I’m A Celebrity: New arrivals Russell Watson and Ruthie Henshall win 11 stars


They arrived at Gwrych Castle as latecomers during Wednesday’s episode much to the surprise of the original campmates.

And Russell Watson and Ruthie Henshall, both 53, will no doubt prove a hit among their fellow celebs as they managed to bag 11 out of 12 stars during their first trial.

The duo took part in the three part challenge, who were originally told they would all be taking part in the trial, but later discovered they were merely spectators.

Winner, winner! Russell Watson and Ruthie Henshall, both 53, will no doubt prove a hit among their fellow celebs as they managed to bag 11 out of 12 stars during their first trial

Russell and Ruthie arrived on a horse and cart and were given jester’s costumers to entertain the celebrities who had arrived to watch the trial. 

Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, both 45, explained that Ruthie and Russell would be vying for up to 12 stars to feed the camp their evening meal.  

The first part of the Trial was called Laughing Stocks and was worth 5 stars. 

Arrivals: Russell and Ruthie arrived on a horse and cart and were given jester's costumers to entertain the celebrities who had arrived to watch the trial

Arrivals: Russell and Ruthie arrived on a horse and cart and were given jester’s costumers to entertain the celebrities who had arrived to watch the trial

Woo! The duo took part in the three part challenge, who were originally told they would all be taking part in the trial, but later discovered they were merely spectators

Woo! The duo took part in the three part challenge, who were originally told they would all be taking part in the trial, but later discovered they were merely spectators

Ruthie was in a stock and had to read the first part of a joke and Russell had to find the punchline hidden in a barrel using only his mouth – the barrel sadly also contained incorrect punchlines.

The klaxon sounded and Ruthie was immediately covered in rotten tomatoes as she read the first part of the joke – Russell ducked his head into a barrel of slime and found the punchline straight away. Everyone cheered as they got the first star. 

Over the next few rounds Ruthie was covered in over 225kg of rotten tomatoes and Russell had to find the joke punchlines in barrels of slime, maggots, rotten vegetables and fish guts.

Fingers crossed: Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, both 45, explained that Ruthie and Russell would be vying for up to 12 stars to feed the camp their evening meal

Fingers crossed: Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, both 45, explained that Ruthie and Russell would be vying for up to 12 stars to feed the camp their evening meal

Yuck! The first part of the Trial was called Laughing Stocks and was worth 5 stars

Yuck! The first part of the Trial was called Laughing Stocks and was worth 5 stars

Russell claimed he had chipped a tooth while diving into a barrel to receive the punchlines, while also getting a maggot stuck in his teeth at one point.

They got 4 out of 5 stars as they ran out of time on the 4th joke.

The Interval was called Eye Scream and worth 2 stars. Russell and Ruthie had to use their mouths to transfer 3 fish eyes from a large bowl into an ice cream tub and then crush a fish eye over the tub for the juice topping.

In for it: Ruthie was in a stock and had to read the first part of a joke and Russell had to find the punchline hidden in a barrel using only his mouth – the barrel sadly also contained incorrect punchlines

In for it: Ruthie was in a stock and had to read the first part of a joke and Russell had to find the punchline hidden in a barrel using only his mouth – the barrel sadly also contained incorrect punchlines

Smashed it: The klaxon sounded and Ruthie was immediately covered in rotten tomatoes as she read the first part of the joke – Russell ducked his head into a barrel of slime and found the punchline straight away. Everyone cheered as they got the first star

Smashed it: The klaxon sounded and Ruthie was immediately covered in rotten tomatoes as she read the first part of the joke – Russell ducked his head into a barrel of slime and found the punchline straight away. Everyone cheered as they got the first star

Oops: Russell claimed he had chipped a tooth while diving into a barrel to receive the punchlines, while also getting a maggot stuck in his teeth at one point

Oops: Russell claimed he had chipped a tooth while diving into a barrel to receive the punchlines, while also getting a maggot stuck in his teeth at one point 

Gross: The Interval was called Eye Scream and worth 2 stars

Gross: The Interval was called Eye Scream and worth 2 stars

No thanks: Russell and Ruthie had to use their mouths to transfer 3 fish eyes from a large bowl into an ice cream tub and then crush a fish eye over the tub for the juice topping

No thanks: Russell and Ruthie had to use their mouths to transfer 3 fish eyes from a large bowl into an ice cream tub and then crush a fish eye over the tub for the juice topping

They did it successfully and everyone cheered.

The final act was called Critters in Ya Knickers and worth 5 stars.

Ruthie and Russell had to wear clear large trousers over their outfit which would be filled with crickets and cockroaches. Wearing head-phones they had to dance to iconic songs and their fellow campmates had to guess what the song was.

The songs were, Macarena, Single Ladies, Gangham Style, The Birdie Song and Proud Mary. All the celebrities guessed correctly winning 5 stars and having a dance along the way.

Ants in your pants! The final act was called Critters in Ya Knickers and worth 5 stars

Ants in your pants! The final act was called Critters in Ya Knickers and worth 5 stars

Well done: Ruthie and Russell had to wear clear large trousers over their outfit which would be filled with crickets and cockroaches. Wearing head-phones they had to dance to iconic songs and their fellow campmates had to guess what the song was

Well done: Ruthie and Russell had to wear clear large trousers over their outfit which would be filled with crickets and cockroaches. Wearing head-phones they had to dance to iconic songs and their fellow campmates had to guess what the song was

Ruthie was delighted at her and Russell’s inaugural performance at their Trial. 

