In an exhilarating conclusion, Sam Thompson, renowned for his role in Made In Chelsea, clinched victory as the jungle king in the latest season of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! The final episode, which aired on Sunday, captivated an average audience of 6.6 million viewers, according to overnight ratings.
Thompson faced formidable competition from boxer Tony Bellew and former UKIP and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage. Despite a slight dip in overnight figures compared to the previous year, consolidated data consistently revealed strong viewership, exceeding eight million per episode, solidifying its standing as one of ITV’s most beloved programs.
The odds-on favorite, Thompson, secured the crown with an impressive 56.6% of the vote, relegating Bellew to the second spot with 43.4%. Farage, boasting the highest reported campmate fee at £1.5 million, secured a respectable third place.
Thompson’s triumph was attributed to his infectious positivity and unwavering spirit, winning the hearts of viewers throughout the season. Confronted with challenges like consuming unconventional items in bushtucker trials, including a pig’s vagina and a camel’s penis, Thompson maintained an upbeat demeanor.
The reality star and DJ, who openly discussed his ADHD diagnosis during the show, expressed profound gratitude for the win, stating, “I’ve dreamt of participating in this show for years, and you’ve just fulfilled a boy’s dream.”
Thompson’s girlfriend, Zara McDermott, shared a jubilant video on Instagram, capturing the moment of his victory.
While Nigel Farage’s supporters aspired to see him emerge victorious, he expressed contentment with his commendable third-place finish. Despite his polarizing political stance, Farage was surprised by the camaraderie among contestants, highlighting the absence of political debates during his stint on the show.
Despite a controversial conversation about immigration that attracted over 800 complaints to Ofcom, Farage reflected on the respect he gained for differing viewpoints and advocated for respectful discourse.
The 2022 season of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! maintained impressive viewership, averaging 8.3 million viewers during the first two weeks. Presenters Ant and Dec recently proposed a hiatus from political figures in future line-ups, following the controversial participation of Matt Hancock and Nigel Farage in recent seasons.