I'm A Celebrity 2018: James McVey becomes camp leader after winning jungle election

Vamps star and deputy Rita Simons give Harry Redknapp washing-up duties

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The Vamps star James McVey is now ruling the roost in the I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! camp after he became the new leader in a jungle election.

With the drama of the Immunity Games over, it was back to business as usual on the ITV survival show yesterday.


That meant it was time for a new camp leader, and this time the celebs themselves got to decide who would represent them in an election.

They each visited the palace to write down the name of their preferred leader, fold it up and put it in a ballot box.

John Barrowman then had the responsibility of counting the votes.

"There was nothing going in that box that wasn’t meant to be, no Russian meddling going on!" he laughed.

Harry Redknapp was aghast to find out he had two votes, exclaiming: "I do not want it!"

He needn't have worried, as James was eventually declared the new leader on three votes.


The 24-year-old wasn't terribly excited about being in charge, saying he found the result "very difficult".

"I look to Nick [Knowles] and the older members of the camp for guidance, so for the roles to be reversed, that was strange for me," he admitted.

He chose Rita Simons as his deputy leaer. "I’m going to be the most 'I will let you break the rules’ deputy there ever was!" she grinned.

As always, the new administration had to dish out chores to their subjects.

Harry was amused to get the washing up duties. "“I’ve never tried it in 54 years but I’m willing to try it now. I’ve got a dishwasher at home," he explained.

Emily Atack and Sair Khan became the new chefs, while Malique Thompson-Dwyer and Fleur East were put on maintenance.

"Now that I am on camp maintenance I’m going to make sure those messy little monkeys are clearing up," Fleur vowed.

Meanwhile, Anne Hegerty and Nick Knowles were tasked with monitoring the fire - a job that Anne struggled to get to grips with.

"I don’t know much about dealing with a fire," she said. "I’ve been watching other people do it and there seems to be a lot of stomping and poking and rearranging logs, I’ll give that a go."


After fanning the flames, she exclaimed: "This is difficult, why do they do this s**t for fun?!"

I'm A Celebrity continues nightly at 9.00pm on ITV.

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