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Jockey Frankie Dettori has become the first contestant to be voted out of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2023.

It was revealed during Sunday’s instalment of the ITV reality series that YouTuber Nella Rose and Dettori had received the fewest votes from the public and were up for elimination.

During the Italian jockey’s 12 days in camp, he was a team leader for a period, won the camp a “breakfast of champions” and took on a number of trials.

After hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly announced the news, Dettori jumped up and hugged his fellow campmates goodbye.

Following his exit, he told the presenting duo: “It’s been so surreal and what an adventure.

“Yesterday, it really hit me when we got the letters from the loved ones, you forget that there is a world outside, people watching you.

“You know we’ve been out of our comfort zone for so long and it’s been so great.”

After they showed him clips of his time in the jungle, Dettori added that the experience sent his emotions “up and down” throughout.

“I’ve been dieting for 30 years, but this takes you to another level. The heat, the fatigue of the jungle,” he added.

“We just needed some fuel in our stomach, you can feel your body actually… slowing down and shutting off. Even a handful of rice put us back up.

“It’s been challenging, I’ll be honest with you, but great, fantastic camp, they were all like this.”

He admitted he was “disappointed” to be the first one out but was also “very happy”.

“I did nearly two weeks in the jungle, I beat my fears of enclosed spaces and snakes, all in the same task. I met some wonderful people and it’s been a fantastic experience,” he added.

Reflecting on the early departure of Grace Dent and Jamie Lynn Spears on medial grounds this week, he said: “With the incident with Grace and Jamie Lynn as well, it put a dampener on the week. We had to regroup and we had to refocus.”

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues on Virgin Media One and ITV.

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