Jokey Harry set to win his spurs as jun­gle king

Sunday Express - - THE STATE OF THE NATION - By Ed Gleave

HARRY RED­KNAPP is on course to be crowned King of the Jun­gle af­ter win­ning over camp­mates – and the na­tion.

The ex-Spurs man­ager, 71, has be­come one of the most pop­u­lar stars in I’m A Celebrity his­tory. Book­ies Coral has Harry as red-hot favourite to win at 6/5.

Harry has im­pressed the ITV show’s mil­lions of view­ers with his brav­ery and jokey com­ments.

Last night view­ers cringed as he and “Em­peror” Noel Ed­monds, 69, bat­tled through a stom­achchurn­ing chal­lenge to win a whop­ping 11 stars to bag food for hun­gry fel­low con­tes­tants. The pair held crit­ters, such as beach worms, witch­ety grubs and gi­ant cock­roaches, in their mouths and had to eat a sheep brain and squeeze fish eyes in their mouths.

Harry bravely said be­fore­hand: “We’ve got to get some food for the gang. We can’t leave them to get no food tonight,” adding: “I’ve got to do it. I’ve got the grand­kids watch­ing. I can’t let them down.”

Noel told hosts De­clan Don­nelly and Holly Willoughby be­fore eat­ing brain: “I’m try­ing to en­gage in what I call corneal re­align­ment pro­to­col, C-R-A-P for short. You vi­su­alise some­thing other than what you’re look­ing at, so I’m see­ing a very large wal­nut that will be chewy,” adding, “Any condi­ments?’”

A show source said: “This Bush- tucker Trial is ev­ery­thing you want – epic, funny and you could say the most test­ing trial in I’m A Celeb his­tory. Harry and Noel gave an epic per­for­mance and aced the task.” It meant the group en­joyed a slap-up meal of crocodile meat.

Harry has also im­pressed view­ers with his gen­tle­manly be­hav­iour at the jun­gle shower. When Rita Si­mons and Fleur East asked him to join them he didn’t peek, af­ter­wards say­ing: “There’s only one per­son I want to see in a bikini hav­ing a shower and that’s my wife.”

Harry has struck up a friend­ship with Noel. They worked closely as Em­peror and Ad­viser as part of last week’s Rome-themed task.

Harry told him: “The first day or so I was sit­ting think­ing... ‘I don’t know if I want to be here’. And then you turned up and I never stopped laugh­ing. It’s been great.”

Noel said: “Harry, can I just give you a hug and say, ‘ Mate, it’s been great’.”

Other camp­mates are also big fans of Harry. John Bar­row­man said: “He’s just a good guy, good laugh and all round good per­son.” Emily Atack said: “Noel and Harry have been the most hi­lar­i­ous duo.”

I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! tonight, ITV, 9pm.

CREA­TURE FEA­TURE: Noel, left, and new pal Harry, be­low, bravely put crit­ters in their mouths for stom­achchurn­ingI’m A Celebrity Bush­tucker Trial

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