Hollie by no means tried taking centre stage (Image: ITV)
Although – technically talking – this leaves her in final place, I wish to state the case for why she’s a real winner.
On the planet of actuality tv, being first to depart could also be thought-about a failing – however not for Hollie.
I can see why she was evicted: she simply didn’t vomit, scream, argue, cry, fart or moan sufficient to take up plenty of display screen time.
The viewing public love a drama queen and Holly is the antithesis of theatrical.
British viewers additionally love an underdog story. Like Romans on the Amphitheatre, we enjoy watching the contestant with the bottom likelihood of survival claw their option to victory. The general public wish to watch campmates transition from cowardice to braveness as a result of it makes us really feel like we had been someway a part of their journey.
However Hollie was brave all along, and he or she’s already accomplished her underdog story.
On the age of 14, Hollie Arnold was the youngest ever discipline athlete to compete within the Paralympic or Olympic video games, which she did in 2008. She went on to win gold in Rio 2016, the European Championships and the Commonwealth Video games and the World Championships.
Hollie doesn’t match the stereotype of the ‘terrified girl’ we see every year on the present. The lady who screams essentially the most within the first few days is normally assured a spot within the remaining… supplied she conquers mentioned concern by the following trial, that’s. Scream an excessive amount of and we’ll assume you’re milking it (we’re fickle like that).
Arnold confirmed nothing however sheer willpower with each impediment she’s confronted within the fortress, which could not acquire viewing figures, but it surely earned my respect.
Holly by no means tried taking centre stage. No showbiz tales, no romantic dalliances with princes or dance routines to show to the group. Holly flew the flag for the introverts amongst us. The quiet varieties who maintain their head down, muck in and get on with it.
Considered one of Hollie’s most memorable moments was when she first launched herself to the campmates as ‘Hollie Arnold…MBE’. The Twitterati had been fast to mock her for utilizing her full title, but I wager none of them have letters after their identify.
What’s society’s subject with assured younger girls who’re pleased with their accolades? Even in Strictly this 12 months we’ve seen Maisie Smith – a proficient, succesful and assured girl – find yourself within the backside two for the previous two weeks, regardless of being arguably probably the greatest dancers.
Can we anticipate girls to be humble about their achievements? If I had been bestowed the honour of an MBE I’d wrestle to not shout it from the rooftops.
Hollie says that when she launched herself in full, she was doing so as a result of her mum has at all times informed her to be pleased with her title.
I by no means assumed she was boasting, I figured she was most likely doing her different campmates a favour by going some size to elucidate why she had a spot on the present.
The second she launched herself, I fell in love along with her, as a result of I’ve been there.
There’s nothing worse than coming into a room full of individuals whose faces you recognise if you’re scared they received’t have a clue who you’re.
At actually any social occasion I’ve ever attended, I’ll introduce myself not solely by identify, however with my relationship to the individual whose occasion it’s, and reminder of the time we’ve beforehand met.
‘Hello I’m Nicola – Tom’s girlfriend, I used to reside with Sarah within the flat above Superdrug. We met at Lisa’s hen do in Amsterdam at that bar on the nook with the bizarre taxidermy and the area muffins’.
I do it out of sheer anxiousness. Getting half-way by means of a dialog with somebody then realising you’ve met them earlier than – however can’t keep in mind when – looks like a sluggish dying. As does – I think about – having to ask a star campmate fairly why they’re a star.
I wouldn’t bestow it on my best enemy, so I am going above and past to keep away from any awkwardness (even when it means I sound like an obsessive fangirl).
I recognise a little bit little bit of myself in Hollie, and it’s a part of the rationale she stood out to me from the off.
There’s little doubt the opposite celebrities within the fortress have been nice, and we’ve seen vulnerability in lots of the campmates this 12 months.
Jessica confirmed us her emotional aspect when she spoke of missing her daughter, Ruthie defined how she struggled to drop her ‘powerful cookie’ façade and Jordan confirmed his bodily vulnerability by spewing on the edge of a cliff face.
The campmates are – gasp – human in spite of everything.
However when Hollie left the camp and confirmed her disappointment at being first to depart, it was refreshing to see her present her true emotions, as a substitute of placing on a courageous face. She was visibly gutted, however I wished to inform her that she needn’t be.
She didn’t have the benefit of a giant voter fanbase like Eastenders, Corrie or customers of Quorn mince to hold her by means of the present, so it’s no surprise she was early to depart.
However life isn’t a recognition contest, it’s about having integrity and getting caught in – qualities that Hollie has in abundance.
Earlier than she flew into Abergele on a helicopter, I didn’t know her identify. However she left as my Queen of the Fortress.
Hollie Arnold MBE, I Stan you.