Matt Hancock is seen trapped in a cage partially submerged in underwater water as he dives to collect stars in his latest I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! test.
The former health secretary, who was first seen on screen on the ITV show on Wednesday night, was elected to stand in Thursday’s Tentacles of Terror Bushtucker trial.
As a preview of the challenge, the 44-year-old chases stars to earn meals for camp while dodging the claws of small crayfish.
Hosts Declan Donnelly and Ant McPartlin watch Hancock tackle the lawsuit, with Donnelly commenting: “You have to hold your breath for a long time…”
He later adds, “Well, we’re coming down, your air pocket is getting smaller…”, to which McPartlin jokes, “What did you call it?” and Donnelly jokingly replies, “Air hole…”
The MP for West Suffolk joined the cast of the reality show on Wednesday November 9 after facing widespread criticism of his decision from the public and fellow politicians.
His arrival in the jungle was met with a mixture of shock, disbelief and uncontrollable laughter from his camp mates.
The episode averaged 7.9 million viewers, up 2.1 million from the equivalent episode last year, according to overnight figures from ITV.
Shortly after arriving, he took part in the Beastly Burrows Bushtucker Trial challenge alongside compatriot Seann Walsh, before being picked again by the public to face a runner-up.
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Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris suggested on Thursday that “many” politicians downloaded the show’s app to vote for Hancock to stand in further trials.
Speaking to Kay Burley on Sky News, he said: ‘He should be here with us to vote and debate in Parliament.
He added: “So I know the format of the show. I believe there are quite a few people in a building not too far from here, the House of Commons and the House of Lords, who downloaded a certain app to be able to vote. I don’t know if that’s a good thing.
“I read this morning what he said about how he wants to prove that all MPs are human, and it’s actually, you know, it’s true. All MPs are human, but I think we do it every day in our constituencies and what we do in Parliament.
During Wednesday’s episode, comedian Walsh, who made headlines in 2018 when he was pictured kissing his married partner Strictly Come Dancing Katya Jones, doubled in laughter after meeting Hancock in the jungle.
Later he exclaimed in the Bush Telegraph “Matt Hancock!” before laughing even more.
Hancock caused further turmoil as he entered the main camp, with many famous faces on the show shocked to see the MP, who had the Conservative Party whip removed after announcing his intention to join the show.
After their arrival, radio DJ Chris Moyles visited the Bush Telegraph and said, “Oh my god, two new people have arrived.
“One of them is Seann Walsh and the other – I have to go back and double check.”
Also speaking in the Bush Telegraph, soap opera star Sue Cleaver said: ‘I don’t know what to say.
Later, during a one-on-one with Hancock, Loose Women star Charlene White asked him, “Why are you here?”
“Because, the honest truth, there are so few ways politicians can show that we are human beings,” Hancock replied, to which White gave an incredulous look.
Hosts McPartlin and Donnelly also used Hancock’s arrival to poke fun at British politics and jokingly addressed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
“I don’t know how Matt is going to do at camp,” McPartlin said.
“You know, surrounded by people who don’t know what they’re doing, making it up as they go and just trying to get by day by day.”
Hancock and Walsh left their campmates somewhat disappointed after earning just six out of 11 stars in the Beastly Burrows challenge.
Political observers joined regular viewers to watch Hancock’s arrival on Wednesday, while some political opponents hit the MP again for his decision to step into the jungle.
The Liberal Democrats’ Twitter account said: ‘Never mind #ImACeleb and trying to win meals for a camp in the jungle, Matt Hancock should be in the UK in his office delivering to voters wondering where will come from their next meal.
“You are not a celebrity. You are an MP with a job to do.
I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! continues at 9 p.m. Thursday on ITV.