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'I'm a Celeb' Limahl interview: 'Eric Bristow's playing up to cameras'

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After eight days in the jungle, '80s popstar Limahl was the second camper to be evicted from I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Sitting poolside at the plush Palazzo Versace resort on the Australian Gold Coast, the Kajagoogoo singer talks candidly to Digital Spy about his jungle journey...

I'm A Celebrity 2012: Limahl

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How do you feel, Limahl?
"I'm still shell shocked at being evicted, but I'm slowly getting back to normal. I'm summarising it this way - my time in the jungle was short and sweet; I left before it starts to get nasty. Less is more."

What do you mean by 'nasty'?
"I think that people are going to feel naturally more competitive as the end goal approaches, and perhaps they can taste the feeling of winning."

Since the show started, there have been tons of headlines about I'm a Celebrity in the press - but the big story is Brian Conley... What happened on the Monday he left the show? What did you see?
"Whenever there was an announcement in the jungle, a laminate was produced. Somebody in the camp would be requested to go to the Bush Telegraph to pick it up and read it out to all of the campmates - and that's exactly what happened with Brian Conley. We got a laminate saying something like, 'We are sorry to announce the departure of Brian due to medical reasons'. That's all we were told."

What did you see of Brian on the day he left the jungle?
"I didn't see Brian at all, but I did wonder where he was. He wandered off... Was he down by the shower or the pool on his own, contemplating? That's something I'd done myself."

Brian Connolly is seen on 'I'm A Celebrity... Get me Out Of Here' shown on ITV1 HDEngland - 18.11.12
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Did anyone realise Brian had disappeared?
"It's busy in the jungle. We'd do a lot of chores. You've got to get logs for the fire, you've got to cook the rice, cook the beans, wash your clothes, clean your bedding and then you're interacting with different people all the time. You're not paying attention to everything all the time, especially when there are 12 people in camp."

What's your lasting memory of Brian?
"I'd never met Brian Conley in person before this show, but it became clear to me very quickly why he's been successful. He's very funny. He's fast with his retorts and he's got a ton of experience. I did think he was a little bit hyper, but we were all a bit hyper in there because it's such an unusual circumstance."

There have been lots of mini breakdowns from the celebrities this year. What happened with you?
"Before my mini breakdown, I just wandered off on my own and I thought, 'This is terrible. I can't cope. They've sent me to Coventry. I don't know what I've done wrong. I don't think I can get through the next 10 days like this'."

Sounds like you were in a bad way...
"I was, but the whole internal battle that you're having is made easier by the fact that there's this camaraderie between the team. With that removed, I wouldn't have been able to get through it. I was like a smouldering volcano inside."

How did you get over your mini breakdown?
"I thought about my friends and family - and my partner Steve - seeing me upset. That made it worse. When I was called to the Bush Telegraph, I poured my heart out. I didn't intend to, but I could barely speak. I was so upset, but thankfully I pulled through."

I'm A Celebrity 2012: Linda Robson

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I'm A Celebrity 2012: Colin Baker

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Who is having the hardest time in the jungle?
"Colin and Linda have both been vocal about wanting to leave. Colin is very stressed and Linda is missing her family. That's why I was so surprised to hear my name called in the jungle because I haven't been vocal about leaving early. I thought, 'If someone says they want to leave early, perhaps the viewers will vote for them to leave early'. That didn't happen, though."

Why do you think you were voted out?
"I think I got voted out because I had a mini breakdown and the public don't like whining celebrities. Perhaps they thought I was whining? I didn't mean to."

There's been a huge debate about Helen Flanagan this series. Is she doing a Gillian McKeith in the jungle and faking it?
"Listen... When I arrived in the jungle, Helen was in turmoil. She seemed incredibly unfocused and not together. She was running around chain-smoking and not eating. She was in tears, incredibly needy, looking for comfort and insecure."

This doesn't sound too positive...
"It wasn't. Helen was paranoid about the trial the next day and paranoid about what her family and boyfriend were seeing; it was awful to witness. I felt terribly sorry for her."

Why did Helen change from a screaming diva who won no stars to the Jungle Jane who won all 12 stars?
"I think Helen reached rock bottom and she could see the campmates were getting more and more agitated with her, as well as more and more hungry. The day she came back with 12 stars, nobody wanted to give her sympathy. It was the complete opposite. David said to her, 'Helen, you've got to come back with some stars because we've got to eat. We've given you all the sweet talk and we've given you nice hugs. That hasn't worked, so today we're getting tough on you'. It worked."

Eric Bristow, I'm a Celebrity

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Who is the most competitive in the jungle?
"Eric has been quite vocal that he'd like to win it. I think he's got a good chance, if the darts fraternity is watching."

Who is playing up to the cameras?
"It's Eric who is playing up to the cameras. He loves those cameras. He's performing. He's performing very well."

What about Helen? Is she playing up for the cameras?
"Somebody whispered to me, 'Is the whole Helen thing a big act?' Well, she'd have to be an amazing actress to pull that off. There were clues to Helen's character, which tie in with how she's behaved. She fell asleep in the sun, which everybody knows is very dangerous - especially in Australia. She's got very white skin. She's a fragile thing. I said, 'Helen, you're going to get third degree burns and then you're never going to get through this ordeal'."

Helen Flanagan high-fives Dec after winning 12 stars for camp during her fifth bush tucker trial Deadly Deliveries on 'I'm A Celebrity... Get me Out Of Here' shown on ITV1 HDEngland - 18.11.12
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How did she respond to that?
"She said to me, 'I'll be fine, Limahl. Don't worry'. Another time, she fell asleep overnight in very little clothing and she managed to get herself so cold that her feet turned purple. She's very unskilled in survival skills for life. She's only 22."

Did the medics have to see her?
"Nadine pointed it out to Helen. She said, 'Helen, your feet have gone purple because your blood is needed for your main organs to survive. You really have to get warm'. After that, Helen went around with three layers of clothing saying, 'I'm really cold and I don't know why'. It's because she'd fallen asleep all night with no clothes on!"

Do you have any regrets about your time in the jungle?
"No, I've got no regrets. It's been an incredible spiritual journey and a test. There's been mental strain and physical strain, but I'm really glad I did the show. It's been great."

I'm a Celebrity continues tonight (November 24) at 9.45pm on ITV1.

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