Following their triumph, she said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled we got 11 stars. That was a super duper throoper of a . . .’

Russell added: ‘I was just expecting one nasty thing but they kept coming and coming.’

Success! Ruthie was delighted at her and Russell's inaugural performance at their Trial

Success! Ruthie was delighted at her and Russell’s inaugural performance at their Trial

Ruthie added: ‘I’m so excited to get into the castle and really look forward to saying hello to everyone and getting to know them.’

Meanwhile, in the Living Quarters, some of the original campmates were talking about the impending new arrivals. 

‘I’ve got mixed emotions at the moment. It moves the dimensions. It moves the dynamics about slightly. Vernon added: ‘I would be genuinely upset if this dynamic changes.’

Winning: Following their triumph, she said: 'I'm absolutely thrilled we got 11 stars. That was a super duper throoper of a . . .'

Winning: Following their triumph, she said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled we got 11 stars. That was a super duper throoper of a . . .’

Later Shane added: ‘There’s 10 of us now, we’ve been together four days. We know each other really well. We’re eating, sleeping, laughing, crying together and for another two people to come in you’re always frightened. It’s going to change the dynamics and we were kind of concerned about that.’

However, all was forgotten as Ruthie and Russell entered the camp. 

‘As soon as Russell and I walked in, the welcome was just. it was wonderful, it was fantastic’, said Ruthie.

Russell added: 'I was just expecting one nasty thing but they kept coming and coming'

Russell added: ‘I was just expecting one nasty thing but they kept coming and coming’

The two new campmates received a hero’s welcome as Russell laughed ‘chipped tooth and a bang on the head’ referring to his over-zealous efforts in the Trial. 

‘I was banging my head in the pot and I clipped it on the side’ he said laughing as he hugged Vernon.’

Ruthie commented: ‘There are so many different people from different walks of life that it’s like a smorgasbord of fabulous people.’

The new campmates were provided with two hammocks to sleep in but Giovanna gave Ruthie her bed.

Grateful: 'As soon as Russell and I walked in, the welcome was just. it was wonderful, it was fantastic', said Ruthie

Grateful: ‘As soon as Russell and I walked in, the welcome was just. it was wonderful, it was fantastic’, said Ruthie

‘We didn’t want to give you a hammock on the first night. They’re not easy’ explained Jordan.

Victoria gave up her bed for Russell. ‘I honestly can’t believe how welcoming everyone was. It was really nice’ he said.

‘It’s like going back to school. I’ve been camping once. I lasted a day, then I skiddadled out of there ‘said Ruthie. 

The dumb waiter soon delivered the camp dinner and Ruthie and Russell both went over to collect it for everyone, Russell read a scroll out that revealed they’d be having Oxtail. Giovanna, Vernon and Victoria cooked it for camp.

The celebrities were all pleasantly surprised they enjoyed the Oxtail.

Shane decided to scare Jordan as he went to the toilet by throwing stones on the toilet roof as he was inside, he then jumped out at him. 

Welcome: Victoria gave up her bed for Russell. 'I honestly can't believe how welcoming everyone was. It was really nice' he said

Welcome: Victoria gave up her bed for Russell. ‘I honestly can’t believe how welcoming everyone was. It was really nice’ he said

Elsewhere in the episode, Vernon Kay, 44, suffered another name drop after he revealed his favourite was Tom Hanks, 64, as he spoke to Giovanna Fletcher. 

Vernon reminisced about meeting the movie star twice, gushing that Tom signed a Forrest Gump DVD for him and even remembered him at their second encounter years later, calling him a ‘good guy’.

Chatting about his presenting career, Vernon explained the first meeting was when he worked on T4 and Tom was promoting 2004 film The Polar Express.

Biggest fan: Vernon Kay reminisced about meeting his favourite celebrity Tom Hanks

Biggest fan: Vernon Kay reminisced about meeting his favourite celebrity Tom Hanks

Vernon said: ‘He was amazing. He was just the nicest fella.

‘I interviewed him for The Polar Express but he was so nice and at the end I said I know this is really unprofessional, is there any chance you can sign this DVD cover of Forrest Gump for me. 

‘And he’s like “no problem”. So he signed it to Vernon, good luck with the new gig, Tom Hanks.’

'The nicest fella': The presenter, 44, said that the movie star, 64, even recognised him when they met for a second time at a press event, calling him a 'good guy', years after their first encounter (Tom is pictured in 2016)

‘The nicest fella’: The presenter, 44, said that the movie star, 64, even recognised him when they met for a second time at a press event, calling him a ‘good guy’, years after their first encounter (Tom is pictured in 2016)

Vernon then went on to explain that he met the Hollywood star again on a press trip on Eurostar for The Da Vinci Code, which was released in 2006

The I’m A Celeb contestant said: ‘I’ll never forget it, I can see it now, Tom Hanks saw me and he just turned to Ron Howard [the film’s director] and he went “oh this is Vern, he’s alright he is”. 

‘I’m like, he remembered my name. And he just turned around and said “Vern, oh he’s a good guy!”‘ 

Second meet: The presenter also met the actor during a press event for film The Da Vinci Code, which was released in 2006 (Vernon is pictured at another event the same year)

Second meet: The presenter also met the actor during a press event for film The Da Vinci Code, which was released in 2006 (Vernon is pictured at another event the same year)

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