Despite threats to quit and a reported off-camera rant, the former Coronation Street actress seemed determined as she arrived at last night’s challenge - Deadly Delivery.
As she waited to put her head in a Perspex box full of jungle critters, Dec asked: “Feeling good?” to which Helen replied: "I’m determined. I’ve got to do this. There is so much pressure from the camp. Everybody’s really hungry and I just want to win for myself now.” Helen pushed her head into the first box, which contained mixed lizards, and earned her first two stars. “I absolutely sh*t myself,” she said but added, “Guys I’m so happy.”
The second box contained a cocktail of critters – scorpions, crickets, cockroaches and millipedes. “I do not want to know what is in it,” she told Ant and Dec as once again she won the two stars. In the next box were one of Helen’s particular fears – spiders. “Oh My God, I f*cking hate spiders,” she said but stuck her head in and successfully retrieved two stars.
Next she successfully faced a box with soldier crabs and then one containing 10,000 cockroaches, which crawled over her face and hair. “Who are you and what have you done with Helen Flanagan,“ joked Ant as she put her head in the sixth and final box which contained five carpet pythons.
Once again, she completed the task making a total of 12 stars. Crying with excitement and relief, Helen said: “I can’t believe I got 12. I’m just so happy. Honestly I can’t tell you how scared I was and just feel really proud of myself.
Back at camp, her hungry team mates were ecstatic (and shocked) to hear of her success - and there was more good news to come.
Last night, Helen was picked to do yet another trial, Bad Day At The Office, and immediately said: “I’ll do it.” She endured being gunged and covered in bugs and even ate a dead stick insect - earning the camp another five stars.
Meanwhile, Helen's worried parents have said they tried to talk their daughter out of going on the show.
Speaking to The Mirror, Julia and Paul Flanagan, both 54, said that they didn't want Helen to enter the jungle and accused the public of "pushing her too far."
Julia told the paper: "I tried to persuade her not to go, even the week before I said, 'Helen, you don't have to do this you know... do you really think you could eat a kangaroo's anus?'"
The couple also revealed concerns about how their daughter was being portrayed. "We don't think people are getting the right impression of Helen," they explained.
"It's starting to feel like the voting public are pushing her too far. They've all seen how much she is struggling and they are still voting for her to do the trials.
"I wish they would stop and just give her a bit of time to adjust. If she gets a few nights off then people will see the real Helen because she'll be able to relax a bit."