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With I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! nearing its climax, this year’s campmates are beginning to miss their loved ones at home as they battle the harsh conditions of Gwrych Castle. With Hollie Arnold the first star sent home, each of the ITV contestants were given the chance on tonight’s show to hear from those they hold closest if they completed a series of tasks. And it’s safe to say Vernon Kay was left treasuring the moment he heard from his wife Tess Daly and their daughters.
The morning after Hollie’s I’m A Celebrity exit, the mood in the camp was a little down.
However, in order to lift spirits, Giovanna Fletcher announced to her fellow campmates they’d be given the opportunity to receive messages from home and some tasty treats if they completed a series of challenges.
Split into groups, each of the celebrities had to win their respective challenges in order to receive the gift.
However, after a series of unfortunate slip-ups, only seven of the potential 10 gifts and messages from home were won.
To decide who’d receive their messages, the stars took turns pulling keys from a bucket to determine which celebrity would be rewarded.
In rather tearjerking scenes, Giovanna, AJ Pritchard and Jordan North were the only three not to receive their gifts.
Vernon explained in the Telegraph: “As the process went on and the boxes became fewer and the treats from home became less,
“She (Giovanna) realised that there was an opportunity to not be given a message from loved ones and that’s when it really hit home.”
Giovanna was particularly emotional at missing out on the moment but was comforted by her fellow campmates.
Jordan assured the rest of the line-up to “not feel bad” that he’d missed out along with AJ and Giovanna.
On the other side of the coin, however, Vernon managed to bag himself a sweet message from his family at home.
And it was left to Victoria Derbyshire to read Vernon’s message aloud.
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Inevitably, Vernon’s message was from his wife and Strictly Come Dancing presenter Tess and their daughters.
Tess told her other half she and their children were “so proud” of his efforts on the show.
Vernon was also treated with some giant chocolate buttons as he beamed with emotions after hearing Tess’s words.
The former Family Fortunes presenter then read aloud the note from home for Sir Mo Farah from his family.
All of the campmates decided to divide their treats among their fellow stars as to not leave anyone out.
Beverly Callard had received cookies, Ruthie Henshall bagged some Mini Cheddars and Mo managed to chow down on some jelly sweets.
As the competition continues, however, will Vernon be able to keep his place in the contest?
Or will someone else pip him to the title of Queen or King of the Castle?
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! continues nightly on ITV.
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