I’m A Celebrity champion Kian Egan has expressed his surprise at being crowned king of the jungle – saying he expected Joey Essex to win.

The Westlife singer, who won the 2013 series ahead of David Emanuel on Sunday night, paid tribute to the band’s fans for their support – but still appeared baffled to have made the final ahead of the TOWIE star.

“I have a great fanbase of Westlife fans but nothing like what Joey Essex has,” Kian said.

“He has over 2 million followers on Twitter but I only have 250k. That’s a lot, but even so he has 1.75 mllion more than me so it’s like, what has happened?

“It’s way beyond my expectations. I never expected to be here in the final. I’m absolutely gobsmacked.”

He also praised runner-up David Emanuel, saying that he had made it to the top two on account of being a ‘good guy’, adding: “People vote for nice people.”

Kian had been the hot favourite to win following Joey’s surprise depature from the show on Friday night.

His exit was regarded as one of the biggest upsets in reality TV history, with the bookies having offered odds of 100-1 on him being eliminated ahead of the final.