ginola and EastEnders actor Adam Woodyatt were the only celebrities not to receive their letters due to their partners failing the challenge.
Emmerdale actor Danny Miller was “gutted” when he failed to secure Ginola’s letter for him but Ginola reassured him that it was fine and did not want to see Miller in an emotional state as he said he did not need a letter to know that his girlfriend loved him.
Cox was also tearful after she failed to secure Woodyatt’s letter which he said he was “fine” about as he knew she had wanted to do the best for him.
Later in the day, the campers received their prized letters from home and read them out to each other.
Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Dame Arlene Phillips, who at 78 was the oldest ever contestant to take part in the series, was the first contestant to be eliminated after receiving the fewest public votes on Sunday night.
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues on ITV.