Sporting a questionable new look and making an easy meal of his Disgustation Tucker Trial, Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff has sailed through to the final of the Australian version of ‘I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here.’
The dad-of-three, who has been in the South African jungle since he entered the show during episode 12 as a “camp intruder” with chef, Julie Goodwin, and has won the hearts of the Australian public in the process.
In one of his final tasks on the TV show, Freddie had to chow down on some less-than-savoury snacks in the now infamous Tucker Trial.
During the seven courses of critters, the 37-year-old former Lancashire cricketer who grew up in Preston, chowed down on a cockroach, an emperor scorpion, a rat’s tail and the egg sack of a Snook fish
“It’s like an extension of sushi isn’t it,” Freddie said of the egg sack.
And when faced with the option of eating either the scorpion or a portion of beef lasagna, Freddie went for the surprising option.
“I don’t really eat carbs,” he said.
“You don’t get a body like mine by eating carbs so I’m going to eat the scorpion.”
And as he asked one of the show’s presenters, Doctor Chris Brown, to feed him the deadly creature, he deemed the snack, “squelchy and quite bitter”.
And the former England all-rounder ate a cockroach with such nonchalance that the show’s presenter ended up vomiting.
Now Freddie must see of his fellow finalists, former AFL player, Barry Hall, and TV personality Chrissie Swan in tomorrow’s live final.
The winner of the night’s finale will be awarded $100,000 for their chosen charity and Network Ten, the television channel screening the show, are hoping ratings reflect the strong interest on social media.
Barry and Chrissie entered the jungle from day one whereas Freddie, Flintoff entered two weeks into the show.
“It’s quite strange being from England,” Freddie said speaking in the Bush Telegraph, about being in the final.
“It is quite a big compliment from the Aussies.
“I’m very humbled, very surprised but at the same time very grateful.”