Victoria, 52, has remained stoic in the I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! castle since the ITV reality show returned to screens earlier this month. However, her facade broke during Friday night’s episode when some of her fellow campmates discussed what talents they possess. Known all around the world for his operatic tones, Russell, 54, began singing to his campmates, leaving the journalist and several other cast members in tears.
Intrigued by the chart-topper’s performance rituals, Victoria asked Russell if he ever bothered warming up his voice.
“I often think I just can’t be a***d with Nessun Dorma,” the singer replied, telling the broadcaster: “It’s very hard.
“I’ll do a little bit of it if you like,” he said to his campmates before blasting out the vocals to Puccini aria.
Recalling the performance in the Telegraph, the journalist explained: “When Russell sings to us, we are absolutely mesmerised. We’re so lucky to be in this environment.”
The contestant continued with his tribute to his fellow cast members, with Victoria visibly moved by the rendition of the classic opera number.
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Standing to her feet and applauding the singer, Victoria then kissed him on the cheek and said: “Russell I’m crying. That is just so gorgeous.”
The journalist was seen wiping away the tears as others also commented on the emotional performance they had just witnessed.
Paralympian Hollie Arnold, 26, said: “One moment we’re sitting there engrossed in Russell singing and getting a little bit teary with the girls and oh it was just amazing.
“And then the next minute we’re all singing,” she continued as scenes then showed the chart-topper giving his campmates a singing lesson.
Enjoying her experience of being singer thanks to Russell, Victoria commented: “Well I’m ready to go on a west end stage now.”
Television presenter Vernon Kay, 46, said: “There’s some scales where you think I’m never going to get there, not in a million years.
“But we managed. I think Russell was quietly impressed. I’ll be honest with you,” the contestant added before the camp all sang in unison.
Led by the classical singer, the cast performed a rendition of White Christmas around the campfire in the castle grounds.
Offering his critique, Russell said: “I’ve got to be honest. I loved White Christmas tonight. I thought the noise was much better than I was expecting.
“I was pleasantly surprised. They weren’t half bad,” he remarked before the drama of the night’s Trial began.
At the moment, Jordan is the hot favourite to become King of the Castle when the series wraps up next Friday.
The Radio One presenter chances of winning stand at 5/4 in accordance with the latest odds from Coral bookmakers.
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! continues Saturday at 8:30pm on ITV.