When it comes to reality TV, few shows have managed to capture the public imagination as well as I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! First aired in the August of 2002, it puts various celebrities into a jungle environment for a period of weeks, putting them through tasks assigned by the watching public. Voting takes place to decide which of the celebrities will be named the ‘King’ or ‘Queen’ of the jungle, depending on their gender. Hosted by Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, it has since been licensed to numerous countries around the world.
If you’re thinking of placing a wager on the programme then the question that you’ll be keen to get an answer to is whether the British public prefer male or female competitors when it comes to voting for a winner. There are times, such as when former Health Secretary Matt Hancock went on the show, when the public seems to enjoy getting people to do tasks as a form of punishment for how they are in real life. Other times, the success of the celebrities at doing the challenges is what helps them to win over the public, getting votes as the winner of the crown as a result.
Quick Answer: How Many Kings and Queens of the Jungle Have there Been in I’m a Celebrity?
Between the first series of Britain’s I’m a Celebrity in 2002 and the All Star series in 2023, there have been twelve male winners (Kings) and eleven female winners (Queens). The represents a roughly even split of 52% male winners to 48% female winners.
Looking At Previous Seasons
With versions of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! now taking place in the countries like Australia, Germany, Russia, India and Finland, it is entirely fair to suggest that the show has become a phenomenon. We, of course, are focussed on the version that is shown in the United Kingdom, although it might be interesting to look at other countries and see if there is any correlation in results. Between the first series in 2002 and the end of the one broadcast in 2023, there were 23 seasons of the show shown in the UK. Here is a look at the winners of each series:
List of UK I’m a Celebrity Winners – 2002 to 2023
|Year||Series||Winner||King or Queen?|
|2023||All Stars||Myleene Klass||Queen|
Across the 23 seasons that we’re looking at, then, there have been 12 Kings of the Jungle and 11 Queens of the Jungle. In other words, it is seemingly too close to call in terms of how much the gender seems to matter when it comes to the eventual winner of the series, although male participants seem to have a slight advantage over their female counterparts. Although, much like Brexit, it is 52% in favour of the men and 48% for the women. It seems as though the actual participants are the most important factor.
I’m a Celebrity Contestants By Series
Knowing that there were 12 male winners and 11 female ones between the first series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2002 and the All Stars version in 2023 is all well and good, but that doesn’t tell us a huge amount in and of itself. After all, if the first ten seasons only featured men then it was always going to be the case that they would win. Instead, it is perhaps helpful to take a closer look at each of the seasons in order to get a sense of whether one gender was always more likely to win than another, accepting that there are more than two genders in the modern age.
In the first series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, this is the celebrity line-up along with how many bushtucker trials there were asked to do and their final position in the show:
I’m a Celebrity Series 1 Contestants (2002)
There were five men and three women in series one, so it is not overly surprising that a man won it purely in terms of numbers. Tony Blackburn also did the most bushtucker trials, so it will be interesting to see how often that is the case for the winner.
In series two of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, they decided to increase the number of participants to ten. Here is how they lined up and how they got on:
I’m a Celebrity Series 2 Contestants (2003)
|Antony Worrall Thompson||1||5th|
Danniella Westbrook withdrew from the competition, so technically didn’t finish, although her withdrawal came the day after Siân Lloyd was eliminated. There were five men and five women that began the series, with Phil Tufnell doing the joint-second most trials.
The third series followed the lead of the second, having ten contestants enter the jungle in order to take on the trials. Here is who they were and how they got on:
I’m a Celebrity Series 3 Contestants (2004)
John Lydon withdrew from the series after completing one bushtucker trial, although he lasted longer than Mike Reid and Diane Modahl and left on the same day as Neil Ruddock was eliminated. Again, there were five men and five women, with Kerry Katona becoming the first Queen of the Jungle after having done the joint-most trials.
The fourth series saw 11 celebrities head into the jungle, with six of them being men and five women.
I’m a Celebrity Series 4 Contestants (2004)
As a result, it was mildly more likely that a male would win and Joe Pasquale duly obliged, being named King of the Jungle after having done the joint-first most trials. Natalie Appleton and Brian Harvey both withdrew.
