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I’m A Celebrity: Andrew Maxwell ‘narrow favourite’ to be first eliminated




It appears comedian Andrew Maxwell may have got on the public’s nerves as much as his camp-mates’, as he’s the bookmakers’ favourite to be the first contestant voted off by the public in this year’s series.

Maxwell has comfortably been involved in more arguments than anyone else this year, with his behaviour coming across as a little strange at times, albeit entertaining.

At 11/8 to be the first eliminated, Maxwell is narrowly ahead of radio DJ Adele Roberts, who is 6/4.

It’s not been revealed yet when the first elimination will be, but it’s usually the Thursday or Friday of the second week.

And it certainly appears it’ll be a two-horse race between Maxwell and Roberts; the next favourite, former Eastenders actor Cliff Parisi, is a long way back at 8/1.

Maxwell’s rather amusing Australian accent throughout last night’s broadcast Bushtucker Trial, in which he managed to successfully untie and claim ten out of twelve stars which had been placed nearby various animals, doesn’t appear to have improved his chances of staying any longer.

He certainly didn’t help himself with the public or his camp-mates by choosing to take a nap instead of fulfilling his designated duty of washing dishes alongside reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner.

Former football Ian Wright, who had a blazing row with Maxwell earlier in the week, was visibly incensed by Maxwell’s decision.

“It’s amazing, some people are just not cut out for success.

“Don’t go and rest [after the trial], just kick on and do your job,” Wright groaned.

Radio presenter Roman Kemp admitted it was “a bit annoying,” while singer Myles Stephenson sarcastically joked that he was going to have a nap at 8pm instead of cooking.

In tonight’s episode, we’ll see a new camp leader appointed – as voted for by the public – to replace former rugby player James Haskell (about time!), with Haskell and Wright chained together in darkness in a Bushtucker Trial.

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Sports Personality of the Year 2019: Money on ‘Stokes to clinch honour’ after sensational year



Sports Personality of the Year returns this month, with the 2019 winner to be announced on Sunday 15th.

Scottish city Aberdeen will host the awards ceremony for the first time at the new 10,000-capacity P&J Live arena.

Along with the SPOTY award, there are several other categories including Greatest Sporting Moment and World Sport Star of the Year. Also on the list is the Helen Rollason award, the Young SPOTY and Team of the Year. 

And completing the night of honours is the Unsung Hero, Coach of the Year and Team of the Year awards, as well as the Lifetime Achievement award.

But undoubtedly at the top of that long list is the main award, where six nominees will battle it out for the top prize of SPOTY.

And Ben Stokes is the current favourite to secure the honour in 2019 at 1/7. The England cricketer has had an astonishing year, helping his country lift the World Cup in July. Stokes played a key role throughout the tournament, including a starring performance in the dramatic Super Over final win over New Zealand.

He’s followed by Dina Asher-Smith at 10/1. The sprinter broke her own British records to win silver in the 100m and gold in the 200m at the 2019 World Championships. The 23-year-old then helped Team GB and NI secure silver in the 4x100m in Qatar.

Footballer Raheem Sterling is available at 20/1 to win the award.

And rugby player Alun Wyn Jones is currently 22/1 to clinch the honour. 

Sterling was highly commended for his behaviour surrounding racial abuse in football throughout the year. The 24-year-old also helped Manchester City win a second-successive English Premier League title. Sterling was also crucial to the England national team in qualifying for next summer’s Euro 2020 tournament.

Wales rugby captain Jones was named as the best player of the 2019 Six Nations as his country clinched their Grand Slam victory. The lock forward then went on to become Wales’ most-capped player in their 2019 Rugby World Cup meeting with Australia.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is currently 22/1 to win SPOTY 2019, with heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson currently 50/1.

South African rugby captain Siya Kolisi is favourite to win the World Sport Star of the Year award at 4/6. He’s followed by women’s footballer Megan Rapinoe at 5/1.

Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge is currently 6/1, with Tiger woods currently 8/1. Gymnast Simone Biles and cricketer Steve Smith complete the overseas list at 10/1 and 14/1 respectively.

2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas won the award last time out. And it was England Netball who won the Team of the Year. 

England manager Gareth Southgate clinched the Coach of the Year award last time out. And Italian golfer Francesco Molinari was named the World Sport Star of the Year.

