Why Holly Willoughby’s first reaction to I’m A Celebrity jungle was to cry

Holly Willoughby was so overwhelmed at being in the I’m A Celebrity jungle that she instantly broke down in tears, her co-host Declan Donnelly has revealed.

Speaking on last night’s I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp, Dec gave away Holly’s emotional reaction to arriving at the camp for the first time.

"The first day we walked down and we showed Holly the camp, and we’re walking in and I’m like, ‘This is where we stand’ and I looked and she wasn’t there," he told spin-off hosts Scarlett Moffatt, Joe Swash and Joel Dommett.

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Holly burst into tears when she finally arrived in the camp
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"I turned around and she was at the entrance of the camp just looking up, and there’s little tears in her eyes, she went, ‘It’s beautiful!’"

A slightly bashful Holly tried to explain why she’d had such a strong reaction – and accidentally gave away spoilers about the campmates not getting on.

"There was no-one in it at that point, so you didn’t have the chaos of the celebrities, there was no arguments, it was just peaceful. It was a bit magical really," she said.

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Dec said Holly was crying when she arrived
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I’m A Celebrity 2018 got off with a huge bang with 11.9million viewers tuning in for the launch show – up a whopping 51% on last year’s viewing figures.

Fans of the show were intrigued to see how Holly got on in her jungle debut – but already there are whispers that she’s doing so well, she could replace Ant McPartlin permanently.

Ant, of course, has been taking the rest of the year off to recover from his drink and drug addictions after going into rehab for the second time following his drink-drive car crash.

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Why Holly Willoughby's first reaction to I'm A Celebrity jungle was to cry

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Why Holly Willoughby's first reaction to I'm A Celebrity jungle was to cry

Holly said the camp is ‘magical’

But he sent Dec and Holly a sweet message before the show started, tweeting them to say: "All the very best of luck to the little fella and @ hollywills for the show tonight. Lots of love from the big fella!! A # ImACeleb Xxxxxx

He’s since left the UK for warmer climes with his girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett, where they’re relaxing in the sun while Dec and Holly steer the good ship I’m A Celeb.

*I’m A Celebrity continues tonight at 9pm on ITV

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