I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! is gearing up for another season down under as the 2023 cast make their final preparations before entering the jungle.

From the show's first series in 2002, the show has seen a number of high-profile campmates including royalty, soap stars and reality legends alike. It has also relaunched the careers of several famous faces including comedienne Emily Atack and presenter Joel Dommett.

But as well as these famous faces, ITV bosses have regularly been pulled up by the public as they sign some rather outspoken contestants. Some of the campmates to join the line-up have caused incredible stirs before going on the show – turning public opinion against them from the get go.

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So, as the new set of campmates gear up to enter the jungle for the latest series of the show, Daily Star delves into some of the most controversial contestants to set foot in camp.

Matt Hancock

Former Health Secretary and Conservative minister Matt Hancock controversially joined the show's line-up in 2022. The politician had caused a stir when he was fired from his role after having an affair with his colleague.

But fans of the show were not happy with his inclusion in the wake of his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of the other contestants – including broadcaster Charlene White – were less than impressed to see him in the jungle, which he claimed he was doing to raise awareness of dyslexia.

Matt was voted by the public to do a total of five trials throughout his stay in the jungle. He went on to leave camp in third place, behind eventual winner, Lioness Jill Scott.

Katie Price

Former glamour model and businesswoman Katie Price made history after going into the jungle two times. Having first met future husband Peter Andre on her first stint in Australia, Katie made a dramatic return in 2009, five years later.

But Katie's second go on the show could not have been any more different, as she went back into the jungle soon after she and the hunky Aussie split. It soon became clear that the public had turned their back on her during the course of show.

After being voted for a total of five bushtucker trials in a row, Katie dramatically walked from the show after just nine days. She has not returned to the jungle since.

Nadine Dorries

Tory politician Nadine Dorries broke the mould when she entered the jungle in 2012. Losing her position as Tory whip to take part on the show, Nadine became the first sitting politician to sign up for the programme.

Dorries' inclusion on the show was also controversial in the political world, with questions on her participation reaching Westminster. After a spate of bushtucker trials, Nadine became the first person to leave camp after receiving just 4% of the vote to save her.

Things did not get any easier for Nadine, when she failed to declare the fee she received from ITV. As a result, she was forced to make an apology to MPs one year after she left the jungle.

Nigel Farage

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage signed up for the newest series of the ITV competition, for the cool price of £1.5mn. The GB News presenter's inclusion sparked immediate backlash from viewers, who questioned ITV's mantra of "Be Kind".

Breaking the record for the highest participation fee, Nigel is known for his controversial right-wing views on numerous topics including immigration and the gender pay gap. He has also been regularly accused over the years of inciting xenophobia against marginalised groups.

Speaking about his participation going into the jungle, Nigel said: "In the jungle, you're going to find the real me. Who knows, you might like me more! You might dislike me more, but at least you will find out."

Jamie Lynn Spears

Actress and singer Jamie Lynn Spears is also set to join the cast of the upcoming series of the show, which begins this Sunday (November 19). Initially best known for her appearances on Zoey 101, Jamie Lynn is now infamous for a number of spats with older sister Britney.

Supporting her father's conservatorship over the Toxic singer, Jamie Lynn had a huge falling out with Britney. Fans watching the programme have also vowed revenge for Britney's sake, but opting to make her do every trial.

I'm A Celebrity kicks off on November 19 at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX.

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