ITV I’m A Celebrity: Phil Tufnell’s bored
Phil Tufnell entered the I’m A Celebrity South Africa camp along with sporting star Fatima Whitbread and Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan.
The trio failed to win any stars with viewers believing they had been treated unfairly, as their task was considerably harder than the others.
However, cricket star Phil did not let the defeat get the better of him and he has proven himself to be a huge hit with viewers and campmates alike.
He won the 2003 edition of the Australian ITV series and viewers are convinced he could have already won the I’m A Celebrity Legend title.
They took to Twitter to say how his kind nature and leadership skills could see him through until the end.
Sarah said: “Loved Phil the first time round, love him even more now for how encouraging he was to Fatima & telling Helen not to be sorry. A proper team leader! #ImACeleb”
Sean The Mondasian Psychic added: “I love how supportive Phil Tufnell is. He seems like he genuinely wants to help Helen Flanagan through it. #ImACeleb”
Char commented: “Phil has a heart of gold, he seems so lovely #ImACeleb” with Lewis adding: “Fast remembering why Phil is an #imaceleb legend and a deserving winner.”
Kathryn concluded: “The only one that will probably be worth watching again is Phil Tufnell tbh. The others didn’t win for a reason.”
Phil’s selfless nature did not go unnoticed as body language expert Darren Stanton highlighted the same trait.
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Speaking for Betfair he said: “Fatima and Phil displayed a natural rapport and connection with each other, which leads me to believe that they will go far in the show.
“Phil is what we call a placater in psychology. Placaters are generally the people that step in and attempt to smooth things over.
“Along with Paul, Phil and Fatima are definitely the mediators within the group. I wouldn’t be surprised if the two went on to strike a deep friendship within the camp, as they’ve got similar personalities.”
However, he did suggest Phil “could potentially be out of his depth”.
Darren added: “He appears to be a genuine person and someone who is not really used to or likes to attract conflict.
“Phil doesn’t appear to have an ego unlike some of the other campmates.”
Phil won the show back in 2003 and is probably best known for giving 100 per cent in all of the trials he faced.
During his time on the show, he won 17 out of 20 stars for the camp and did six trials over the course of the competition.
One of his most iconic moments was a ‘boredom rant’ he had whilst in The Bush Telegraph room
While everyone was asleep, he was heard mumbling: “What’s the point? What’s the point in not having a fag?
“Alright, it’s going to kill you… I’m going to f*****g die anyway, you know what I mean? You ain’t got any fags have you?
“I think I’m turning into a f*****g raving lunatic,” he said as he placed his hat over his face and groaned.
I’m A Celebrity South Africa airs on weekdays on ITV from 9pm
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