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I'm A Celebrity: Best Bushtucker Trials

The new series of I'm A Celebrity is set to grace our screens as the nation gears up for the return of one of its favourite TV programmes, complete with a fresh all-star cast.

The list of contestants never fails to spark excitement and discussion and with this year’s cast now taking shape, talk can begin as to who will fight off the cocktail of ants, beetles and other critters that lie in store in order to claim the prestigious title.

The worlds of sport, music, politics and, for the first time ever, the monarchy, are represented in this running of the show, which returns to its traditional Australian home after a spell in Wales.

The highlight of the show is undoubtedly the bushtucker trials in which contestants must negotiate a series of obstacle courses, eat animal body parts or down disgusting drinks in a bid to win proper meals for their fellow camp-mates.

The trials often throw up, literally, a wide range of hilarious and disgusting responses so here we take a look at some of the most iconic Bushtucker Trials from down the years.

WhatI'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here
WhenStarts in November
WhereAustralian Jungle
How to watchITV1, ITV2 & ITVX

Catalina Guirado - Series 2

Model and actress Catalina Guirado got into a pond full of crocodiles wearing just a bikini for this terrifying Bushtucker Trial in only the second series of the ITV show.

Six stars in, one of the crocs started to move, prompting a jungle ranger who was armed with a gun to stand by.

As snakes start to seep into the pond too, Catalina somehow manages to get all 10 stars with 30 seconds to spare. She finished in seventh place, with Phil Tufnell taking the crown that year.

Gino D'Campo - Series 9

The Bushtucker Trials are a mixture of fun, skill and torture, but they can offer intriguing glimpses into the different ways fear can manifest. 

Series 9 winner Gino D’Acampo had admitted that spiders were his “worst thing” - so, of course, he was tasked with wearing a transparent helmet that was gradually filled with scuttling arachnids.

Despite his fellow camper Sam Fox begging him to close his eyes, Gino kept them wide open behind his protective goggles, hopping from foot to foot and clutching his hands together like a small boy in need of a wee.

Lady Colin Campbell - Series 15

Lady Colin Campbell certainly brought entertainment to series 15 of I'm A Celebrity.

The author and socialite braved snakes and had her head submerged in water as eels swam around her for the Helmets of Hell bushtucker trial.

She was forced to stop the challenge, but still took nine stars back to the camp. However, Lady C left the jungle four days before the series 15 final "on medical grounds".

Jacqueline Jossa - Series 19

EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa won series 19 of the series, but before going home with the crown she was definitely put through her paces.

Her most memorable bushtucker trial was Stake Out which saw her covered in ants, cockroaches and spiders - one of which ended up in her mouth.

She later revealed one of the spiders - which are her worst fear - actually urinated in her mouth.

Jordan North - Series 20

Radio presenter Jordan North finished as runner-up to Giovanna Fletcher in series 20 despite painting himself as a panic merchant from day one in the show's temporary home of Gwrych Castle in Wales.

North, from York, had to endure a trial which saw him buried in a tank full of snakes with fellow contestant Shane Ritchie and found a novel way to keep calm despite his scary environment.

On the advice of his brother, who told him to go to his happy place, huge Burnley fan North kept shouting "Happy place, happy place, Turf Moor, Turf Moor" throughout the trial.

And it paid off as the pair landed nine meals for their camp.

Sir Mo Farah - Series 20

As a gold medal-winning long-distance runner, Sir Mo is known for his physical stamina and immense discipline, rather than his knack for slapstick comedy - which made the sight of him being physically knocked to the ground by a bucket of rancid tomatoes even more hilarious.

Gibbering with fear as he reached into "hell holes" containing fish guts, lizards, rats and more, the ultra-competitive Olympic champion was disappointed to pick up only 9 stars out of 12 in his first bushtucker trial - even though that meant a solid nine meals for the camp.

Matt Hancock - Series 22

Despite being public enemy number one, MP and former Health Secretary Hancock finished third in Series 22 after facing six consecutive Bushtucker Trials in the Australian jungle.

And for his sixth trial, Hancock landed seven stars after being buried underground for 11 minutes while being joined by a number of critters and insects while trying to retrieve keys in a bid to unlock the stars required to earn meals.

Despite admitting a dislike for snakes, Hancock handled himself particularly well and was beaten only by eventual winner footballer Jill Scott and Hollyoaks actor Owen Warner in the most recent series.

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