Despite hopes that this year’s instalment would see the contestants taking to the much-loved Aussie jungle, bosses have been compelled to abort plans but once more.
Now, it appears the nation’s lockdown hell could drive followers to settle for a third yr of fun-and-games from the wintery Welsh set.
Preparing: I’m A Celebrity bosses are reportedly in talks to secure Gwrych Castle for a third yr working due to fears of the coronavirus plunging the hit collection into doubt (pictured in 2020)
A TV insider advised The Sun: ‘This time final yr, the prospect of I’m A Celebrity not returning to Australia and having to return to the citadel appeared slim.
‘Now the present goes again to Gwrych after ITV had the foresight to reserve is for a second collection – they usually need to ensure that they’re equally ready for the worst in 2022.
‘Going again to Oz continues to be the purpose. But that is about bosses taking each step potential to guarantee Britain’s favorite TV present stays on our screens. So they’re seemingly to method the citadel homeowners imminently.’
Swapping Australia’s New South Wales for Britain’s North Wales, the camp had been set at a down-under spot since its 2002 debut.
However, presenters Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, each 45, fronted a revamped present from the brand new location in 2020 due to Australian journey restrictions.
Something totally different: Presenters Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, each 45, fronted a revamped present from the brand new location in 2020 due to Australian journey restrictions (pictured in 2020)
Insiders beforehand revealed to MailOnline that the present had been thrown into chaos following the final minute change of plans.
However, there isn’t any worry behind the scenes of the present’s success after the roaring triumph of final year’s Welsh collection, gained by Giovanna Fletcher.
Sources mentioned: ‘It does not imply the collection will probably be beneath par because the final collection was the second hottest in present collection and that was in Wales.
‘Bosses are working arduous to get issues prepared for the launch following Australia’s standing change.’
The final collection was the second hottest collection since IAC began. The launch episode acquired 14.3 million viewers consolidated.
Back then: Last year’s collection – gained by Giovanna Fletcher (pictured in 2020) within the backdrop of the nation’s Gwrych Castle – was a roaring success regardless of its transfer from the jungle amid restrictions in place from the coronavirus pandemic
Australia has tightened the screw on its strict Covid lockdowns – ordering thousands and thousands in Queensland to keep at dwelling till at the very least the top of the week because the nation struggles to management outbreaks of the highly-infectious Delta variant.
The change in standing has led to the overhaul in bosses’ plans.
Katie Rawcliffe, ITV Head of Entertainment Commissioning, mentioned: ‘We can verify right this moment that we’ll be returning to Wales for the 2021 collection of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!…
‘We’ve at all times mentioned we have now contingencies in place for the collection if the covid state of affairs continued to carry uncertainty, and after a extremely profitable run on the citadel final yr we’re happy that we will return there…
‘I’ve little question the manufacturing workforce will produce one other massively entertaining collection.’
Changes: Swapping Australia’s New South Wales for Britain’s North Wales, the camp has been set at a down-under spot since its 2002 debut (pictured in 2018)
Richard Cowles, Director of Unscripted at Lifted Entertainment mentioned: ‘With the continued uncertainty round covid and worldwide journey we have now taken the choice not to return to our dwelling in Australia for the 2021 collection…
‘We’re excited to return to Gwrych Castle. The final collection was a large success and we have been made to really feel so welcome by everybody domestically and may’t wait to see everybody once more.’
Dr Mark Baker, Chair of the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust mentioned ‘I’m completely delighted that I’m A Celebrity has chosen Gwrych Castle to be its UK location for the 2021 collection.
‘Gwrych Castle is a lovely grade I listed historic home and a must-see vacation spot for vacationers visiting Wales…
‘I’m A Celebrity being right here will actually assist help its ongoing restoration in addition to giving the area a much-needed financial increase. We are all very excited to be working with the workforce once more.’
The Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden, mentioned: ‘This is good news and we glance ahead to welcoming the I’m a Celebrity workforce again to Wales this yr, and to working with them to make it a good higher yr! Croeso nol! Welcome again!’
Back in May it was revealed that bosses wanted to determine throughout the two weeks whether or not the present returns to Australia or stays in Wales for a second yr.
The ITV collection filmed in Gwrych Castle final yr after the Covid-19 pandemic made it unattainable for the present to journey safely to Australia.
A supply advised MailOnline: ‘ITV want to determine within the subsequent two weeks whether or not they go to Australia or Wales this yr. It’s choice time!
Wow! The final collection was the second hottest collection since IAC began. The launch episode acquired 14.3 million viewers consolidated (pictured in 2020)
‘However in the event that they select Australia there’s each likelihood it might be cancelled later down the road due to Covid If they select Wales, it’s assured it can occur.’
The supply added that if the present does stay in Wales for one other collection, ITV could have to fork out additional cash than they might for Australia.
They added: ‘It prices MORE to movie in Wales than fly to Australia because it’s a 4 month set construct. That’s why they’ve to make a choice now. Time is working out. And there isn’t any present with out them. So it is all pointing to being Wales. Oz is much too dangerous.’
An ITV spokesperson has since confirmed to MailOnline that bosses have ‘plans in place’ for each areas.
Cost: The supply added that if the present does stay in Wales for one other collection, ITV could have to fork out additional cash than they might for Australia (pictured in 2020)
They mentioned: ‘No selections have been made concerning the placement for the brand new collection and we have now contingencies and plans in place for all potential choices.’
It comes after stories the present’s location remained up within the air after Australia warned worldwide borders will stay closed indefinitely.
Earlier this week, Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, mentioned reopening the borders too quickly would expose the nation to one other and extra ruthless outbreak of Covid – with Finance Minister Simon Birmingham pushing the date to 2022.
Due to present laws, journey to Australia is just permitted if travellers are ‘exempt’ or have been ‘granted a person exemption’.
According to The Mirror, ‘talks are thought to be ongoing at ITV’ whereas Gwrych Castle is claimed to ‘have an settlement’ to host I’m A Celebrity once more this yr.
Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly just lately mentioned that plans to return to Australia for I’m A Celebrity this yr are ‘nonetheless up within the air’.
The Prime Minister mentioned Australians had come to settle for native lockdowns as ‘a part of dwelling with Covid-19’ and that residents didn’t have ‘an urge for food’ for change.
He warned that reopening the borders too quickly would expose the nation to one other and extra ruthless outbreak of Covid-19, like those skilled within the UK, India and Europe.
‘We sit right here as an island that is dwelling like few nations on the planet are in the mean time,’ he advised The Sunday Telegraph.
‘We have to watch out not to alternate that lifestyle for what everybody else has.’
Australians have been banned from leaving the nation since March 2020 with out particular exemptions, and solely residents and everlasting residents have been allowed to enter underneath a few of the strictest Covid-19 border guidelines on the planet.
Decision: The ITV collection filmed in Gwrych Castle final yr after the Covid-19 pandemic made it unattainable for the present to journey safely to Australia (pictured in 2020)