I'm A Celebrity's John Barrowman copies Nick Knowles by wearing red budgie smugglers for jungle shower with Emily Atack

DIY SOS host Nick, 56, was given the boot from the ITV reality show this week but, during his time on the programme, became known for throwing on a small pair of Speedos for various tasks.

The broadcaster was often seen having a wash in his swimwear – which clung to his package and left very little to the imagination – and would often carry out camp jobs such as collecting water in them because, according to him, “you just get so wet”.

Nick’s campmates were shocked to learn the public had voted for him to leave earlier this week and former Torchwood actor John, 51, may have been trying to make them feel better about the star’s departure by parading around in his colourful briefs.

In scenes which aired during Saturday evening’s episode, John got into his red underwear and teased pal Emily in the shower by pulling her into the freezing cold water.

After squealing and trying to get away, the actress explained: “I like to do it at my own pace because it is so cold.”

But there may be another reason why John is wearing red pants in the shower – Nick revealed after his exit that he actually took in white pants which changed colour.

Speaking to Scarlett Moffatt on I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp, Nick said: "I have to explain this, because that was one of the first things my boys said when I got out. They said 'Dad, seriously what the hell?'

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“I made the mistake of taking in white underpants. The trouble is the red shorts and trousers we wear, they’re dyed red by the programme – they are not naturally red. So the first time you get wet it dyes all of your underwear.

"I looked like I was wearing underwear and I had been in a car accident, so I couldn't wear my underwear anymore.

"The only thing I had was those, and after three days everything was soaking wet so I thought, 'Oh sod it.'"

And John may want to be careful with his choice of clothing as Nick claims wearing his Speedos in the jungle put paid to one of his major career ambitions – releasing his own calendar.

The sometime crooner, who released a country album with Universal Records last year and scored a number one with one of his songs whilst in Australia filming the show, is not convinced people will see him as a hunk now.

A downbeat Nick told The Sun: “It’s now about as likely as a second album.”

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