ITV I’m A Celeb medics explain gross reason why stars wear red socks in jungle camp

As ITV's I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! prepares to hit our screens on Sunday 19 November, the show's medics have spilled the beans on why celebs always wear red socks.

The show, which started in 2002, has seen stars donning red socks as part of their jungle uniform throughout its history and this year a fresh batch of celebs will be slipping into the classic I'm A Celeb attire for the 23rd series.

Ahead of the show's launch, the star-studded line-up has already been announced and includes Britney Spears' sister Jamie-Lynn, TV star Sam Thompson, This Morning's Josie Gibson, First Dates' Fred Sirieix, YouTuber Nella Rose, ex-politician Nigel Farage, food critic Grace Dent, JLS's Marvin Humes, EastEnders' Danielle Harold, and Hollyoaks ' Nick Pickard.

And while viewers at home may know that the iconic red socks are a key part of the 'uniform', there's a rather gross reason behind this choice. Former show medic Bob McCarron, who left last year after 20 years, recently revealed that the red socks are given to celebs to "disguise bloodstains".

He told Woman's Own magazine that the stars are likely to get bitten by bugs, including leeches, resulting in blood marks on their feet and legs. So, the red socks help to hide these injuries.

Bob has previously shared about the health issues that campmates often face. Speaking on I'm A Celeb's spin-off Extra Camp, he said: "Most people think of fungus as mushrooms but we have problems with the cast every year especially women growing fungus on certain body parts [breasts]. I've been instructing them to use the shower and personal hygiene a little bit more often."

As the new series is set to air, the 10 stars have been sharing their hopes for the show. Jamie-Lynn expressed her excitement ahead of entering camp. "There is literally every misconception you can have on a person about me so I don't take any of it seriously. But I do think going on I'm A Celebrity will be a nice way for people to see the real me," she said. "This is an opportunity to be myself and do something really cool and have some awesome experiences in the meantime."

Meanwhile, Josie confessed that her anxiety levels were soaring as she headed to Down Under for the show. She said: "Now I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is fast approaching, it's sinking in and I am feeling anxious. I keep thinking, 'S**t, I am actually doing this'. I know I have taken on challenges for This Morning in the past but I don't know if I've taken on too much here. It's all becoming very real."

Nigel Farage is another celebrity who is heading into the jungle, and has revealed his reasons for doing so. "Given millions hate me, I do expect people will vote for me to do trials! My crime was to stand against an establishment view and I was for many years the lone voice saying Europe wasn't where we should be, so I have been a little bit demonised," he said.

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