The gross reason why I’m a Celeb contestants have to wear red socks

Hint: it's got something to do with blood

I'm A Celebrity 2022

by Carl Smith and Emily Vierke |

If you've seen the official photos of this year's I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! lot (or watched it over the past seventeen years, for that matter), you might've noticed something about all the stars heading for the jungle. Yes, they all look glossy af and YES, there's a lot of fleece gilets (who knew I'm A Celeb was posh?); but have you ever wondered why they're all in red socks?

Well it turns out it's more than some kind of (really quite bizarre) fashion statement, and the real reason behind the decision is actually a bit gross.

So basically a chap called Bob McCarron, who was the on-site medic in the Australian camp for 20 years, previously told told Women's Own that the contestants must wear said red socks so blood from any insects and their bites don't show up on screen.

Nasty AF, we're sure you'll agree.

This year's I'm a Celebrity has been on our screens for a few weeks now and the celebrities have had several run-ins with insects.

Matt Hancock was bitten by a scorpion, Charlene White refused to sleep in RV due to having to share the bed with a rather larger spider and Jill Scott had an actual cockroach stuck in her EAR.

That wasn't the Lioness' only interaction with insects as she and rugby icon Mike Tindall took part in the Speak Uneasy trial which resulted in them both drinking a multitude of horrific concoctions including blended spiders and snails.

After the few years in Wales it's great to be back in Australia, where the creatures are a damn sight larger than their UK counterparts. We're not sure the camp mates will agree but it does make for entertaining TV when comedian Seann Walsh requests moral support from DJ Chris Moyles due to the fact that a spider that has made a home in the toilet.

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