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Sam Thompson proves a social media attraction following IAC win


Sam Thompson proves a social media attraction following IAC win

A new study reveals that  Sam Thompson is the most popular I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, jungle member according to a 355,172 increase in Instagram followers since entering the series.

Researchers examined Instagram tracker statistics made by Social Blade to determine the number of followers each contestant had before entering the jungle and how many they have since the series finale. This then produced a ranking determining which contestants have seen the most significant increase in Instagram followers and, therefore, who have had the most impact on the viewers.

The research revealed that Sam Thompson has seen the biggest increase in followers since starting his jungle journey on the 19th of November. Sam rose to fame on the popular reality TV show Made in Chelsea, which skyrocketed his career into fame and catapulted his Instagram following to an impressive 2,203,729 followers. Since Sam has been in the jungle, his Instagram has gained 355,172 followers, giving him over 1.9 million followers.

Despite an early walk-out exit from the show, Jamie Lynn Spears has seen an impressive increase in her Instagram following. When the actress entered the jungle, she had 2,211,643 followers on Instagram, which has now increased to 84,700. Jamie now has 2,296,189 followers on the app, placing her as the second most influential contestant. Ex-EastEnders actress Danielle Harold has seen an impressive Instagram follower increase of 81,706 followers since being in the jungle. Danielle entered the jungle with 410,483 followers but can connect with 492,189 followers now she is out of the jungle. This makes Danielle the third most influential cast member in this year’s series.

Controversial Nella Rose has had the fourth most influential journey on the show, with her Instagram following rising by 80,386 since entering the jungle. Despite Nella already having an impressive social media following, her total number of followers has increased to 1,039,726, making her an extremely popular contestant from this year’s line up. Josie Gibson, the fifth most impactful contestant, entered the jungle with 486,654 followers on the app. Since starting in the jungle, Josie has been a popular contestant, with 73,760 more followers than she entered the jungle with; her follower count now totals 560,414.

The sixth most significant increase in followers goes to Fred Sirieix. Fred has gained 73,027 more followers since entering the jungle, putting him in front of fellow contestant Tony Bellew. Since entering the jungle less than a week later than the original cast, Tony has seen an impressive follower increase of 69,927. Fred’s follower count currently sits at 927,534, and Tony’s at 841,919.

Marvin Humes is the eighth most influential cast member, with his follower count increasing by 59,853 since entering the jungle. Marvin now has 818,474 followers on the Instagram app as opposed to fellow contestant Nick Pickard, who places ninth with 44,300 followers. Nick has gained a total of 32,600 followers since his jungle entrance. Nigel Farage is tenth, with a total of 253,624 followers on Instagram. Nigel’s follower count has increased by 26,439 since entering the jungle.

The research was conducted by, a spokesman for the company said:

 “The new series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Has been a whirlwind of a series this year, and this research gives us an exciting insight into which contestants have won the viewer’s hearts and have gained the most popularity. It indicates that Sam Thompson and Jamie Lynn Spears have been the most influential contestants throughout the series.” 

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