Viewers took to social media to express their shock and disbelief when Dame Arlene announced her age, as she entered the I’m A Celeb set in Gwrych Castle in Wales
I’m A Celeb fans have been left shocked to learn that Dame Arlene Phillips is rapidly approaching her eighties – while looking effortlessly younger.
The former Strictly Come Dancing judge made I’m A Celeb history this year by becoming the oldest ever contestant – at the age of 78.
But despite being less than two years shy of her 80th birthday, the dance legend looks like she has only just turned 60, according to fans.
Viewers tuning in to Sunday night’s launch show of I’m A Celeb series 21 were shocked when the star announced that she was 78 years old.
One astonished fan gasped on Twitter : “OMG..did she say 78… holy moly…GO ARLENE GIRL..!!!! #ImACeleb”
Another applauded the ex-Strictly star, writing: “Arlene Phillips looks fab for 78 tbf to her #imaceleb.”
A further fan tweeted: “Arlene Phillips looks better at 78 than I do at 28. 78?! #ImACelebrity.”
“As if Arlene Phillips is 78. She looks amazing! #ImACeleb,” wrote another while sharing a horrified face emoji.
Yet another fan gasped: “HOLD ON ARLENE IS 78??I THOUGHT SHE WAS IN HER 60’S?? #ImACeleb.”
While another concurred, tweeting: “No way is Arlene 78!!? Thought she was in her 60’s #ImACeleb” – alongside an astonished face emoji.
While Dame Arlene has grace and age, it seems this means nothing in the eyes of the I’m A Celeb producers who forced the OAP to sleep on the ground after she entered the reality show castle.
Unfortunately for Arlene, she was in the yellow team while entering the competition – alongside Richard Madeley, Naughty Boy, Danny Miller and David Ginola.
They faced a series of trials agains the red team – consisting of Frankie Bridge, Kadeena Cox, Louise Minchin, Matty Lee and Snoochie Shy.
The yellow team lost each trial meaning they were confined to the castle dungeon to live while the red team lived in slightly more luxurious conditions in the main castle grounds.
Viewers took to Twitter to slam the show for making Dame Arlene sleep on the ground as the castle clink set featured no beds.
One wrote: “OMD Nah bruh. Arlene is SEVENTY EIGHT. I know she knew what she signed up for but come on! Sleeping on the floor? #ImACeleb.”
Another added: “78 years old, making her sleep on the floor and have a cold shower? Is Arlene gunna make it to the end of the series?! #ImACeleb.”
“An actual dame sleeping on a cold, dirty, castle floor . Absolutely appalling,” a third wrote.
Meanwhile, Dame Arlene at least was saved from further humiliation as she avoided being voted by the public to take part in the next trial.
That honour fell on Danny who was told he would be taking part in an eating contest the next day.
The soap star looked crestfallen when he was told the news at the end of Sunday night’s episode – in which he had narrowly avoided throwing up all over himself during a helicopter ride.
He told co-stars Snoochie, Naughty Boy and Louise that he had “swallowed about three mouthfuls” while flying in the aircraft.
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! airs on ITV week nights at 9pm.