The announcement that Casey Donovan had won the third Australian season of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here had us fist-pumping with joy – and it wasn’t just because she’s the show’s first non-male, non-athlete champion.
The former Australian Idol proved herself time and time again to be Queen of the Jungle, before she was deservedly crowned on Monday night.
“Thank you so much,” Casey said through tears of joy.
The win clearly meant a lot to the star, who has been through so much since her first reality TV victory launched her to fame in 2004.
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As the 28-year-old recalled on I’m a Celebrity, the weeks and months after her Australian Idol win were difficult for the then-teenager.
“I’ve never been popular. I don’t know [why I won],” Casey told fellow contestant Tziporah Malkah.
“Coming from a 16-year-old that loved being invisible and just wanted to do music, I was definitely put in the spotlight.
“That was something I had to learn to cope with and deal with.”
Casey recalled her record company didn't know just where to "place" her, and she left them after the release of her first album in 2004.
"It got tricky and I kind of stopped doing music for a while because I just didn’t know what I wanted to do and went and got a job," she said.
The singer went on to release an independent album in 2008, and performed in musicals, all while supplementing her income with other jobs - including most recently as an Uber driver.