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I’m A Celebrity 2019: Andrew Whyment ‘heavily backed’ to be crowned king of the jungle



Saturday night’s episode of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Here! featured fans’ favourite ‘Celebrity Cyclone’ Bushtucker Trial, in which the final four dress up as superheroes aiming to save the day by collecting stars for camp.

Eastenders actress Jacqueline Jossa could not contain her excitement about the prospect:

“I’m really excited about this, I never thought I’d get this far where you can actually do the cyclone,” she revealed.

“This is an iconic moment and I just can’t believe I’m here wearing this luminous orange suit.”

And so the Cyclone began!

A screaming Kate Garraway nervously went first, but the TV presenter showed remarkable resistance in face of the onrushing stream by managing to keep control of her stars in a firm squat position.

Jossa was next to meet Garraway to collect some stars off her, but she could not overpower the onrushing stream and giant balls in order gain any momentum and quickly found herself marooned to the surface.

Jossa’s stars were washed back to the starting point, but with time running out, she managed to find a sprint from no where to get back to her position.

Radio presenter Roman Kemp swiftly scampered and dodged his way to Jossa and onto his position.

Last up was the bookmakers’ favourite to win the show, Coronation Street actor Andrew Whyment, who nonchalantly strolled his way to the top – and subsequent victory for camp – not once, but twice, after a pink-coloured waterfall had knocked him back down to the bottom.

“That was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life, it was unreal,” Kemp told Ant and Dec.

It was an epic watch, too, no doubt, but perhaps even more entertaining was the incredible lizard which joined them later on in camp.

Whyment admitted he had forgotten to clear the bins the night before, with the lizard finding himself a tasty piece of kangaroo tail.

It proceeded to shock camp-mates and viewers alike by dislocating its jaw to eat the tail whole.

Garraway likened it to watching a “scene from Jurassic Park,” while Jossa described it as “ugly and hideous” but admitted she “couldn’t turn away.”

Me neither. Who needs Sir David Attenborough when you’ve got late night reality TV, eh?!

Unfortunately we said goodbye to Garraway later in the episode as it was revealed that Kemp, Jossa and Whyment would be this year’s three finalists.

Whyment is heavily backed to win the show, finding himself odds-on at 1/3 to be crowned king of the jungle on Sunday night’s final.

Jossa is 7/2, with Kemp clearly expected to finish third at 9/1.

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Kate Garraway ‘favourite to leave in fourth-place’ after surprise double elimination



There was a surprise double elimination on Friday night’s episode of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! as Caitlyn Jenner and Nadine Coyle both departed the jungle in sixth and fifth place respectively.

“Can you believe it? We came in together,” Jenner was heard saying to her camp-mates live on air.

It was a fitting end for two women who had given everything during their time in camp.

As Jenner referred to, they’d sky-dived from around 10,000 feet into the jungle together, with Coyle visibly distressed beforehand, and Jenner remaining typically ice-cool.

However, the reality TV star and former Olympic gold medalist revealed in her exit interview that she didn’t think she’d make it beyond the first night.

“I came here to kind of test myself… I knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” the 70-year-old told presenters Ant and Dec.

“The first night I didn’t think I’d make it to the next night. I can’t believe I made it all the way to three weeks.”

Earlier in the episode, we’d seen Roman Kemp and Andrew Whyment win four out of a possible six stars, as well as a cocktail each, in a bruising Bushtucker Trial.

The radio presenter and Coronation Street actor were placed within a rotating framework, which immersed itself beneath water, and were tasked with pairing up two words together.

‘The’ and ‘Body’ was one example, after Ant and Dec had asked for the famous Australian model Elle Macpherson’s nickname.

Kate Garraway, meanwhile, who is the odds-on 1/3 favourite to leave the show in fourth place on Saturday night, admitted she couldn’t help herself thinking about sex on the beach.

Ooh la la! The cocktail, of course.

Either way, that was certainly a less strange admission than revealing she “quite likes” and misses the smell of her husband’s farts.

Although Jacqueline Jossa, who is second-favourite to win the show behind Whyment at 9/2, revealed she loves her husband Dan Osborne’s morning breath.

Whatever floats your boat, eh?!

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