So after adding their name to an illustrious list of past Kings and Queens, we have to ask the question – What do they win, and where are they now?
Read on to find out!
Apart from now knowing they can eat the worst foods imaginable, not much! There’s actually no prize at all, apart from ITV paying out the fee that was agreed to. Although, that’s not the prize the celebs are after. It’s the boost in their careers and adulation of the British voting public which is the real goal.
Winning the first ever title of ‘King of the Jungle’, broadcaster Tony Blackburn has had some (sort of) highs and lows since leaving the jungle. After a dismissal and then return from the BBC, Tony’s shown up periodically in the news, most recently fighting off a bunch of muggers.
A pretty good after-jungle run face Phil Tufnell when he was crowned winner of 2003’s I’m a Celeb. The former cricketer became team captain on They Think It’s All Over, and then moved onto the more successful BBC sports quiz show Question of Sport.
Obviously bit by the reality TV bug, Phil ha made an appearance on Strictly, and often appears on The One Show.
Arguably one of the most successful winners due to her being the iconic face of Iceland Supermarkets, Kerry followed the Tufnall route down the deep dark path of reality superstar-dom. Adding notches to her belt by featuring on Dancing on Ice and Big Brother, She managed to remain a household name since her win.
After her publicised battle with drugs, she made a comeback on a range of talk shows, giving advice and opinions on such programmes as This Morning and Good Morning Britain.
With his trademark nails-down-a-blackboard voice, the comedian has continued with his entertainment and comedy career beyond his victory.
Plenty of offers came in for Joe following his public appearance, such as (again) Dancing on Ice, hosting The Price is Right, and Dancing on Ice: All Stars.
And All Stars is when you KNOW you’ve made it.
In a weird attempt to step out of her famous mother’s shadow, Margret Thatcher’s daughter Carol has faced some controversy since she left the jungle.
Becoming a freelance contributor on the Jungle-winner’s haven The One Show, she made remarks about a black tennis player during the 2009 Australian open, and faced a big public backlash.
Everyone’s favourite pop/rock teenage heart-throb returned to the jungle a year after his win to host a spin-off show with partner Emma Griffths.
Stepping into acting through appearances in EastEnders and Birds of a Feather, even staring in a Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Little Shop of Horrors.
And who can forget his stint in McBusted, with 2011’s Winner Dougie Poynter (although we’ve tried).
A bit like everyone’s eccentric uncle, who seems fun and harmless until he opens his mouth, Biggins has sparked a bunch of controversy since his ’07 win. He was unceremoniously removed from Big Brother in 2016 after just nine days of entering for comments that were “capable of causing great offence to housemates and the viewing public”. Since then he has hosted Leicester Square’s West End Live, and launched a hybrid rose called ‘Olivia’ at the Southport Flower Show.
Since winning Swash has continued his career in the jungle that boosted it, becoming a presenter on the show’s spin-off programme. He also broke a world record for throwing the most pancakes to a partner on The Paul O’Grady Show. So that’s cool.
Celeb Chef Gino has made plenty of tv appearances on TV since his win, presenting a number of cooking shows, most notably as This Morning’s resident chef. He’s also a regular panellist on Celebrity Juice, and has managed to gain that sought-after Iceland gig as passed down from previous winner Kerry Katona.
Some stints in the jungle lead to a few appearances on Dancing on Ice, but for Stacey it has given her a career a pretty fantastic boost. Also becoming the face of Iceland, she went on to present a number of TV shows, and become a panellist on Loose Women.
Fusing McFly and Busted followed Poynter’s victory in the Jungle, with McBusted going on tour and releasing an album to relatively warm reviews.
He has recently joined up with band-mate Tom Fletcher to create a series of children’s books.
Carrying on her role as the villainous Janine Butcher in Soap Opera EastEnders, Brook’s career pretty much stayed the same after her win. So much for scoffing all those bugs for nothing.
The Actress can now be heard narrating Channel 5’s Botched Up Bodies.
Recently Reunited with Westlife ahead of their 2019 tour, Egan has stayed mostly within the musical field (sadly no Iceland Ads in sight). This includes time spent as a coach on The Voice of Ireland, but also branced out to co-host a programme called “Fat Pets: Slimmer of the Year” on ITV.
Apart from a few sparse TV appearances, Foggy has shied away from the spotlight since winning the show, and has done some Charity Work for a local cause.
Another winner who’s career did well after their time in the Jungle, Pattison found further fame through a number of TV appearances. Although after being ridiculed for her presenting skill, these jobs soon dried up.
After her victory she became a Loose Women panellist, and joined the hosting line-up for I’m a Celebrity: Extra Camp. She returned to the Jungle in the Fourth season of the Australian I’m a Celeb, she was evicted after 28 days.
Going from talking about TV to being on it ALL of the time, Scarlett went into a number of hosting roles after her win. These include regular appearances on Saturday Night Takeaway, and I’m a Celeb Extra Camp, to name a few.
Alongside still putting in regular appearances on her magnum opus Made In Chelsea, Georgia also joined This Morning as their roving reporter.
The still-reining King of the Jungle, Harry has had a pretty calm retirement since his win. He is still making some public appearances, such as opening a hotly-anticipated Poole Hospital entrance way. There are still some threats going around that he might release a single ‘Peng Ting Called Sandra’.
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