I’m A Celebrity EXCLUSIVE: Bosses have 2 WEEKS to decide whether to screen movies in Australia or Wales
I’m A Celebrity’s bosses have to decide within the next two weeks whether the show will 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 has to decide in the next two weeks whether to go to Australia or Wales this year. It’s time for a decision!
Decision: I’m A Celebrity bosses must decide within the next two weeks whether the show will return to Australia or stay in Wales for a second year
‘Wales is penciled as we know, but everyone clearly wants to go back to Australia.
However, if they choose Australia, chances are it could be canceled later by Covid. If they choose Wales, that is guaranteed. ‘
The source added that if the show stays in Wales for another series, ITV will have to pay out more money than for Australia.
They added: ‘It takes MORE to shoot in Wales than it does to fly to Australia as it’s a four month set.
Change: 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 (Ant and Dec pictured in Australia in 2019)
That’s why they have to make a decision now. Time is running out. And there is no show without them. So it all points to it being 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 contingency plans and plans for all possible options.”
A source told MailOnline: ‘ITV has to decide in the next two weeks whether to go to Australia or Wales this year. It’s time for a decision! (pictured with 2020 winner Giovanna Fletcher)
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, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that reopening the borders too early would expose the country to a new and more brutal outbreak of Covid – with Treasury Secretary Simon Birmingham pushing the date back to 2022.
Due to current regulations, travel to Australia is only allowed if travelers are ‘exempt’ or have received ‘an individual exemption’.
According to The mirror, “Talks are thought to be ongoing at ITV,” while Gwrych Castle reportedly “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 for I’m A Celebrity this year are “ still in the air. ”
Cost: The source added that if the show stays in Wales for another series, ITV will have to shell out more money than for Australia.
The prime minister said that Australians had come to accept local lockdowns as ‘part of life with Covid-19’ and that residents had no ‘desire’ to change.
He warned that reopening the borders too early 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 that is alive as there are 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 exceptions 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.
But Mr Morrison denied having adopted an ‘elimination strategy’ and said suppressing the virus remained the government’s primary focus.
Australia’s COVID suppression strategy has not turned into an ‘elimination strategy’, nor is’ zero cases’ our goal, ‘he clarified on Sunday.
“There will always be cases when we bring Australians home from abroad. As always, we will continue to listen to the medical advice and make decisions in the best health and economic interest of all Australians. ‘
Last year, the government predicted that international borders would open in October 2021 after the adult population was offered a vaccine.
They said, ‘That’s why they have to make a decision now. Time is running out. And there is no show without them. So it all points to it being Wales. Oz is way too risky ‘
However, Treasury Secretary Simon Birmingham said the date will be pushed back to some time in 2022 amid the slow rollout of vaccines and uncertainty over the Covid-19 vaccine’s ability to protect against mutating strains of the virus.
Earlier this month, hosts Ant and Dec said plans to return to Australia this year for I’m A Celebrity are “ still in the air. ”
The Geordie duo, both 45, revealed that producers are in talks with Australia ‘to see if they let us in’ for the show airing this fall, although they added that they ‘would love to go back to Wales’ for the next series.
About Lorraine, Dec said of the upcoming series: “It’s still all in the air, people are having talks with Australia to see if they let us in.
‘If not, we have a great alternative to go back to Wales, where we had a great time.
Uncertain: It comes after hosts Ant and Dec said plans to return to Australia this year for I’m A Celebrity ‘are still on the air’
‘We had a really nice show and the people in North Wales made us feel very welcome. We would love to go there. But we’ll see if it’s Oz of Wales, we’re not quite sure yet. ‘
In March, ITV CEO Dame Carolyn McCall confirmed that bosses hope the show will return to the jungle, because that’s how the show is ‘intended’.
As the network published the group’s annual results, she said, ‘If we can go back to Australia – and this show is for Australia – that’s what we’ll do. If not, we have a very good plan, because we have already done that once (in the castle). ‘
Prior to the confirmation, hosts Ant and Dec led to claims that this year’s series is returning to Wales.
The presenting duo said they would be ‘very happy’ to stay in the UK to film when the series returns later this year, joking that they ‘wouldn’t miss the jet lag’.
‘It’s a waiting game’: It comes after it was reported last month that I’m A Celebrity won’t know if it will be able to return to its usual home in Australia until September for the upcoming 2021 series (Ant and Dec pictured at Gwyrch Castle in 2020)
Last year’s I’m A Celebrity was moved to Gwrych Castle in Wales after plans to shoot the usual show in Australia became impossible due to COVID.
Speak against Digital spy magazine, Ant said, ‘If we had to stay put during the coronavirus and do it again in Wales, I’d be really happy.
‘We were made very welcome in Wales. There were cardboard cutouts of me and Dec in the butcher, and the local school paid tribute. We would love to go back there. We would miss the sunshine, you know. ‘
Dec added that he would ‘not be disappointed’ if filming in Wales again later this year, adding, ‘The people in Wales were nice …
‘They made us feel very welcome. I had a good time. I will miss the sunshine, but I will not miss the jet lag of coming back from Australia. ‘
Plans: In March, ITV CEO Dame Carolyn McCall confirmed bosses hope the show will return to the jungle, because that’s how the show is ‘intended’ (photo on December)