I’m A Celebrity bosses have been forced to abort plans to film the next series in Australia after the country’s hell.
Insiders revealed to MailOnline that the show has fallen into chaos following the last minute change of plans, although behind the scenes there is no fear of the show’s success following last year’s roaring triumph of the Welsh series.
About this year’s show, sources said: “It doesn’t mean the series will be below par, as the last series was the second most popular in the show series. The bosses are working hard to get everything ready for the launch after Australia’s status change.”
Last year’s series – won by Giovanna Fletcher in the background of the country’s Gwrych Castle – was a resounding success, despite moving out of the jungle amid the restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Moved: I’m A Celebrity bosses have been forced to abort plans to film the next series in Australia after the country’s hell (presenters Ant and Dec pictured at Gwrych Castle during last year’s show)
The latter series was the second most popular series since IAC’s inception. The launch episode gained 14.3 million viewers consolidated.
Australia has tightened the screw on its strict Covid lockdowns – ordering millions in Queensland to stay at home until at least the end of the week as the country struggles to control outbreaks of the highly contagious Delta strain.
The status change has prompted a revision of the bosses’ plans.
Katie Rawcliffe, ITV Head of Entertainment Commissioning, said: ‘We can confirm today that we will be returning to Wales for the 2021 series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!…
“We have always said we have unforeseen circumstances for the series if the covid situation continues to bring uncertainty, and after a very successful run at the castle last year we are happy to be back there…
Back then: Last year’s series – won by Giovanna Fletcher (pictured) in the background of the country’s Gwrych Castle – was a resounding success, despite moving out of the jungle amid restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic
“I have no doubt that the production team will produce another hugely entertaining series.”
Richard Cowles, director of Unscripted at Lifted Entertainment said: “With the ongoing uncertainty surrounding covid and international travel, we have made the decision not to return to our home in Australia for the 2021 series…
‘We are delighted to be returning to Gwrych Castle. The last series was a huge success and we were made to feel so welcome by everyone on site and can’t wait to see everyone again.”
dr. Mark Baker, Chairman of the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that I’m A Celebrity has chosen Gwrych Castle as the UK location for the 2021 series.
‘Gwrych Castle is a beautiful Grade II listed historic home and a must-see destination for tourists visiting Wales…
Conclusion: The ITV series filmed at Gwrych Castle last year after the Covid-19 pandemic made it impossible for the show to travel safely to Australia
“I’m a celebrity who is here will really help support the ongoing recovery and give the region a much needed economic boost. We are all very excited to be working with the team again.”
The Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden, said: ‘This is excellent news and we look forward to welcoming the I’m a Celebrity team back to Wales this year and working with them to make it happen. to make it even better. year! Croeso nol! Welcome back!’
In May, it was revealed that the bosses had to decide within two weeks whether the show would return to Australia or stay in Wales for a second year.
The ITV series filmed at Gwrych Castle last year, after the Covid-19 pandemic made it impossible for the show to travel safely to Australia.
A source told MailOnline: ‘ITV will have to decide in the next two weeks whether to go to Australia or Wales this year. It’s decision time!
“However, if they choose Australia, there is a good chance it will be canceled later due to Covid. If they choose Wales, it’s guaranteed to happen.’
The source added that if the show stays in Wales for another series, ITV will have to spend more money than it would for Australia.
They added: ‘It costs MORE to film in Wales than to fly to Australia as it is a four month set build. So now they have to make a decision. Time is running out. And without them there is no show. So it all points to Wales. Oz is way too risky.”
An ITV spokesperson has since confirmed to MailOnline that bosses have ‘plans’ for both locations.
They said: ‘No decisions have been made on the location for the new series and we have contingencies and plans for all possible options.’
Cost: The source added that if the show stays in Wales for another series, ITV will have to spend more money than Australia
It comes after reports that the show’s location remained on the air after Australia warned that international borders will remain closed indefinitely.
Earlier this week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said reopening borders too early would expose the country to a new and more brutal outbreak of Covid – with Finance Minister Simon Birmingham pushing the date to 2022.
Due to current regulations, travel to Australia is only allowed if travelers are ‘exempt’ or have been granted an ‘individual exemption’.
According to The Mirror, “talks are believed to be underway on ITV”, while Gwrych Castle “has an agreement” to host I’m A Celebrity again this year.
Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly recently said plans to return to Australia this year for I’m A Celebrity “are still in the air.”
The Prime Minister said Australians had come to accept local lockdowns as “part of living with Covid-19” and residents were not “hungry” for change.
He warned that reopening borders too soon would expose the country to a new and more brutal outbreak of Covid-19, such as those in the UK, India and Europe.
“We sit here like an island living like few countries in the world right now,” he told The Sunday Telegraph.
“We have to be careful not to trade that way of life for what everyone has.”
Australians have been banned from leaving the country without special exemptions since March 2020, and only citizens and permanent residents are allowed to enter the country under some of the strictest Covid-19 border rules in the world.