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I'm A Celebrity viewers left baffled for same reason minutes into opening episode

Fans took to Twitter 

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Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
November 6, 2022
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I'm A Celebrity viewers were left baffled at the beginning of series 22's debut episode on Sunday night after hosts Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly revealed that the public had already been voting for the Jungle VIPs.

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After welcoming footballer Jill Scott, TV presenter Charlene White, radio DJ Chris Moyles, Celebrity Gogglebox star Babatundé Aléshé and reality star Olivia Attwood to a luxury hotel ahead of their journey to camp, the presenters revealed that Olivia had received the most votes. 

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"You won't actually be making your way into camp together," explained Dec. "That's because the public has already been voting for one of you to become a jungle VIP."

Olivia then elected Chris as her plus one to join her for a luxury meal in the VIP section, leaving the remaining celebrities to face their first challenge. 

Viewers immediately took to Twitter to express their confusion over the public vote, with many unaware that the voting system had been opened and others branding it a "secret" vote. 

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One person tweeted: "People voted? I didn’t even know that voting for anything had opened," while another added: "Err Ant&Dec when was this public voting please."

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Olivia was voted as the Jungle VIP

A third viewer commented: "Since when was voting already opened for @imacelebrity because I didn't know it was open?" while another added: "Is the voting a secret thing this year, when did that happen?

While some viewers may not have been aware, ITV opened voting on the I'm A Celebrity app at the end of October, asking the public to vote for Jungle VIPs – Very Isolated People – who will be spending their first night of the show stranded on an island. 

Voting closed on Tuesday 1 November. 

While Olivia and Chris were tucking into their delicious VIP meal, Charlene, Jill and Babatundé travelled 150 feet up in the air to face the first task of the series. 

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The 2022 I'm A Celeb line-up

The trio were asked to walk out on a plank at the top of a 32-story building in a challenge named 'The Ledge'.  

While Charlene and Jill braved the great height and made it to the end of the plank, Babatundé let his fear get the better of him and decided to step back to safety, meaning the celebs won two out of a possible three stars. 

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