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Saturday 1 November 2014

I'm a Celebrity -- and having the time of my life in jungle

HELEN Flanagan and her fake tan got the boot last night -- as Irish TV stars Laura Whitmore and Amanda Byram partied poolside.

While Helen and her campmates have been complaining of hunger, Amanda (39) and Laura (27) have been sampling the finer things in life at one of Australia's luxury hotels.

Laura is hosting I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here Now for ITV2 and fellow TV host Amanda is featuring on the programme as a guest panellist.

The bikini-clad pair lapped up the Gold Coast rays poolside after finishing filming yesterday.







Nasty

While the celebrities braved cockroaches and other nasty creatures in the rain forest, Laura and Amanda enjoyed frolicking in the pool with former EastEnders star Joe Swash. Bray native Laura has been in Australia for the past month working on her programme alongside Joe.

Dubliner Amanda jetted over the Gold Coast last weekend as a guest panellist on the show and the Irish pair appear to be getting on famously.







Friends

They became good friends after Amanda moved from America to London last year, where Laura lives with her boyfriend, Coronas frontman Danny O'Reilly.

Perhaps Amanda and Laura will cheer up former Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan after her exit from the jungle.

Helen was in tears as she bid her campmates goodbye. The 22-year-old will be remembered by many for failing six trials in a row -- the public had voted her to do them -- and it meant the camp had no food for a week.

She finally got 12 stars in her seventh trial -- and has gained a massive following despite the failures. She was even being tipped in some quarters to win.

However, last night Helen's time in the jungle finally came to an end after she received the lowest number of votes from the public.

She looked shocked as well as tearful when she got the chop, exclaiming: "Oh my God."







Failures

But when quizzed by hosts Ant and Dec about her continued failures in the trials, Flanagan laughed off any notion of a "game plan".

Despite failing to succeed in the trials, Flanagan said she was still "proud" of how she coped.

"When I first came into the show I was thinking 'Yeah, I'm really strong-minded, I'll be able to do all the trials and things'.

"I didn't think they were going to be as hard."

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