With forest fires raging just 40 miles away from this year’s I’m a Celeb camp, we’ve crowned the King of the Jungle, just in case this year’s celebrities don’t make it into the camp.
We took the birthplace of each of the ten contestants (other than Polish-born Ola Jordan who now lives in Maidstone) and ranked their level of jungle royalty based on the change in the average house price since the show last aired a year ago. Emoov also took into account which contestant’s hometown offered the most affordable proposition in terms of average house price in the event of a tie.
Based on this research, we predict that the next KING of the Jungle will be Jordan Banjo. The Diversity dance star may no longer be a household name, but his birthplace of Wickford near Basildon has seen property prices increase by +21% over the last year, the largest of all the contestants by far.
His Queen of the Jungle, in second place, is two-time Rear of the Year Carol Vorderman. Carol’s birthplace of Bedford has seen an increase of +15% in property values over the last year, enough to tie her with third and fourth place Lisa Snowden and actor Larry Lamb.
However, with a current average house price of £264,257, she beats Lisa and Larry to the second spot with the more affordable property values.
Both Lisa who was born in Welwyn Garden City and Larry who was born in Edmonton, Enfield, have the most expensive average house prices of all the celebrities at £381,280 and £396,630 respectively.
England football star Wayne Bridge places fifth with the average house price in his birthplace of Southampton up 12% in the last year. (£201,464) affordable enough to see off Joel Dommet from Skins (South Gloucestershire: £258,689) and dancer Ola Jordan (Maidstone: £280,256) in a three-way tie, with each location having enjoyed a +12% increase in the last year.
Although this puts him in a three-way tie with Joel Dommet from Skins (South Gloucestershire: £258,689) and dancer Ola Jordan (Maidstone: £280,256) his home town’s average house price of £201,464 is affordable enough to see them both off.
Emmerdale actor Adam Thomas claims the eighth spot. Born in Manchester where the current average house price is £154,711, property values have increased by +9% over the last year.
Olympian Sam Quek narrowly misses out on last place, with her home area of the Wirral only seeing an increase of +4% in the last year.
Sadly, for one of the bookies favourites Scarlett Moffat, her birthplace of Bishop Auckland in County Durham has seen property values creep up by just +2% placing her last in the royal rankings.
Although most of these celebrities will have long left their hometowns and moved on to more affluent parts of the UK property market, we thought it was important to rank them on where they came from, not where they’ve made it to.
Historically it seems to be the most genuine contestants that have the right recipe for I’m a Celeb royalty, should this be the case we could well see our table reversed when it comes to the real thing.
The property market in County Durham has taken a bit of a battering over the last year or two, so it would be great if Scarlett could bring home the crown and give the area something to cheer about.Russell Quirk