‘I’m A Celeb’ – from Aussie Jungle to Welsh Castle

Much speculation has been taking place about this year’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, since many of the country’s favourite reality shows like Love Island have been halted due to the pandemic.  

Recently, rumours surrounding a location in North Wales have sparked interest following ITV revealing earlier this month that their hit reality show would be going ahead this year, and will be filmed in the UK this Autumn. 

This year celebrates the 20th season of the show which has featured the likes of Katie Price, Caitlyn Jenner, and Stanley Johnson. Although the 2020 line-up has yet to be confirmed, Tommy Fury and Connor McGregor are amongst the rumoured celebrities taking part in the competition. 

Whilst the time zone and weather of the show will be entirely different this year, hosts Ant and Dec will continue to maintain the main premise of the show through various challenges, perhaps with a focus on spooks rather than spiders this year, as the location is predicted to be Gwrych Castle near Abergele. It seems that instead of the King and Queen of the jungle this year, we’ll be celebrating the royalty of the castle on this year’s special. 

Gwrych Castle, the supposed site of I’m A Celeb this year, was closed to the public in 1985 and subsequently fell into disrepair (Source: Getty Images)

Instead of challenges involving snakes, alligators, and even the odd camel, one can assume the Bushtucker trials will be more location appropriate. Perhaps they’ll swap the crickets for pigeons, and any typical underwater challenges could even be replaced with the haunts of castle dungeons.

For most entertainment shows, filming has been made difficult due to social distancing between members of the cast and crew, however, perhaps isolating celebrities in a castle can count as a one household quarantine. Unlike Love Island it may even be possible to distance contestants from each other, and feature contact-free challenges – although Bushtucker trials may not be quite as eventful in isolation!

Words by Meghna Amin

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