I'm a Celebrity's Joey Essex: 'A funny kid, with a big heart'

Joey Essex eating camel's toe.
Joey Essex eating camel's toe. Photo: ITV Studios

It is the furthest he has ever been from Essex but for now the Australian jungle is where Joey Essex calls home.

He has swapped The Only Way is Essex for I'm a Celebrity but he has had to prove himself early on with the first bush tucker trial against Matthew Wright.

Joey Essex and Matthew Wright went head-to-head in the Monday Night Takeaway trial.
Joey Essex and Matthew Wright went head-to-head in the Monday Night Takeaway trial. Credit: ITV Studios

Back in Chigwell in Essex, Joey's dad Donald says he is really proud.

"He's going to win it, he's going for it now. He won't give in on the trials now and if he's passed the food bit what else can't he do?

"He's a real funny kid and he has a big heart which is coming out now, he's showing everyone how nice he is."

– Donald Essex, Joey's Dad
Frankie Essex (sister), Donald Essex (Dad) and Joey Essex.
Frankie Essex (sister), Donald Essex (Dad) and Joey Essex.

Some critics have dubbed Joey "sweet but dim" after he admitted he could not tell the time on the show, but he is still a hit in Brentwood where he shot to fame in The Only Way is Essex.

makeshift clock on the floor
Beauty queen Amy Willerton teaching Joey Essex how to tell the time with a makeshift clock on the floor. Credit: ITV Studios

Joey's Dad, Donald, and his girlfriend Sasha will be flying out to Australia this Saturday and they are convinced they will be returning with Joey crowned as King of the Jungle.