There were 12 contestants ready to take part in series five of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!. Here is how each of them got on:
I’m a Celebrity Series 5 Contestants (2005)
With an equal split between men and women, it was technically equally likely that there would be either a King or a Queen of the jungle. That being said, Elaine Lordan withdrew on day one and Kimberley Davies left on day 11, meaning that the scales were slightly tipped in favour of their being a King. Carol Thatcher was crowned the Queen of the Jungle, however, having done the most trials.
In the sixth series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, there were once again 12 celebrities taking part. Here is how they got on:
I’m a Celebrity Series 6 Contestants (2006)
Once again it was an even split between possible kings and possible queens, with the eventual winner being former Busted singer Matt Willis. This was the first series in which the winner didn’t do either the most, joint-most, second most or joint-second most bushtucker trials.
The seventh series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! saw another 12 celebrities enter the jungle. This is how they each performed:
I’m a Celebrity Series 7 Contestants (2007)
|Anna Ryder Richardson||1||6th|
The producers continued to get the balance right, with six men and six women entering the jungle for series 7. That Malcolm McLaren withdrew on day one meant that it was slightly more likely that there would be a Queen of the Jungle, but in the end Christopher Biggins won having done the third-most trials.
Here is a look at the 12 celebrities that took part in series 8:
I’m a Celebrity Series 8 Contestants (2008)
|David Van Day||3||4th|
The first season in a while where it wasn’t an even split, series 8 of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! featured seven men and five women. It was a return of the winner doing the most trials, with Joe Swash crowned King of the Jungle after doing seven of them.
In the ninth series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, Katie Price became the first celebrity to return to the jungle. It also saw the introduction of Bush Battles, which we’re counting as the same as trials for the purposes of ease. Here’s how everyone got on:
I’m a Celebrity Series 9 Contestants (2009)
All of Katie Price, Camilla Dallerup and George Hamilton withdrew at various stages of the series. There were seven men and six women, with the winner being Gino D’Acampo. He did the most trials and bush battles combined, taking part in eight in total.
The bush battles were abandoned for series 10 of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Here is how the various celebrities got on
I’m a Celebrity Series 10 Contestants (2010)
There were 13 contestants again for series 10, although Nigel Havers withdrew on day nine. There were seven women and six men, which dropped to five after Havers’ department. Stacey Solomon was crowned Queen of the Jungle after doing the joint-most trials.
Series 11 followed previous ones by having 13 contestants taking part. It introduced ‘chest challenges’, but we are ignoring them as they didn’t involve any sort of horrible thing in the manner of the trials. Here is how the celebrities got on:
I’m a Celebrity Series 11 Contestants (2011)
Freddie Starr left on day three of the series, meaning that the six men were reduced to five compared to the seven women. Even so, it was Dougie Poynter who was crowned King of the Jungle, having done the second-most trials.
It was a return to 12 celebrities for series 12 of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, which brought dingo dollar challenges into the series. Again, we’ll ignore these over the bushtucker trials. Here is a look at how everyone got on:
I’m a Celebrity Series 12 Contestants (2012)
There were an equal number of men and women, but Brian Conley’s withdrawal on day nine shifted that balance in favour of the women. Charlie Brooks was crowned Queen of the Jungle having done the joint-second most bushtucker trials.
It remained 12 celebrities that took part in series 13 of the show, which still included the dingo dollar challenge that we’re ignoring. Here is how the celebrities coped:
I’m a Celebrity Series 13 Contestants (2013)
There were seven men and five women, so statistically there should’ve been a male winner. So it proved when Kian Egan won having done the second-most bushtucker trials.
It was still 12 celebrities taking part in season 14, which also maintained the dingo dollar challenge that we’ll continue to pay no attention to. Here is how the various celebrities did:
I’m a Celebrity Series 14 Contestants (2014)
It was an even split between men and women for this series, with Carl Fogarty emerging as the King of the Jungle having done the joint-most trials.
In series 15 of the show, it was back to 13 celebrities taking part with the dingo dollar challenges remaining. Here is how things went:
I’m a Celebrity Series 15 Contestants (2015)
|Lady Colin Campbell||8||N/A|
Both Spencer Matthews and Lady Colin Campbell withdrew from the jungle on day five and day 17 respectively. Prior to that, there were seven men and six women, but Vicky Pattison managed to defy the numbers and be crowned Queen of the Jungle, having completed the joint-most trials.
