‘It’s a waiting game’: I’m A Celebrity ‘won’t know until SEPTEMBER if it can return to Australia for 2021 series due to Covid restrictions’
I’m A Celebrity reportedly won’t know until September if it is able to return to its usual home in Australia for the upcoming 2021 series.
The popular ITV show hosted by Ant and Dec is mostly filmed Down Under, but it has moved to Gwyrch Castle in North Wales in 2020 amid the pandemic.
According to The mirroreveryone is thought to be ‘very excited’ to return to the jungle and it is now just a ‘waiting game’ to know if it will be possible.
‘It’s a waiting game’: I’m A Celebrity reportedly won’t know until September if it’s capable of returning to Australia for the upcoming 2021 series (Ant and Dec pictured at Gwyrch Castle in 2020)
An insider said: ‘Everyone would like to return to Down Under this year, but of course it depends on what the Australian authorities will allow.
‘We won’t know for sure if we can get back to the Gold Coast until the beginning of fall, then it will be much clearer. Until then, we have to wait. ‘
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Last month, ITV CEO Dame Carolyn McCall confirmed that bosses hope the show will return to the jungle, because that’s how the show is ‘intended’.
The Jungle: The hit ITV show is mostly filmed Down Under, but it moved to Gwyrch Castle in North Wales in 2020 amid the pandemic (Australian camp pictured in 2019)
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 McPartlin and Declan Donnelly made claims that this year’s series will return 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’.
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.
Are you going back for the second round? There has been speculation that the show will return to Gwrych Castle in Wales for the 2021 series with reports claiming ITV has already booked it as a backup
They would stay! Ant and Dec also 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’
‘We were made very welcome in Wales. There were cardboard cutouts of me and Dec in the butcher shop, 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. ‘
Last year, I’m A Celebrity saw author Giovanna Fletcher crowned champion of the series after 12 celebrities moved to dilapidated Gwrych Castle.
While in February it was reported that ITV bosses had already used the castle for another series if the Covid crisis prevented a return to Australia.
Talk: ITV CEO Dame Carolyn McCall confirmed bosses hope the show will return to the jungle because that’s how the show is ‘intended’ (pictured in 2018)
A source said The sun: ‘Ultimately, they are at the mercy of the limitations of COVID-19. An agreement has been formally signed for the use of Gwrych Castle this year. Should the show take place there again, everything will have a green light. ‘
ITV leased the 19th-century castle in 2020 for six weeks at a cost of £ 1 million, after Covid-19 ruled out the usual setting in Australia. The network also announced an extremely Covid Management Plan to ensure the series ran smoothly.
This included the celebrities who were tested every three days and crew members who wore proximity buzzers and masks and received temperature checks upon arrival.
The celebrities also had to isolate for two weeks before arriving. The new venue was warmly received by viewers, with some even calling for the show to make Wales its new permanent home.
Queen of the Castle: Giovanna Fletcher won the 2020 series held at Gwyrch Castle in North Wales (pictured with Ant and Dec after being crowned the winner)