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I’m a Celebrity 2018 odds: who is favourite to win?

Harry Redknapp, Fleur East and Emily Atack are frontrunners going into the final week

Jungle Emperor Noel Edmonds became the first contestant to be axed from this year’s I’m a Celebrity... Get me Out of Here! after receiving the fewest votes from the public.

The former Deal or No Deal host was reportedly the highest-paid celebrity to appear on the show, but lasted less than two weeks. He was quickly followed out of the jungle by Hollyoaks star Malique Thompson-Dwyer and Coronation Street actress Sair Khan.

Tonight will see another contestant voted off the show, with Rita Simons, Anne Hegerty or Nick Knowles most likely to get the chop, according to the bookmakers.

As the show enters its final week, who are the frontrunners to be crowned King or Queen of the Jungle?

Harry Redknapp – 4/6

The former Tottenham and West Ham manager, who is reportedly set to earn £100,000 for his stint on ITV, has maintained his position as frontrunner since entering the jungle.

Before the show, a close friend predicted: “Harry is never anything less than good value. He’s had a long, interesting career and knows a lot of famous people. He’ll be fun to watch.”

It appears the public agrees.

Fleur East – 11/4

The singer, who came runner-up on The X Factor in 2014, has scored a new record deal and hopes to use the show to re-launch her music career.

Speaking before entering the jungle, she said: “Every time I think about it, I get butterflies in my stomach. I have been in denial that I am going in. I have never done anything like this before and neither have I ever camped or slept outside.”

But she has overcome her initial nervousness and seen her odds on winning slashed over the past week.

Emily Atack – 9/1

The Inbetweeners star, who is related to Beatles legend Paul McCartney, has been back in the headlines recently after being romantically linked with Strictly Come Dancing contestant Seann Walsh.

Her panic over jumping out of a helicopter on the first day won over viewers, making her an early frontrunner and she has since cemented her place as a fan favourite.

John Barrowman – 12/1

Best known for his roles in Doctor Who and spin-off Torchwood, the American actor and singer admitted he has a phobia of confined spaces, jumping out of planes and shellfish. While not the best preparation for a stint down under, his legion of fans appear to have kept him in with a shot.

James McVey – 20/1

The Vamps guitarist has been a lifelong fan of I’m a Celebrity, so much so he agreed to miss a large part of his band’s South American tour to take part.

When asked if his fans would be disappointed in him for swapping the stage for small screen, McVey said: “I think they will find it hilarious. I’ve wanted to do this for years and now I am.”

Nick Knowles – 28/1

Knowles is no stranger to television, having presented a range of shows such as Real Rescues, DIY SOS and Who Dares Wins since the mid-1990s.

He is said to be “one of the most expensive signings to date as producers dug deep in ITV’s pockets to secure him”, reports the Daily Mirror.

While in the early running, his star has waned and he could be set for a shock exit tonight.

Anne Hegerty – 40/1

Hegerty made her name on hit ITV gameshow The Chase, where she plays the role of fierce brainbox The Governess.

In 2016 she watched fellow campmate Redknapp crash out of a charity episode of the game show over a question about football. But there could be a role reversal tonight, as she is second favourite to leave the jungle.

Rita Simons – 50/1

The former Eastenders star - and niece of Alan Sugar – is currently 5/4 favourite to be eliminated tonight.

That represents a probability of more than 40% that she will leave this evening, and “comes after she received criticism online for her reaction to yesterday’s Bushtucker Trial”, says the Daily Express.

Simons is also the most-betted on contestant, with nearly a third of all votes for the soap star to leave, according to betting aggregate site Oddschecker.


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