But to be fair, everything started to spice up once Strawberry-Gate took place.
It’s been somewhat of a shared opinion recently that this year’s offering of I’m A Celebrity hasn’t exactly been the most barnstorming of the lot. It says a lot about us as a viewing public that everyone getting along, being nice to each other and generally chatting away is considered to be “the worst series ever”. But hey, that’s TV.
It’s not for the want of trying by the producers either, who have taken notice that the show has been a bit too nice of late, and that the kind of infighting and tension that usually brings in viewing figures has been seen wanting since the first episode.
So, in an effort to try and get things going, and spice things up a bit, producers have been feeding questions to the campmates as they sit around chatting. One campmate would ask the questions and hopefully, given that many of these celebrities come from very different backgrounds, and have big personalities, some viewpoints would clash and then finally, some arguments would happen!
But it hasn’t seemed to make a difference, and reportedly, TV bosses are unhappy that campmates are not performing better.
A source spoke to The Sun and said: “They were hoping the inclusion of strong characters like Jamie Lomas, Stanley Johnson and Rebekah Vardy would spark a few lively debates.”
“But that has yet to materialise at all. ITV has used the technique of scripting reality in other shows like The Only Way is Essex and have seen amusing results.
“If viewers are wondering why conversations around the campfire feel a bit forced, it’s because they are.”
What certainly isn’t going to help is Gemma Collins slamming the entertainment value of this year’s show in a scathing new interview.
Gemma, who famously lasted only 72 hours in the jungle, described the current selection of campmates as “bland” and she also said that they weren’t providing any entertainment for the audiences at home. Harsh words, Gemma, harsh words.
Gemma spoke to The Sun and said: “The casting for this year is appalling.”
She added: “I mean it’s just too bland, it’s like tomato soup without the tomatoes, it’s just hot water.”
The ‘The Only Way is Essex’ star, 36, reckons that everyone is being just too nice, and that they aren’t freaked out enough by the Bushtucker Trials.
“What makes the jungle is all the screaming, all the scaredness, all the romance,” she said.
“But these campmates are just acting like they’re in a coffee shop.
“They’re too chilled in there.”
Well if she’s talking about everyone being too chilled, I’m guessing that this interview was conducted before Strawberry-Gate happened, and all the drama that went along with it.
If you didn’t catch the incident, then here’s what happened: Amir and Iain won the Dingo Dollar task and were awarded strawberries and cream as treats after the campmates guessed the correct answer to Kiosk Keith’s question.
However, instead of bringing the delicious fruity treats back to their fellow campmates to share out the spoils of victory, they ate every single strawberry and every last morsel of cream in secret and then lied to their campmates and said that they lost the challenge.
It was Amir who first brought it up, as they both were on the brink of giving into temptation, as he said that the pair could eat the strawberries and cream in the forest with the other campmates being none the wiser.
“It’s tempting, isn’t it?” contemplated Iain.
“I’m having them, I want them!” shouted Amir.
“I’m so torn!” said Iain.
They decided to sit down and have a look at the treats as they opened the box. We’ve all been there haven’t we? When we’ve had our cheat days and it’s back to the strict diet, but you’ve got left over food from the weekend.
You want it, but you know that you shouldn’t have it.
But hey, it’s okay, you’ll just have a look, just to see what they look like. In case, you know, you forgot or anything like that.
We’ve all been there, and that is the fatal step that almost always leads to the spirit crumbling and temptation winning the day.
And it was no different with Amir and Iain, who looked at the strawberries and cream and couldn’t help but eating them. It was inevitable.
So while the other campmates, who were all starving, eagerly awaited for Amir and Iain to get back and share out the treats, the pair were stuffing their faces in secret.
It was shades of The Telltale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe (except without the murders, obviously) as the guilt proved too much for Amir and Iain to handle, and they confessed to their fellow campmates when they got back to the camp.
It was Iain who was the first to come clean, and Amir then followed suit, saying they had “messed up”.
Naturally, the group were furious, and had their say about the act of greed and deceit.
Jamie Lomas said: “No there is no way you would do that to your mates, no way.”
While Dennis Wise added: “Just out of principle guys that is so wrong, so wrong. Well this is all very simple if we win any more going forward you don’t get anything ok?”
Things do seem to be hotting up now, as Jamie and Rebekah got into an argument as the wife of football star Jamie Vardy accused the Hollyoaks star of being “sexist”, as in scenes that were teased on This Morning…this morning…he gave the girls in the camp the cleaning jobs after being revealed as the new Prime Minister of the group.
When he was tasked with delegating duties to the group to keep the camp running smoothly, it did not go down well with Rebekah when he gave the girls the cleaning tasks, which includes the job of cleaning the toilet. Grim.
Jamie then explained his decision to Rebekah, saying: “I’ve just said I didn’t want the boys to clean the s**t up.”
And an angry Rebekah says: “So it’s all right for girls to do it then?”
Later in the Bush Telegraph, Jamie confessed: “I nearly put Dennis and Amir on toilet duty but they’re my mates aren’t they? I couldn’t do that, so I put the girls on it instead.”
And back in the camp, Rebekah tells him: “Slightly sexist, Jamie.”
“No I didn’t mean it like that,” he said.
Well, it’s certainly getting more interesting now, isn’t it?