I’m A Celebrity winner announced
FIONA O'Loughlin has been crowned queen of the jungle in the grand finale of I'm A Celebrity: Get Me Out Of Here!
The Australian comedian, 54, pipped Aussie rocker Shannon Noll to the post to win the Channel 10 challenge series.
"I just feel like the luckiest duck alive," O'Loughlin said.
"Without a doubt the jungle has changed me. I will never take anything for granted again."
It's a sweet victory for the popular funny woman, who before going into the jungle told News Corp of her struggle to stay sober after years of alcohol abuse.
"I have an alcoholic mind, I will always have an alcoholic mind," the mother-of-five said.
"And that alcoholic mind will at times tell me that it is a good idea to have a drink. It is a cunning, powerful and baffling disease. What I do every single day is just not have that first drink. You can't get drunk if you don't have the first drink. Don't have the first one under any circumstances."
Boxer Danny Green placed third.
"It has been such a life changing incredible experience," Green said.
"I never thought that I would get this much out of it. I have met some fantastic people, I've made some new friends for the rest of my life."
As the runner-up, Noll's silver feat will be likened to him falling second to Guy Sebastian on the first season of Australian Idol in 2003.
Contestants have spent the past six weeks living in the South African jungle, surviving on basic food rations and competing in various challenges in the hope of winning the series title and $100,000 for their chosen charity.
British cricketer Freddie Flintoff won the first season while Brendan Fevola took home the crown in the second series and Casey Donovan was crowned queen of the jungle last year.
For O'Loughlin, the charity is Angel Flight and Noll is competing for the Black Dog Institute.
"Good luck Fiona, I hope you make it through," musician Paul Kelly said in a message of support. "Come home safe."
Of her experience in the jungle, O'Loughlin said: "Without a doubt the jungle has changed me. I will never take anything for granted again. I just feel like the luckiest duck alive."
Noll agreed: "I wasn't sure how I would go with this and I turned out to be way tougher than I thought it would be. I think it is great to test yourself. That is how you find out what you're made of. I would love to not come second this time."
Guy Sebastian, who beat Noll in the first series of Australian Idol, sent a message of support to the singer.
"Last time I wished you luck was on the Idol stage and it didn't pan out very well for you then so hopefully it will pan out even better for you this time."
The journalist is in South Africa as a guest of Channel Ten.