By William Hill
Last Updated: 2nd December 2019
“She’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met,” says James Haskell as the camp adds in agreement.
Adele Roberts’ presence on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! was sorely missed by her fellow contestants after the Radio 1 DJ was the first celebrity to be eliminated by the public. Having survived a full fortnight, she faced eviction after failing to win immunity in a Bushtucker trial.
Sunday night’s casualty, Andrew Maxwell, left in a similarly dignified manner, continuing to dish out cheesy punchlines in a tone that’s impossible not to love as he sipped the customary glass of consolation bubbly.
But who’s got what it takes to go all the way? We check out how the market has reacted to the week’s events, as well as the odds on offer for the next elimination.
Watching the former Arsenal striker cook an ostrich egg is sure to have softened even the harshest of viewers, so its no surprise that Wright’s odds have been shortened from 33/1 last week to win to 28/1. Braving the ‘Hellevator’ challenge also helped his chances, but despite a strong Bushtucker performance Wright is still a long shot for the crown.
Wright’s infamous mood swings showed no signs of abating on Sunday night (“there’s nothing to be jolly about”), and even a touching “love you” between himself and Haskell did little to improve his poor standing with the general public.
After having the enticing prospect of a return home snatched away, Wright was forced into another Bushtucker trial by the show’s seemingly unforgiving viewers. His emotional plea to be spared yet another trial is likely to have the opposite effect.
Haskell is clinging on by the skin of his teeth after angry exchanges with Caitlyn Jenner and Cliff Parisi saw him become the odds-on favourite to be eliminated on Sunday night. The former England forward’s support in the market has drifted to 50/1 to win after his spoilt reaction to campmates’ uncertainty on a Dingo Dollar question.
Describing himself as “too intelligent” for the jungle is unlikely to endear the rugby star to the show’s audience. “James hates dithering,” observed Maxwell when reflecting on the other contestants. That may be so, but if Haskell wants to win the show, he’ll need to get better at reacting to it.
Although her odds of doing so have declined, Jenner remains a leading contender to claim glory in the final. A genuine and eye-opening conversation about her transition with Kate Garraway was somewhat tarnished by insensitive comments about the TV presenter’s looks.
The tense interaction hasn’t had a major impact on Jenner’s frontrunner status, though, as her odds of becoming champion stay at a relatively short 8/1. Only favourite Andrew Whyment at 5/4 and Roman Kemp at 7/4 are better fancied, though Caitlyn’s superior odds seem more appealing currently.
The next elimination
At 4/7, Parisi is the odds-on favourite to be eliminated next after struggling to make his mark in the jungle so far, while Haskell’s unsavoury clashes with fellow contestants have made him a strong contender to be next out the door at 9/4. Nadine Coyle’s complaints of a bad night’s sleep (in spite of the fact Haskell generously gave up his bed for her) have seen her chances of elimination shoot up dramatically, currently at 9/1, ahead of Wright at 10/1.