I’m A Celebrity 2022: Mike Tindall accused of cheating in challenge


Mike Tindall was accused of cheating in the Partners in Grime challenge during Saturday night’s episode of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! as he claimed his rugby career nickname was Magic Mike rather than The Fridge.

The Mrs and Mrs-style game saw the campmates team up in pairs, with sportsman Mike, 44, being matched with Coronation Street actress Sue Cleaver, 59.

Sue was tasked with guessing Mike’s nickname during the quiz – with the soap star naming him as Magic Mike – which Mike went on to confirm as correct.

Awkward: Mike Tindall, 44, was accused of cheating in the Partners in Grime challenge during Saturday night’s episode of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

However, Mike was frequently known as The Fridge during his rugby career due to his physical bulk, with Magic Mike being the moniker he’s been given during his time in the camp due to his fearlessness when moving creepy-crawlies out of the way for his co-stars.

Arriving at the game show-style Trial, Ant explained: ‘This is Partners In Grime. In this game show you will compete in your pairs. You’ll be asked a question about your partner and if their response matches yours you will win a star.’

As a result of Mike claiming his nickname was Magic Mike, he was awarded a star for the camp.

Telling porkies: Mike claimed his rugby career nickname was Magic Mike rather than The Fridge in a bid to win a star for the camp

Telling porkies: Mike claimed his rugby career nickname was Magic Mike rather than The Fridge in a bid to win a star for the camp

Big guy: Mike was known as The Fridge during his rugby career due to his sizeable physical bulk (pictured in 2003)

Big guy: Mike was known as The Fridge during his rugby career due to his sizeable physical bulk (pictured in 2003)

Guessing game: Sue said Mike was known as Magic Mike, which has been called in the camp, which Mike claimed was correct, meaning they won a star

Guessing game: Sue said Mike was known as Magic Mike, which has been called in the camp, which Mike claimed was correct, meaning they won a star

Taking to Twitter to dispute the sports star’s claims, one person wrote: ‘Mike Tindall’s nickname is actually The Fridge not Magic Mike #Imaceleb2022 #ImACelebrityGetMeOutOfHere.’

Contemplating there had been some hinting about Sue’s answer from one of the other campmates to Mike, another viewer posted: ‘Mike Tindall told a bit lie, his nickname when playing Rugby wasn’t Magic Mike, it was the FRIDGE – Someone told him what Sue said.’

While another person wrote: ‘Mike Tindall was never called Magic Mike when he played rugby he literally said she would never know and used the name that he knew she would guess as they have been calling him it the last 2 weeks mikes smart!’

Naughty: Taking to Twitter to dispute the sports star's claims, viewers attempted to straighten things out, with one branding the spots star 'sneaky'

Naughty: Taking to Twitter to dispute the sports star’s claims, viewers attempted to straighten things out, with one branding the spots star ‘sneaky’

One other viewer protested: ‘@imacelebrity Mike Tindall’s nickname was the Fridge, so they shouldn’t have got a star.’

While someone else noted: ‘Mike pulled a sneaky one there #ImACeleb.’  

It comes after Mike showed off his jaw-dropping muscles as he posed during a photoshoot in 2012.

Mike, who’s married to King Charles’ niece Zara Phillips, was photographed in just a pair of white boxers as he became Mr June in the Rugby for Heroes calendar.

Looking good: It comes after Mike showed off his jaw-dropping muscles in a pair of white boxers as he posed during a photoshoot in 2012, with the snap resurfacing this week

Looking good: It comes after Mike showed off his jaw-dropping muscles in a pair of white boxers as he posed during a photoshoot in 2012, with the snap resurfacing this week

Mike, who at the time played outside centre for Gloucester, was described in the calendar as: ‘A calming influence, inspiring and composed.’

The description added that he ‘breaks up the attack’ and ‘leaves opponents exposed’.

Mike announced his retirement from professional rugby just two years after his short modelling stint.

Muscles: Mike, who is married to King Charles' niece Zara Phillips, was photographed in just a pair of white boxers as he became Mr June in the Rugby for Heroes calendar

Muscles: Mike, who is married to King Charles’ niece Zara Phillips, was photographed in just a pair of white boxers as he became Mr June in the Rugby for Heroes calendar

Revealing: Mike recently left little to the imagination after he squeezed into the bright tropical swimwear for a dip in the camp creek

Revealing: Mike recently left little to the imagination after he squeezed into the bright tropical swimwear for a dip in the camp creek

On a recent episode, Mike was accused of wearing his wife Zara’s bikini bottoms by cheeky hosts Ant & Dec. 

