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Read voted out of celebrity show
Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read
Bookmakers offered odds of 9/4 on Read's early eviction
Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has become the first contestant to be evicted from TV reality show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

At odds of 9/4, he was the bookmakers' second favourite to fall victim to the show's first public eviction vote.

The 10/11 favourite, former athlete Diane Modahl, remains with the eight other contestants in their jungle camp.

An average of 11 million people saw Read get voted out, providing ITV1 with one of its biggest ratings hits.

More than 44% of the viewing public watched the show - with BBC One's drama Sea of Souls attracting an average audience of 5.7 million.

I'm A Celebrity... has kept viewers hooked with a series of "Bushtucker trials" in which contestants have faced various nature challenges, some involving jungle wildlife.

Cockroach test

In Monday's episode Alex Best, estranged wife of former footballer George Best, crawled through five tanks containing - among other things - eels, snakes and spiders.

On Sunday's show, model Jordan and former Atomic Kitten singer Kerry McFadden set about eating grubs, worms, cockroaches and fish eyes in order to win meals for the camp.

Former punk singer John Lydon is current 6/4 favourite to win the contest, followed by Jordan and aristocrat Lord Brocket.

Contestants, also including former Royal correspondent Jennie Bond and singer Peter Andre, are spending up to 15 nights in a remote camp in the Australian rainforest to raise money for charity.


SEE ALSO:
Modahl tipped to exit jungle show
02 Feb 04  |  Entertainment
Lydon favourite to win Celebrity
28 Jan 04  |  Entertainment
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