I'm A Celebrity champ Giovanna Fletcher's brother Mario Falcone collects £9,000 after betting a grand she'd win

I'M A Celebrity champ Giovanna Fletcher's brother Mario has bagged himself £9,000 – after betting on her to win.

The former Towie star, 32, told The Sun he would be collecting the staggering amount after putting down a grand on her at odds of 9-1.

It's good news not just for Mario but for Giovanna too – because he insisted she would have to pay him back if she didn't take the crown.

Speaking yesterday before her staggering victory, Mario said he was looking forward to celebrating.

He told us: "I've got a cheeky bet on my sister – from day one – so I'll be pretty happy. I got nine to one odds and I put £1,000 on."

Mario added that he never doubted she would go all the way to Queen of the Castle, telling us: "Oh, she's gonna win. If she doesn't she owes me grand."

Giovanna saw off Radio 1's Jordan North, 30, and TV star Vernon Kay, 46, to clinch victory on I'm A Celebrity last night.

Mario added that she deserved the win saying: "I think she's exactly what 2020 needed. the other guys are fantastic.

"Don't get me wrong, I think Jordan's amazing, Vernon's amazing, but the way Giovanna conducted herself, and the way that she is – I think she just deserves it."

After a final that saw a staggering 12 million votes cast, Giovanna looked stunned, telling Ant and Dec: "I can't believe people actually picked up the phone and voted. It's been the most amazing experience."

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