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Sunday 16th December 2018

I'm A Celebrity viewers melt over Anne Hegerty's transformation

Everyone's noticed how different she is

If we've learned anything from I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! over the years, it's that the jungle can change a person - and no-one has transformed more on this series than Anne Hegerty.

Viewers were blown away on Tuesday's show as The Chase star stormed her trial and admitted she was finally starting to have fun in the camp - just a week after threatening to walk out during a breakdown.

Anne has formed close friendships in the jungle (Credit: ITV)

After another intense episode, where Anne - who has Asperger's Syndrome - smashed the Hellish Hospital trial, she told her new friends how much things had turned around, saying: "I started out being absolutely feeble and pathetic.

"I've been thinking the last few days, yeah, you know what? This is fun. This is starting to be fun."

The Chase star got seven stars at the Hellish Hospital (credit: ITV)

The official I'm A Celeb account tweeted their joy, calling her comment: "The words we've all been waiting to hear from @anne_hegerty."

Fleur East talked about the transformation in her pal, saying: "Anne has changed so much as a person in the time she's been here. She's become a lot braver."

Emily Atack added later in the show: "To see Anne now - compared to how she was at Snake Rock right at the beginning - I'm just in awe of her. I think she's just absolutely amazing."

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Fans rushed to praise the TV star's transformation, with one emotional fan tweeting: "When the show first started she looked so overwhelmed I didn't think she would last more than a few days. So pleased I've been proved wrong and so happy to see how much she's smiling and laughing now. She even looks like she's enjoying herself! Go Anne!!!"

She had fun with the girls down in the water (credit: ITV)

Another commented: "That woman has over come so much that we take for granted #annetowin."

That woman has over come so much that we take for granted

A third added: "I'm delighted she's starting to have a good time 😄 She's smashed that trial and proved the doubters wrong. She's improving and you can see her confidence grow. I love Anne ❤️."

Others praised her more generally, writing: "She melts my heart what a great person she is xx." Another addressed her directly, saying: "Yes Anne 🙌🏻 Once in a lifetime, enjoy it 💛."

Anne has surprised viewers by killing the challenges (Credit: ITV)

A third was overjoyed for her, tweeting: "She’s doing so well I love Anne." While a fourth said: "Anne you are an absolute inspiration!! Everyone is so proud of you!! #teamanne you’ve got this and your camp mates have got you!! Enjoy every minute 🙌👏👊."

The TV star had a shaky start to the series, breaking down on the first day, with show bosses reportedly fearing she could walk.

She then faced criticism for being ruled out of a few Bushtucker trials on medical grounds.

She downed fish guts in 12 seconds flat (Credit: ITV)

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But fans rushed to defend their favourite contestant and since then Anne's gone from strength to strength, downing fish guts earlier this week and breaking a record in the process.

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