World superbike champion Carl ‘Foggy’ Fogarty has been crowned king of the Jungle on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!
Carl, 49, beat former X Factor contestant and bookies’ favourite for the title Jake Quickenden, plus TV presenter Melanie Sykes, in the final of the ITV show.
He endured three weeks in the Australian jungle braving grim bushtucker trials to beat 11 other celebrities.
The motorcyclist broke down in tears as he took his place on the throne in front of his fellow camp-mates before wrapping his arms around his wife.
He told presenters Ant and Dec: “I just think it’s all a dream, someone’s playing a trick on me.
“This is the best thing that has ever happened. It’s absolutely mental. I don’t know what, but I must have done something right.”
His final gruesome task saw him determinedly tackle an unappetising meal of testicles, ostrich anus and camel penis.
Jake came second after braving burrowing cockroaches and crabs in his final task.
The self-proclaimed ‘clown’ was little known before the show started, having appeared in X Factor just weeks before he entered the jungle.
The singer, who came in late to the show, joked how ‘people voted for me more on this then when I was a singer’, referring to his X Factor bid.
Melanie was the first of the three to be voted off the show after being forced to submerge herself in a tank filled with eels and crabs.
After leaving the two men behind in the camp she said: “I’m a bit gutted that I’m not in the final because you get so close and you think I might do it.
“It was better than I expected. I had fun, I made great friends. I don’t want to sound corny but it’s exceeded all my expectations.”
She said she mastered ‘counting to 10’ in the camp after admitting it was hard for her to watch other people cooking – a point of contention throughout the competition.
The finalists enjoyed a slap-up meal to mark their last night on the show after all three won the final tasks.
Jake had been the favourite going into the final, according to bookmaker Coral, which said he had been “very popular with the betting public ever since he set foot into the jungle”.
Meanwhile, ex-contestant Edwina Currie has revealed to BBC Radio 5 Live she has been paid at least £100,000 for appearing on the show.
Asked what she will do with the money, the former Tory cabinet minister told Stephen Nolan: “We are going to build an extension in our house in the Peak District”, which she will call ‘the jungle room’.
She added her favourite part of being in the show was the ‘lovely environment’ and ‘the other nature things in there – the blokes’.
“They kept taking their clothes off and I was sitting there with my eyes popping out of my head,” she said.