After the Rugby star again took a dip in the creek, the camera cut to the co-hosts with Ant teasing: ‘I tell you what did come as a shock, what about that swimwear?

‘I want to know what Zara was thinking of that… ‘That’s where my bikini bottoms went!’.

Mike’s tiny trunks have been the talk of camp so far, but it comes after revealed he has had an awkward encounter with Princess Anne and a pair of boxers.

Cheeky: On Sunday's episode Mike was accused of wearing his wife Zara's bikini bottoms by cheeky hosts Ant & Dec

Cheeky: On Sunday’s episode Mike was accused of wearing his wife Zara’s bikini bottoms by cheeky hosts Ant & Dec

He told his camp mates how he once ripped his trousers and flashed his boxers which read ‘nibble my nuts’ to the Princess Royal.

Speaking during Monday’s episode, Mike made the hilarious confession.

He admitted he had a problem with ‘exaggerated dancing’ at special occasions, saying he often ‘s**t drops’ and tears his clothing.

Discussing smart attire in camp, he explained: ‘I love a suit. My problem with suits is I over exaggerate dancing at weddings… I rip a lot of suits, trousers and stuff.’

Comedian Seann Walsh laughed: ‘Course you do.’

Mike continued: ‘The old sl*t drop gets me every time. I went to a wedding, ripped a suit, they were like, ‘Oh my God, what are you going to do?’ I was like, ‘Don’t worry I’ve got a spare.’

‘They were like, ‘Who brings a spare suit?’ Someone who rips a lot of trousers brings a spare suit.’

He added: ‘Zara had like a 30th birthday, it was a disco 70s themed one, I was dancing on the dance floor, I had like flares on, full outfit but it was quite tight, nothing ever fits – rugby player’s bum and legs – so I was dancing with my mother-in-law and I did a sl*t drop in front of my mother-in-law.’

Terrific trio: Zara, Mike and Princess Anne are pictured at Royal Ascot in 2014

Terrific trio: Zara, Mike and Princess Anne are pictured at Royal Ascot in 2014 

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In the Bush Telegraph, Seann said: ‘Mike sl*t dropped in front of Princess Anne and that is not the end of the story… that’s already, what are you thinking?

Mike, who shares children Mia, eight, Lena, four, and Lucas, one, with Zara, continued: ‘Ripped my trousers, straight in front of her. It happened to be that my boxers that I had on at that time said ‘nibble my nuts’.’

The amusing tale prompted Seann and fellow comedian Babatúndé Aléshé to applaud him.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! continues on Sunday at 9.00pm on ITV1 and ITVX.

I’M A CELEBRITY 2022: THE FULL LINEUP

BOY GEORGE

BOY GEORGE

BOY GEORGE

AGE: 61

CLAIM TO FAME: Legendary pop star

PHOBIAS: Being scared

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am going straight into the jungle from playing at various festivals and gigs

ROLE IN THE CAMP: In-house dietician reassuring everyone that they will be ok on the jungle diet. And entertainer – I will sing!

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a very positive person and I don’t bear any grudges

DREAM CAMPMATE: It would be funny if my ex, Jon Moss, comes on the programme -but I don’t think that will happen!

CHRIS MOYLES

CHRIS MOYLES

CHRIS MOYLES

AGE: 48

CLAIM TO FAME: Radio DJ

PHOBIAS: I am petrified of heights. I ended up carrying the bags when we took my girlfriend’s niece once to Go Ape as I am so petrified!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? A friend’s birthday, a wedding, and Leeds United matches

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer. Hopefully I can help shorten everyone’s boredom.

BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hiding food! I am going to fly out early and sneak into the jungle and hide pot noodles everywhere, then I will be everyone’s best friend!

DREAM CAMPMATE: Ant and Dec…let’s see how they cope for 24 hours!

SUE CLEAVER

SUE CLEAVER

SUE CLEAVER

AGE: 59

CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street

PHOBIAS: Don’t be ridiculous! I am not going to admit to what I fear most!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Coronation Street and we are expecting another grandchild any day, so hopefully it will arrive before I fly out to Australia.

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will be more of a mum – that is where I will naturally fit.

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I am a good listener, so hopefully I will be a friendly ear for everyone.

DREAM CAMPMATE: Good Morning Britain’s Richard Arnold. He is my TV husband and it would be lovely to have an ally in camp!

