I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! star Jake Quickenden has admitted that he was confused when he received an offer to enter the jungle.
The former contestant appeared on the show back in December 2014 and was a fan favourite as his cheeky attitude won over the public and his fellow campmates.
Before he went in the jungle, Jake appeared on The X Factor twice – first in 2012 and then in 2014.
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He auditioned for the ninth series and received four “yes” votes before he made it through to judges' houses along with co-star Rylan Clark.
He then returned for the eleventh series and made it through to the live finals.
Later that year, Jake went into the ITV jungle and was a huge hit, placing second after series winner Carl “Foggy” Fogarty.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Star, Jake said: “The experience was amazing, I just took it with both hands and saw it as a great opportunity.”
Quickenden continued: “I was just out of The X Factor and was more confused that they actually wanted me on the show. I think life is about being out of your comfort zone and trying new things!”
The star has previously said that he “went straight into the jungle” after he left the singing competition and that “people voted for him more on I’m A Celeb than they did on The X Factor”.
He told Digital Spy that he was “pooping his pants” on his first day as he “walked in as an unknown” and “everyone else was a real celebrity”.
Jake recently challenged himself again by taking part in Direct Line’s Back Up You Need experience with his celeb pal Kimberly Hart-Simpson.
As one of them stood on the shore of the Thames and asked questions, the other was dunked in the water if they got a question wrong – a similar type of challenge to those Jake faced in the jungle.
Jake spoke about his unlikely friendship with Kimberly, who played Nicky Wheatley in ITV’s Coronation Street.
He told Daily Star: “Me and Kim met at another job. We are both northerners and just hit it off and really got on. We have been mates for over a year now so it [was] fun to test our blossoming friendship to see if we could be each other’s backups.”
Consumers taking part in the challenge had a chance to win a £5,000 luxury holiday gift card.
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