The veteran manager impressed viewers in the opener of the hit ITV show.
Showing up with his head hanging out of the side of a jeep rather than his usual Range Rover, Harry Redknapp entered I’m A Celebrity looking decidedly uninterested as the 2018 instalment kicked off last night. His nonchalant expression during the opening scenes backed up his claims of never having watched the programme in the past.
The 71-year-old took to the first challenges gamely though, delving into a box full of creepy-crawlies to secure a win for his team before kicking back to offer minimal support at the rear of a boat paddled to victory by Nick Knowles and co. He then delighted fellow celebrities by giving a truly managerial assessment of his team’s victory in the task.
Having grown into the competitive elements of the show so quickly, punters were quick to back Redknapp to go the distance. With 31% of bets in the last 24 hours, he is the second most backed in the market having been cut from 10/1 to 8/1 overnight in places (best price 10/1).
Considering ‘Arry’s high-profile status and plush lifestyle, viewers were endeared by his dependence on wife of 51 years Sandra Harris, and equally by his shock confession about running her over in a freak accident. The charismatic ex-Spurs boss gave glimpses of his sense of humour, which promises to come out in force as the show goes on.
Emily Atack is the clear favourite in the market at a best price of 10/3, and most backed since the show last night. The former Inbetweeners star overcame her fears when skydiving from 12,000 feet to join her new teammates.
With Atack facing the first Bushtucker trial and her team banished to Snake Rock to start their experience living off rations, the next few days will likely show the true colours of many campmates, shedding more light on the fan-favourites.
Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek said: “Redknapp is one of the most eagerly anticipated contestants for years, and his early showing didn't disappoint.
“Despite the odds on Atack shortening the most, it is actually the old Spurs boss who is seeing the most action from punters.”