Matt Hancock is seen ducking through dark tunnels and wading through mud during his first try on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
A teaser shared by ITV ahead of Wednesday night’s screening shows the former health secretary, 44, screaming as insects and thick liquid pour over him.
Hancock and comedian Seann Walsh were confirmed as two late entrants to the series in Tuesday’s episode, with hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly announcing they’ll be joining straight for the first trial, Beastly Burrows.
In the preview video, the pair are seen navigating a series of dark tunnels while wearing hard hats in search of stars for their new campmates.
At a fork, Hancock asked, “Which way do you want me to go?” prompts Walsh to reply, “I’m not a sat-nav, I don’t know!”
McPartlin and Donnelly were seen smiling as the pair argued.
Following the announcement that he would join the programme, the West Suffolk MP stripped of the Conservative Party’s whip and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also expressed “disappointment” at the decision to apply.
Speaking ahead of her debut on the show, Hancock said: “I’ve never come across snakes up close and so I’m pretty nervous about anything snake-related.
“I’m not a fussy person or at least I haven’t been caught but that’s the thing about I’m a celebrity – that’s the unknown.
“I’ve been watching the show for years, I love how it comes down to human nature but it’s also really fun.”
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Speaking about whether he thinks his colleagues in Parliament and the British public will vote for him to proceed with the tests, he added: “I wouldn’t be surprised if I ended up some tests.
“I hope I can get some stars for the camp, but most of all, I look forward to being myself.”
He said that after the show, he plans to return to Suffolk to hold a surgery with his participants there, adding: “There are so many different ways to communicate with the public and we (politicians) are wrong if we think you can only do so on traditional political shows, where you mostly only talk to people who are actively interested in politics.
“It is important for us to engage with everyone, including young people, about who our politicians are and this program is a good way to do that. I’m looking forward to it.”
Appearing on Sky News on Wednesday, shadow business secretary Jonathan Reynolds said his appearance on the show “beats politics and the work we do” and added: “People like Matt Hancock should remember it’s a privilege to be a member of Congress.”
Mr Reynolds said he would not watch the series “heavy” but would be watching to see how Hancock “started”.
When asked if he would vote for Hancock to eat an alligator anus during the trials, he replied: “I think there’s going to be a craze across the country because Matt volunteered to do it. .”
During Tuesday’s episode, tensions began to mount between Boy George and Charlene White.
The Culture Club singer described the journalist as “very controlling” as the pair clashed over cooking and organizing the camp.
Later in the episode, comedian Babatunde Aleshe successfully completed the Horrifying Heights challenge, winning all nine stars and earning the maximum number of meals for camping.
Former Lioness Jill Scott and Hollyoaks’ Owen Warner also won a night in the RV’s more comfortable sleeping accommodation.
I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! continues at 9 p.m. Wednesday on ITV and ITV Hub.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/matt-hancock-showered-with-bugs-and-sludge-during-first-im-a-celebrity-trial-42130613.html Matt Hancock bathed in bugs and mud in the first demo of I’m a Celebrity