I’m in Wales, get me out of here

Tara McGahan

The I’m a Celebrity’s 20th-anniversary show kicked off Sunday November 15th in a slightly different setting than everyone is used to. The popular reality show takes place in North Wales this year, in comparison to the sunny Australian jungle.

After deliberation from ITV bosses, it was clear that due to the ongoing Covid-19 travel restrictions, the usual format of the show was not going to be able to take place.

Although the show has had a major change, Ant and Dec have come back to television screens across the UK and Ireland with the same enthusiasm as every other year. The duo opened the show on Sunday and explained the layout of the new camp to the thousands of viewers that tuned in.

From Athletes to TV Stars to Musicians, the 20th Special of the show hosts a range of familiar faces. Sir Mo Farah, Beverley Callard, Vernon Kay and Victoria Derbyshire are among those getting involved in the action this year.

Viewers were introduced to the ten new campmates shortly before five of them completed their first task and dangled off the side of a cliff to receive their camp bags.

The fresh revamp of the show sees contestants staying in the 200-year-old Gwrych Castle for three weeks while taking part in the famous Bush Tucker trials to win meals for their campmates. It has also been reported that celebrities may be able to compete in the trails to win hot water, which will be a huge incentive to push on in the cold November weather.

The huge climate difference between the UK and Australia has meant that more changes to the original show had to take place. Our celebrities will now sleep inside a camp in comparison to sleeping in beds and hammocks in the Australian jungle.

Stars have also been given thermals to keep them warm in the harsh Welsh weather.

The 20th anniversary of I’m a Celebrity is the perfect time for a fresh version of the show and many viewers are happy about the necessary change of plan. Twitter exploded with viewers expressing their opinions after the show and people are now sceptical about it ever returning to Down Under.

Tara McGahan

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