26/11/2012 21:36 GMT | Updated 26/01/2013 10:12 GMT

I'M A CELEBRITY: Helen Flanagan Finally Leaves The Jungle, After Proving Herself To Her Campmates

Helen Flanagan has become the latest celebrity to leave the jungle, defying expectations that she wouldn't last more than a few hours in the outback without her home comforts.

The Coronation Street star was narrowly defeated by Hugo Taylor and set off across the rope bridge back to the real world, after spending 17 days in the camp.

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Helen's swansong involved dressing as a gnome and going fishing

During that time, she came a long way. She started out as the undisputed resident drama queen, squealing over everything from the moment she set foot on the wood planks to wobble her way into camp.

For her diva antics and general ineptitude, she was rewarded in a way the British public do best - by being voted to participate in every bushtucker trial going, where she set a new record - five trials in a row, and no meals for any campmates.

"When I first came in the show, I thought I was going to be really strong-minded," she told Ant and Dec after she exited the camp, before remembering how her fear of heights undid her from the beginning when she had to enter the camp via a rope-bridge.

"When you are in the jungle, it is your life, so it's crazy," she reflected. But she added, "I'm proud of myself because I know I did my best."

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During her time in the jungle, Helen earned the increasing respect of her campmates, including Ashley Roberts

Out of all the contestants, she said she wanted David to win - not the first person exiting the jungle to say this.

David had once again proved his alpha-male camp credentials, winning another six out of a possible seven stars in Cruelty Towers, the same test that Helen lasted all of five seconds in previously.

Back at fireside, the contestants were becoming increasingly mellow with each other, swapping stories about their earliest jobs, despite an extended altercation between Rosemary and Hugo which started - as all arguments do - over why their clothes were smelly.

Although neither side was willing to concede, they finished with a hug, an impressive display of self-control from both. As Eric remarked to Hugo from his customary hammock, "You've come a long way in 19 days."

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