I’m A Celebrity day 17: Ferne McCann basically wins after snake-filled Bushtucker terror

No one else deserves to be crowned champ now, right?

Someone needs to give The Only Way Is Essex star Ferne McCann all the stars ever after enduring the – and I quote Ant and Dec on this – “scariest trial ever done”. And in the land of I’m A Celebrity, that’s saying something.

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Ferne had skipped over to the trial clearing admitting she’d “rather be in a pit covered in snakes and spiders than listen to them bicker and moan” after Lady Cursealot and Tony I-must-have-the-last-word Hadley had yet another row. And, well, that’s exactly what she got.

Panic Pit, so aptly titled, saw Ferne head underground where she was strapped in, buried under a pile of dirt and told to sit tight for eight minutes while more than forty pythons and two jumbo carpet pythons were dropped in on her. That’s no typo my friends, forty-two snakes worked their way around Ferne’s body as she endured eight minutes underground. That’s just shy of the length of Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell for the music lovers out there.

In an unexpected twist, it was Ferne bringing the comedy as Ant and Dec struggled to contain their shock. “It’s around my neck, I’m doing a Britney Spears guys,” Ferne managed to squeal out as a snake happily wound its way around her throat. No big deal. Who hasn’t had a Wednesday evening with a python round their neck, right?

Dec couldn’t even respond when Ferne asked whether he could have endured it, later admitting, “I didn’t answer because it was probably no.”

Honestly, it’s a wonder Kiosk Keith didn’t smash his way through the bushes and propose marriage there and then. Apologies if there’s already a Mrs Kiosk Keith, but wow, what a woman. I bargain plenty of votes have flooded her way after that and a worthy champ she’d be. 

Meanwhile in camp, Lady C upped and left (she explains more here), Vicky Pattison and George Shelley succeeded in the Dingo Dollar challenge only for the camp to get the question wrong again (Kieron Dyer has decided Kiosk Kieth is a “prick”) and Tony Hadley – free of the withering stare of Lady C – scooped up a hairbrush to serenade a sobbing camp with Spandau Ballet track Gold after they all received letters from home.

Aside from Ferne’s triumph – and the news that ‘silky chicken’ is actually worth a try – Kieron summed up the mood in these final few days of camp life by continuously banging his head against the vending machine window. Bear Grylls eat your heart out.

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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues tomorrow night at 8:30pm on ITV