The I'm A Celebrity camp was stunned on Friday night (November 27) when the first star was ejected from the castle.

Paralympic champion Hollie Aldridge was the first campmate to leave Gwrych Castle after a public vote.

Her departure came after Shane Richie and AJ Pritchard triumphed during a Chamber Of Horrors challenge

Grimsby gold medallist Hollie lasted 14 days on the ITV show.

Hollie gets a hug from Vernon Kay
Hollie gets a hug from Vernon Kay

The 26-year-old was close to tears when she said goodbye.

"I'm devastated," she told Ant and Dec.

"I never really knew what to expect, I thought, 'just go in there and enjoy every second of it'. It was a crazy experience for me.”

She added: “I was so nervous. I had a feeling it might be me. I am slightly superstitious, when you guys were saying the names. I was thinking, ‘It’s going to be me’.

“But honestly I love everybody in there and I love what their values are and what they mean to me. And I will never ever forget this experience, ever.”

There were emotional words from the campmates on their last night as a 'family', with the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire saying that the contestants had all 'essentially fallen in love with each other'.

Earlier, former Strictly Come Dancing professional AJ and soap star Richie joined forces after Richie had promised the other contestants: “Tonight, we shall eat like kings and queens.”

Arriving at the challenge, the pair were told they would be sealed in separate chambers with their bodies submerged below the ground.

Across six rounds, they were tasked with collecting stars using only their tongues as maggots, locusts, scorpions and giant meal worms rained down upon their heads.

The fifth round saw them covered with snakes and in the sixth wardens arrived to pour rats onto them.

The pair ultimately secured 11 out of 12 stars for camp, but afterwards Richie admitted: “I’m just numb, I’m broken.”

The celebrities ate venison for dinner before facing the first elimination of the series.