A dozen celebrities travelled to Australia for the latest season of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! at the start of the month, with hosts Ant and Dec back to taunt the celebs as they scream their way through gruelling Bushtucker Trials.
Olivia Attwood became the first to leave the show after doctors told her she couldn’t continue on medical grounds, with many more eliminated over the coming weeks. Now, going into the semi-final, only four celebrities remain: footballer Jill Scott, politician Matt Hancock, rugby player Mike Tindall, and actor Owen Warner.
Here’s your guide to who the bookmakers think are most likely to win this year’s I’m A Celebrity.
Who is the favourite to win I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!?
This is the full list of how the remaining celebrities currently rank. As of 26 November - going into the semi-final! - Lioness Jill Scott is the bookies’ favourite to win, and has been since 10 November. OddsChecker, which compares odds from 24 leading UK bookmakers, determines the likelihood of a contestant to win the show based on how famous they are and whether they are likeable or Matt Hancock.
- Jill Scott - 2/9
- Matt Hancock - 5/1
- Owen Warner - 16/1
This is how the celebrities ranked at the beginning of the series - with many of them going on to perform better than expected by the bookies.
- Jill Scott - 7/4
- Mike Tindall - 3/1
- Chris Moyles - 5/1
- Owen Warner - 8/1
- Babatunde Aleshe - 10/1
- Matt Hancock - 12/1
- Boy George - 16/1
- Seann Walsh - 18/1
- Sue Cleaver - 33/1
- Scarlette Douglas - 40/1
- Charlene White - 50/1
Could Matt Hancock win I’m a Celebrity 2022?
Matt Hancock, who made headlines for his surprise announcement that he would be entering the jungle (and lost the Conservative Party whip as a result), didn’t initially look likely to win the competition. When he entered the jungle, Hancock was the ninth favourite out of 12 - but going into the final he’s one of the last three celebs remaining. OddsChecker currently have Hancock as the second most likely to win the competition overall.
Hancock’s exact fee for the show isn’t known but has been estimated to be around £350,000. And it might be some small comfort to the former health secretary that although he probably won’t win the show, he is the bookies’ favourite in another area - he is expected to break the record for most bushtucker trials done by one celebrity. Bookies expect the public to vote for him to do as many trials as possible as a way of punishing him for his behaviour whilst serving in the cabinet during the Covid-19 pandemic.
For those who have forgotten, among Hancock’s mistakes was a social distance busting affair with his aide, the catastrophic bungling of public safety when untested patients were discharged into care homes early into the pandemic, and an appearance on Good Morning Britain in which some viewers claimed he had pretended to cry.
Whilst it is likely that Hancock will be facing a lot of trials during his time in the jungle - the record to beat is eight, set by former model Janice Dickinson during her stint on the show in 2007. Music producer Naughty Boy completed seven trials in 2021, and nutritionist Gillian McKeith infamously took part in six trials in 2010 - including one which saw her faint before the trial had even begun.
When is I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here on TV?
Season 22 of I’m a Celebrity will premiere on Sunday 6 November on ITV at 9pm - the first episode will be 1hr 45mins long. Episodes will air nightly on ITV from 9pm.
Episodes will also be available to watch on the ITV Hub shortly after they are first broadcast.