'The Only Way Is Essex' star Lauren Pope has confessed she couldn't enter the 'I'm A Celebrity' jungle because she'd "look so awful in it".

The reality TV star and DJ sympathises with former soap star Helen Flanagan, who's currently being subjected to repeated Bushtucker trials from the "evil" public.

Speaking to The Huffington Post UK, Lauren said: "I saw a bit of the trials that Helen had to do, poor girl. Out of everything I'd rather do 'I'm A Celeb' than 'Big Brother', but I couldn't eat those things."

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Lauren Pope at the Twilight premiere

And she added: "I hate spiders, I hate snakes, plus I would just look so awful in it. No tan, no make-up, no hair spray, it would just be hideous."

Lauren, who recently turned 30 and says she now cares "less about silly things", is currently gearing up for a live Christmas special with her 'TOWIE' co-stars.

She confessed she also has fears about that: "Falling flat on my face, saying something I shouldn't... Everyone just jumping out and having a go at you. Anything can happen."


Gemma Collins, Lauren Pope, Sam Faiers, Joey Essex and Cara Kilbey of The Only Way is Essex

The perma-tanned star promises the Christmas special will be more real than normal: "Nothing can be edited out. It's all one chance. I'm terrible, if I'm angry the words just come out of my mouth and I think my mum's going to kill me. Maybe I should warn her before this one."

Original 'TOWIE' cast member Amy Childs, who brought us the wonderful 'vagazzle', is rumoured to be returning for the festive episode. Would Lauren like to see her back on her turf?

"We find out when you guys do. I didn't know Kirk was coming back the other day till I saw it on TV. We are kept in the dark as well to make it more real so it's a genuine reaction," she explains.

But she admits: "I think it will be good for everyone to come back at some point, whether it will be good right now I don't know, but I think she'll make an appearance of some sort."

Asked how long she thinks the ITV2 show can go on for before it runs out of nightclub spats and beauty treatments, Lauren says: "I don't know, we all thought it would finish after a couple of series and now we're going into series 8 next year.

"I think they'll have to keep bringing in new people. Once the Christmas special is out the way, we'll all know what the situation is next year."

Lauren is currently working on a web TV show to promote the Motorola Razr i.

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  • Lauren Pope

    Popey possesses possibly the poutiest of all pouts in the land of TOWIE and she's not afraid to use them.

  • Gemma Collins

    TOWIE's token larger lady brings endless laughs. Not one to sweep things under the rug or avoid the awkward questions, Gemma once asked Greek twins Dino and Georgie if they look at each others penises.

  • Nanny Pat

    Everyone wants a nan like nanny Pat and everyone wants a bit of her sausage plait.

  • Harry Derbidge

    "Shuuuuuurp!" Harry not only has one of the best catchphrases on the show, he's also on the same level as the girls when it comes to tans, bleached hair and posing.

  • Mark Wright and James Argent

    Mark and Arg, Arg and Mark, The troublesome duo have one of the best bromances reality TV has ever seen - Mark even sat through Arg's colonic irrigation!

  • Mark Wright

    Mark's been branded just about every name going when it comes to his alleged philandering, but that hasn't stopped the TOWIE girls going near him. Anyone would think he's the only man in Essex.

  • Lydia Bright

    Lydia gets credit for having the most tasteful dress sense on the show, think more Chanel and less Agent Provocateur. She's also a hero for putting up with Arg and Mark's bromance. Not one to shy away from a fight, she's pretty good at putting Arg in his place.

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  • Sam Faiers and Amy Childs

    Amy may have left the show for "bigger and better" things, but in our mind she'll always be a TOWIE girl.

  • Joey Essex and Sam Faiers

    Joey Essex, you really can't get more Essex than him. He's also the closest thing to a male Barbie on television at the moment. Here's a rare picture of the "reem" ladies man wearing trousers and not short shorts. We think it's time he faced up to the fact that they're NEVER going to catch on.

  • Lauren Goodger

    It feels like we've seen Lauren cry more times than she's laughed on TOWIE (that will be the ex-boyfriend's fault of course), but here she is doing what she does best - looking pretty in a beautician's.

  • Jessica Wright and Maria Fowler

    Mark's sister Jessica and bubbly Maria know how to party (when the cameras are around).

  • Chloe Sims

    Plastic fantastic, Chloe's not ashamed to admit all the work she has had done to look <em>so</em> good. Her latest mission involves <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/10/25/towie-star-chloe-sims-bum-implants_n_1029986.html" target="_hplink">getting bum implants to improve her "flat screen" derrière. </a>