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    Solomon reigns as 'Jungle Queen'


    by ODN


    Queen of the jungle Stacey Solomon is celebrating after winning ITV1's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here.

    The 21-year-old Dagenham girl defeated Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder in the final.

    Solomon, who finished third in the X Factor last year, won the viewers' phone-in poll last night after bravely dealing with a 'Bush spa' accompanied by crickets, cockroaches, rhino beetles, spiders and stick insects.

    Being presented with the crown by ITV2 presenter Caroline Flack and 2008 King of the Jungle Joe Swash, the single mother apologised for her bad breath, and said: "Thank you so much - I don't know what to say."

    The young singer was always the bookies' favourite to triumph in the reality television show.

    Interviewed before last night's winner was revealed she told presenters Ant and Dec: "I have had the time of my life."

    She said that she got along with all the contestants who included comedian Dom Joly, actor Nigel Havers, TV nutritionist Gillian McKeith and Olympic athlete Linford Christie.

    Solomon said she loved the Celebrity Cyclone and Super Scario trials and could not wait to watch them back.

    "They were wicked and no bugs," she said.

    "I've eaten brain and cockroach, real Bushtucker, I never turned down a trial, I just thought, 'you can do it'.