25 Apr 2023, 13:11
I’m A Celebrity returned to screens on Monday (April 24) with the first episode of an all-star series based in South Africa… and that means memes!
Social media users were rubbing their tweeting hands and cracking their knuckles with anticipation about the meme potential for this special run.
They were soon rewarded as celebrity contestants who have thrived in the jungle reality show before came together again. That’s because some of the famous faces couldn’t help but crack gags about ‘holes’ and ‘bushes’ as the first episode played out.
But with Gillian McKeith joining camp as a late entrant, and another challenge involving huge inflatable balls, the memes on Twitter went into overdrive… Here are viewers’ best memes from the opening episode of I’m A Celebrity… South Africa!
Ant and Dec gleefully await the tide of I’m A Celebrity… South Africa memes (Credit: ITV.com)
I’m A Celebrity… South Africa memes
Fatima Whitbread, Helen Flanagan and Phil Tufnell being tasked to swing on giant balls way, way up in the air was a gift to the memers on Twitter.
And fans watching at home immediately noticed a similarity between the challenge and a task in another show with daft obstacle course features.
— Emma Sealey 🇯🇲❤🇯🇲 (@Emma1240) April 24, 2023
Fatima Whitbread gave a heroic effort (Credit: ITV.com)
Fatima’s efforts were particularly lauded, even if she a resemblance to a Spongebob meme was detected.
— Dan 🔰 (@Dee_Cee95x) April 24, 2023
Indeed, many felt Fatima was holding the challenge together…
— Burty1497 (@burty1497) April 24, 2023
… particularly as Helen seemed more preoccupied with faffing about with her helmet.
— Judge Jack Russell (@jackrussjudge) April 24, 2023
Gillian McKeith turns up in camp (Credit: ITV.com)
Gillian McKeith memes
Elsewhere, the set up and reveal for Gillian’s involvement saw memers outdo themselves (but be warned, profanity is sometimes present).
Viewers were tickled by hosts Ant and Dec’s duplicitousness…
— Chloe ‘What’sOn’ 📺🍸🧑🚀 (@ChloeWhatsOn) April 24, 2023
… And many were amused that Shaun Ryder never saw the twist that was coming…
— Sam Farmer (@SamFarmer2) April 24, 2023
Shaun’s disbelief was evident for all to see. And his gobsmacked reactions will no doubt live on on social media for years to come…
— m. (@toriftolsen) April 24, 2023
Meanwhile, this very sweary clip involving Gemma Collins resurfaced…
— James Young (@YoungJames34) April 24, 2023
And this meme hilariously illustrated how the notoriously unresilient Gillian may have reacted if she was part of the earlier giant balls challenge.
— Fergalicious (@Jack_Fergie_19) April 24, 2023
I’m a Celebrity… South Africa continues on ITV tonight, Tuesday April 25, at 9pm.
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