Reports say that I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! could return to Gwrych Castle for the third consecutive year after owners make request to keep camp structures for another 12 months
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! could return to Wales for the third consecutive year – despite viewers anticipating an epic Australian comeback.
For the last two years celebrity contestants have headed to the historic Gwrych Castle to spend a number of weeks roughing it with critters in plunging temperatures.
But despite the excitement surrounding a return to its roots and ITV being adamant that it will be back in Australia this year, it has been reported that custodians of Gwrych Castle “have applied for approval to keep the temporary structures built by crew for another year”.
Covers were put up over sections of the castle in order to make the area safe, so that cast and crew could film.
But because the Welsh castle is Grade 1 listed, permission to have parts of the castle altered only lasts for one year.
And now it has been reported that another 12 months permission has been requested.
A source told The Sun: “It was all looking so hopeful that it would be back in Oz but news like this does make that look less likely. Hopefully, ITV are just being prudent and covering all eventualities.”
ITV’s Director of Content Rosemary Newe said in response : “We expect I’m a Celebrity to return in Australia in November.”
This comes weeks after the show was forced to move its start date.
The hit show will launch three weeks earlier so that the king or queen of the jungle is crowned just before the tournament in Qatar kicks off, insiders have said.
Usually a summer event, the World Cup in 2022 starts in November – around the same time that I’m A Celeb usually graces out screens.
Because of the TV shake-up, show bosses plan to start airing this year’s series on October 30 before it concludes on November 20, in time for the World Cup to begin.
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! informally known as I’m A Celebrity or I’m A Celeb is a British reality TV show that traditionally puts a line-up of celebrities in an Australian jungle camp – or more recently a Welsh castle.
The celebrities must live in dire conditions and complete trials in a bid to win meals and votes from the viewers.
In 2020 Giovanna Fletcher was crowned Queen of the Castle after the series was moved to Gwrych Castle in Wales as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
And one year on Emmerdale’s Danny Miller donned the grown when he was crowned King of the Castle in 2021.
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