Dingo dollar challenges remained in series 16, which we’re ignoring for the purposes of this. It saw 12 celebrities enter the jungle, with the following being how they performed:
I’m a Celebrity Series 16 Contestants (2016)
The split between men and women as seven to five, but Scarlett Moffatt managed to defeat her male competitors and be crowned Queen of the Jungle. She did the joint-second most bushtucker trials.
Another 12 celebrities went into the jungle to see who would emerge as the winner, with the following being how they got on in the trials:
I’m a Celebrity Series 17 Contestants (2017)
It was an even split between men and women, with Jack Maynard shifting the odds when he withdrew on day three. Georgia Toffolo became the third woman in succession to be named Queen of the Jungle, having completed the most trials.
It was a rare 11 celebrities that entered the jungle for series 18, with the following being how they all got on:
I’m a Celebrity Series 18 Contestants (2018)
With six men and five women, the odds were slightly in the favour of there being a King of the Jungle. Harry Redknapp met those odds, earning the crown with the joint-most trials.
It was a return to 12 contestant for series 19 of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! This time no one left early, but there was still a 7-12 split of men and women. Here is how everyone got on:
I’m a Celebrity Series 19 Contestants (2019)
In spite of the fact that the women were out-numbered, it was a Queen of the Jungle that reigned in series 19. Jacqueline Jossa won having done the joint-most bushtucker trials.
Series 20 was filmed in Gwrych Castle in Abergele, moving to Wales rather than New South Wales. Castle coin challenges were there, but we’re ignoring them for this. There were 12 celebrities and here is how it went for them all:
I’m a Celebrity Series 20 Contestants (2020)
There was an equal split of male and female celebrities for series 20, with Giovanna Fletcher being named Queen of the Jungle after completed the joint-third most trials.
The 21st series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! was also filmed in Wales, meaning that the castle coin challenge remained but will be ignored for the purposes of this. Here is how things went:
I’m a Celebrity Series 21 Contestants (2021)
There were seven men and five women who entered the Jungle for series 21, although Richard Madeley left on day five. Still, the numbers were with the men and it was a man that won, with Danny Miller becoming the King of the Jungle after doing the second-most trials.
It was back to Australia for series 22, which once again featured 12 celebrities. We continue to focus on the bushtucker trials and here is how the celebrities got on:
I’m a Celebrity Series 22 Contestants (2022)
Seven men and five women entered the jungle, with Olivia Attwood having to withdraw due to medical reasons on day two. Despite the numerical disadvantage, it was Jill Scott who was crowned Queen of the Jungle, taking part in the second-most trials.
All Stars (2023)
Taking place in South Africa, the All Stars edition saw previous participants return to the jungle. There were 15 celebrities, which is the most of the time period we’re looking at. Here is how it went:
I’m a Celebrity All Stars Contestants (2023)
There were eight men and seven women, with Janice Dickinson withdrawing on day 11 to shift things further in favour of the men. Even so, it was another Queen of the Jungle that was crowned at the end of the series when Myleene Klass was given the crown having completed the second-most trials.
Do Men or Women Have an Advantage in the Jungle?
This in-depth look into the world of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! tells us quite a lot. For starters, it doesn’t seem to matter what the split between male and female celebrities is in terms of who is most likely to win. If you want to get a sense of likely winners, the best thing to do is to have a look at the number of trials they are asked to complete. Across the 23 series that we’ve looked at, there were only three occasions on which the winner didn’t do either the most, joint-most, second most or joint-second most trials during the series.
One thing that is interesting is that only really three of the celebrities that went on to win their series could be said to be from ethnic minorities. Myleene Klass is the daughter of an Austrian father and Filipino mother, whilst Giovanna Fletcher is the daughter of an English mother and Italian father. Stacey Solomon’s father, meanwhile, is of Iraqi-Jewish and Polish-Jewish descent. That is, at the very least, worth bearing in mind.
Of all of the celebrities that took part in the series during the dates we’ve looked at, there have been 137 men, not including those that returned for the All Stars series. There have been 121 women, which means that the split is 53% men to 47% women. That is broadly in line with the percentage of male to female winners.
Are there more Kings or Queens of the Jungle? The men have it, but only just and broadly in line with how many male celebrities there have been.