Sam Thompson, King of the Jungle, ‘assisted’ Ellie Leach in winning Strictly Come Dancing.
No, the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star didn’t land from his Australia flight, and head straight to Ellie and Vito Coppola’s final training session to give them tips on how to improve their step-ball-change into a jump. Nonetheless, we like the concept of that situation happening.
Instead, he just contributed to a trend that boosted Ellie’s prospects by winning the ITV series.
Since 2012, if the I’m A Celebrity winner is male, the Strictly winner is female, and vice versa.
It all started in 2012, with Louis Smith winning Strictly and Charlie Brooks ruling the jungle.
Following suit have been ten more pairs – Abbey Clancy and Kian Egan, Caroline Flack and Carl Fogarty, Jay McGuiness and Vicky Pattison, Ore Oduba and Scarlett Moffatt, Joe McFadden and Georgia Toffolo, Stacey Dooley and Harry Redknapp, Kelvin Fletcher and Jacqueline Jossa, Bill Bailey and Giovanni Fletcher, Rose Ayling-Ellis and Danny Miller, and finally Hamzin Yassin and Jill Scott.
The pattern was noticed by TV reviewer Ian Hyland, who predicted Ellie, 22, would win the Glitterball trophy before she ever did a single high kick on Saturday night on X, previously Twitter. He thought she’d win because she was the only female contestant – Ellie’s opponents were Layton Williams and Bobby Brazier.
‘Random fact ahead of tonight’s #StrictlyFinal. Since McFly’s double triumph in 2011, whenever a man has won I’m A Celeb a woman has won Strictly – and whenever a woman has won I’m A Celeb a man has won Strictly.’
In 2011, Harry Judd won Strictly, but his bandmate Dougie Poutner triumphed in the jungle.
He concluded: ‘So yeah, thanks to Sam Thompson, Ellie is winning tonight.’
Random fact ahead of tonight’s #StrictlyFinal.
Since McFly’s double triumph in 2011, whenever a man has won I’m A Celeb a woman has won Strictly – and whenever a woman has won I’m A Celeb a man has won Strictly.
So yeah, thanks to Sam Thompson, Ellie is winning tonight.
— IAN HYLAND (@HylandIan) December 16, 2023
After his prediction came true he simply wrote: ‘Well.’
Of course, it was Ellie’s hard work and ability that achieved her victory, but it is an intriguing trend!
On This Morning, Sam, whose girlfriend Zara McDermott also participated on Strictly, got to meet and congratulate Ellie. Ellie’s little Glitterball award pleased the 31-year-old.
Sam, on the other hand, does not have the crown or sceptre that were both given to him as a sign of his I’m A Celebrity victory.
‘I didn’t keep any of it! They wouldn’t let me keep it! I really wanted to bring the sceptre back through airport security. I don’t have anything to show for it,’ he joked.