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I’m A Celebrity viewers have already declared David Ginola their winner

David won over viewers last night

Only two episodes of I’m A Celebrity have aired, but viewers have already declared their winner – ex-football star David Ginola!

After less than two hours of screen time, the Frenchman has already won over viewers’ hearts and is already a clear fan favourite.

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David Ginola told his I’m A Celebrity campmates how he died for 12 minutes in 2017 (Credit: ITV)

What did David get up to on last night’s I’m A Celebrity?

Last night’s show saw David reveal to his I’m A Celebrity campmates how he’d ‘died’ and come back to life on a football pitch. The incident happened during a charity football match in 2017.

David Ginola, now 54, had collapsed during the match and technically ‘died’ for 12 minutes, before being revived. Speaking of the incident, David said: “Just playing football at one stage and you just fall to the floor. So they have to perform CPR for 12 minutes and they arrive with the defibrillator and shock me one time, two times, three times…”

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The I’m A Celebrity star said after the fifth shock, he had a heartbeat. He said that the doctor had said to him: “You’ve been very lucky David, it’s a miracle. In your condition, 9 out of 10 would have died.”

He then went on to explain how he wondered if he had come back to life for a purpose when he was revived.

“It’s one of a kind,” David said of the incident. “You just walk like this and boom, fall over and it’s over. It is crazy when you think about it.”

“Come on, let’s cook some rice. We need some rice and beans to get stuck in!” he said, bringing the discussion to a close.

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David also showcased his leadership skills on I’m A Celebrity (Credit: ITV)

What else did David do?

Fans of I’m A Celebrity were also impressed with David’s leadership skills, which he displayed to campmates last night. The ex-Newcastle United star gave Danny Miller a pep talk before the Emmerdale star took part in a Bushtucker trial.

“Think about all the good things and not the bad things,” the footballing legend told the actor.

“So you can say ‘I’ve not done that before’. You’re gonna do it, you’re gonna do it. It’s as simple as that,” he continued.

“You’re strong. I believe in you. You’re gonna be proud of yourself, do it for you, just for you.”

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David has secured a place in I’m A Celebrity viewers’ hearts after just two days (Credit: ITV)

What did I’m A Celebrity fans say about David Ginola?

I’m A Celebrity fans were loving David on the show last night and took to Twitter to declare him the winner, three weeks early!

“If David Ginola doesn’t win I’m A Celeb then there’s something not right,” one fan said.

“Wow what a pep talk from David. David Ginola would have been a good football manager! I’m calling it now. David Ginola will win,” another I’m A Celebrity viewer tweeted.

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“David Ginola is going to win this at a canter,” a third fan wrote.

Today Betfair announced that David Ginola is now the outright favourite to win the series. The Frenchman is now at 2/1 to win I’m A Celebrity.

Betfair spokesman Sam Rosbottom said: “In just two days, football legend David Ginola has gone from the middle of the pack to clear 2/1 outright favourite to be king of the castle, with the viewing public and punters taking him to their hearts. After conquering his fears to complete the eating challenge, Danny Miller is 9/2 second-favourite while Frankie Bridge, previously on top spot, is now 5/1 third favourite.”

Other changes to odds include Arlene Phillips, who was previously at 60/1 and is now at 66/1, and Richard Madeley, who was previously at 9/1 and is now 14/1.

I’m A Celebrity continues tonight on ITV and ITV Hub at 9.15 pm.

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