The stars of this season of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here partied into the night after yesterday’s live finale – but some had more reason to celebrate than others.
This year’s winner Abbie Chatfield was photographed cutting loose, posing for photographers with her hard-earned crown atop her head, and drinking from a glass of champagne.
Runner-up Grant Denyer looked decidedly more subdued:
Seven remaining celebrities had a chance of winning the live finale: Grant Denyer, Abbie Chatfield, Jess Eva, Travis Varcoe, Ash Williams, Toni Pearen and Colin Fassnidge.
The winner was determined by votes from the public and at the end of the night it came down to Abbie and Grant.
But Abbie walked away with the title and won $100,000 for her chosen charity, Dementia Australia. She’d nominated it as her chosen charity because her grandma, who passed away last June, had dementia.
As with most things she did this season, Abbie’s win wasn’t without some controversy, with some viewers smarting that season favourite Pearen finished a lowly fourth.
But Abbie had a typically outspoken message for her haters posted to her Instagram stories late last night – no doubt fuelled by a celebratory champagne or two.
Earlier yesterday, former Bach star Chatfield made what she happily admitted was a “desperate” final plea for votes via her Instagram, telling her followers: “Do it for someone who has been dumped on TV three times now … Give me a vote. Am I begging? Yes. Just like I beg for all of my relationships. I love you all so much. Am I desperate? Yes. Do I have anxious attachment issues? Yes.”
It worked – Chatfield joins a select group of Aussie stars who’ve taken out the popular audience vote to win I’m A Celeb:
Season 1: Freddie Flintoff
Season 2: Brendan Fevola
Season 3: Casey Donovan
Season 4: Fiona O’Loughlin
Season 5: Richard Reid
Season 6: Miguel Maestre