SCARLETTE DOUGLAS

SCARLETTE DOUGLAS

SCARLETTE DOUGLAS

AGE: 35

CLAIM TO FAME: Presenter of A Place In The Sun

PHOBIAS: Spiders. There is no point in lying about it! I’ve got an irrational fear about them

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Just a holiday which I can postpone

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum, cook and morale booster. I always like to look at the positive side in life

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I will be good at making sure everything is tidy in camp

DREAM CAMPMATE: Mo Gilligan. He is hilarious and I totally fancy him!

BABATÚNDÉ ALÉSHÉ

BABATÚNDÉ ALÉSHÉ

BABATÚNDÉ ALÉSHÉ

AGE: 36

CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian

PHOBIAS: I am scared of absolutely everything. Snakes, rats – I am fearful of them all and I am dreading the trials

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I was going on tour but we’ve postponed it now until next year

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Tension breaker. If I can break tension anywhere it starts up in the camp, then I will do that. We don’t need to be bickering as it will be a first-time experience for everyone

BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hopefully I will bring some humour to the camp

DREAM CAMPMATE: I am a big Arsenal fan and so any ex-Arsenal player would be great. I am looking forward to chatting to Ant & Dec about football

SEANN WALSH

SEANN WALSH

SEANN WALSH

AGE: 36

CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian

PHOBIAS: I am not too pleased about rats being in there but I am just trying to pretend it is not happening! 

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am really looking forward to taking part in this show

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: People have voiced their feelings about me and I am hoping they will see I am very different. I want to create new memories

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I am a great listener. I can’t cook but if someone would like to teach me, then I will give it a go 

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t want to put myself down but if my friends were to answer this question, they would say there isn’t much Seann can do! I am not really bringing too much to the table which is why I am a good listener! 

DREAM CAMPER: Lee Evans, anyone from Blink-182 or Boy George. My mum took me to see him at Wembley and he wore a satellite dish as a hat! 

MIKE TINDALL

MIKE TINDALL

MIKE TINDALL

AGE: 44

CLAIM TO FAME: Rugby Union player and married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall

PHOBIAS: I haven’t admitted to having any phobias but in a weird way, I am looking forward to taking part in the trials!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My podcast series and the rugby Internationals this autumn

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Morning motivator. I would like to see everyone get on well and us all have a great experience

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a positive person

DREAM CAMPMATE: Samuel L Jackson would be cool. He has lived the life!

OWEN WARNER

OWEN WARNER

OWEN WARNER

AGE: 23

CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Romeo Nightingale in Hollyoaks

PHOBIAS: Snakes!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I am a big fan of football so I will miss watching the start of the World Cup

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer and games coordinator

BEST ATTRIBUTE: It is definitely not my cooking skills or brains!

DREAM CAMPMATE: Any of the Leicester City starting 11!

CHARLENE WHITE

CHARLENE WHITE 

CHARLENE WHITE

AGE: 42

CLAIM TO FAME: ITV newsreader and Loose Women anchor

PHOBIAS: I am not sure what my fear factor will be because I’ve never had rodents, spiders and snakes crawling all over me!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My children’s annual school ball which I am gutted about

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and cook. I don’t mind falling into that position

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I like to listen and talk. I love learning about people and I have a natural curiosity for people

DREAM CAMPMATE: Colin Murray and Richard Osman

JILL SCOTT

JILL SCOTT

JILL SCOTT

AGE: 35

CLAIM TO FAME: Retired England Lioness

PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats and the thought of being underground fills me with fear!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? The Men’s World Cup. I am going to find it weird not being able to know how the men are getting on in the tournament. Hopefully they will still be in the tournament when I come out of the jungle

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Helping hand. I like to help people if they aren’t having a good day

BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hard worker. I will always find a way to add value. I am also very honest

DREAM CAMPMATE: Another sports person would be great as it would be someone to bounce ideas off.

OLIVIA ATTWOOD

OLIVIA ATTWOOD

OLIVIA ATTWOOD – EXITED THE SHOW

AGE: 31

CLAIM TO FAME: Love Island star

PHOBIAS: I hate the dark so I’m keen to avoid any challenges in the darkness

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, had the show been on air any later, I could have missed my sister’s wedding

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Clown. I was always the class clown at school and I love having a laugh

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t take myself seriously and I have got a good sense of humour

DREAM CAMPMATE: A pop legend like Dolly Parton who has amazing stories to tell

MATT HANCOCK

MATT HANCOCK

MATT HANCOCK

AGE: 44

CLAIM TO FAME: Politician

PHOBIAS: Snakes. I don’t thankfully suffer from claustrophobia –or I think I don’t!

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: Politicians are people too and it will be nice for people to see me as me. We are human too

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I like to muck in, and I think I will be collecting a lot of firewood. I like cooking too

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