I’m a celebrity… get me out of here! fellow campmates reflected that Matt Hancock was ‘trying to tell us something’ during a karaoke session on the latest episode of the ITV show.
The former health secretary played Queen’s hit I Want To Break Free, while the contestants enjoyed a session at the Jungle Arms pub on Tuesday night.
Despite stumbling a few times with missed cues, Hancock was praised for “going for it” during his performance.
Campmates were served booze, pizza, chips and Twiglets, before each took the stage for individual performances.
After Hancock’s performance, comedian Seann Walsh told the Bush Telegraph: “I think Matt was trying to tell us something when he sang I Want To Break Free… be free Matt.”
Soap star Owen Warner added, “Whatever you have to say about Matt Hancock, he absolutely went for it tonight and he loved it, everyone did.”
Other contestants were less impressed, with comedian Babatunde Aleshe saying, “Lord have mercy, what was Matt doing?”
The West Suffolk MP, who previously admitted on the show to being an Ed Sheeran fan, described his karaoke experience as “brilliant”.
“I’m a huge Queen fan but I could have sang anyone equally bad but it was amazing,” he told the Bush Telegraph.
Other performances came from Lioness star Jill Scott who covered the Black Eyed Peas’ 2003 hit Where Is The Love?
“I think music and dancing and good drinks, where can you go wrong? There was definitely no one sad at the Jungle Arms tonight,” she said.
Boy George also got celebrities dancing with a performance of his band’s 1983 hit Karma Chameleon, just before he became the fourth celebrity to be voted off the reality show.
The Culture Club singer, 61, was announced as the celebrity with the fewest votes by presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.
Reflecting on Hancock’s participation in the show with the duo, Boy George said: “Having Matt here has been really challenging for a lot of reasons…
“By the way, it’s just one person. Here he’s just a person, he stepped in, he was really, really doing a lot to help everyone, so I can’t judge him on that.
Elsewhere in the episode, Hancock opened up about his childhood in conversation with some of his fellow campmates.
During a discussion on generational differences, she spoke about the difficulties her family faced after her parents’ company ran into financial problems when she was a teenager.
He was asked by Walsh, “Did you have bailiffs around your Matt?”
Hancock responded, “When the business nearly went bankrupt, we almost lost everything.
“You know when you type your postcode on the internet and it shows your address? My stepfather wrote that software. The business started in ’88 and nearly went bankrupt in the early 1990s. Because he had to write the software, so it took years.
She continued: “We were about to lose our home, both my stepfather and my mother would have lost their jobs. It was quite heartbreaking. I was about 14.
To which Walsh, 36, said, “Damn, kill the vibe Matt.”
Hancock said, “Well, you said you’ve never had bailiffs around.”
It comes as Hancock was found to have broken government rules by not consulting Parliament’s anti-corruption watchdog before appearing on I’m A Celebrity…
Lord Pickles, the Conservative chairman of the Corporate Appointments Advisory Committee (Acoba) – which advises on post-ministerial jobs, informed Cabinet Office minister Oliver Dowden of the breach in a letter on Tuesday.
Any disciplinary action would be decided by the Cabinet Office, but Lord Pickles said he believed further action would be “disproportionate”.
I’m a celebrity… get me out of here! continues at 9pm on ITV1.