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I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 'set to return to Australia for 2021'

Ant and Dec - I'm A Celebrity

I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here has reportedly been given the green light to return to Australia.

The 2020 series of I'm A Celebrity swapped its usual Australian location for Gwrych Castle in the Welsh countryside due to the pandemic.

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The adapted version of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! aired live every night on ITV from the castle last Autumn.

As on the regular series, we saw the celebrities undertake gruelling trials and fun-filled challenges to win food and treats in the lead up to one of them being crowned, for the first time ever, King or Queen of the Castle.

The Sun reports that the show is on course to return down under for 2021 after being given approval by Australian bosses.

A source said: "Crew have been told to prepare for Australia again, which is music to everyone’s ears as they are over the moon to be back in the sun."

They added: "International film production have been entering Australia all year since January, always adhering to strict Covid guidelines, so filming in a remote location should be straightforward.

"ITV is mindful and sensitive of the ever changing environment, but have all the plans in place now to get the series off the ground in Covid safe conditions."

As yet however nothing has been officially announced with the show typically not launching until November.

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Appearing on ITV's Lorraine recently, hosts Ant and Dec revealed: "It's still all up in the air at the minute.

"People are having conversations with Australia to see if they will let us in, and to see if that's going to work.

"If not, we have got a lovely alternative to go back to in Wales. We had a great time there and had a really lovely series. The people of North Wales made us feel very welcome, and we'd gladly go back there."

ITV's chief executive Carolyn McCall previously said the team hoped to return to Australia but has made a "very good plan" should it not be possible.

"If we can go back to Australia – and this show is meant to be in Australia – then that’s what we’ll do," she said (via the Daily Mirror). "We have a very good plan if not, as we have already done it once (in the castle)."

Executive producer Richard Cowles previously revealed (via Broadcast): "Australia has been I’m A Celebrity’s natural home and the Welsh version was born out of necessity rather than choice but we’ve learned a lot and so maybe there is a UK incarnation of the show.

"We will look at what being in Wales means for the format going forward. Is it something we would want to do again, or do we want to return to Australia?"

He added: "It has been a different [type of show] because the environment is different, but it is absolutely as good as ever in terms of what audiences see on screen."

Meanwhile a show insider had suggested the series could alternate its camp location each year.

“They’ve loved trying new things with a different location and the idea of having alternate years has been discussed," the source said last year. “It means that next year Ant and Dec would be back in the traditional jungle, before returning to Wales again the following year."

The 2020 celebrities were TV presenter Vernon Kay, broadcaster and journalist Victoria Derbyshire, star of stage and screen Shane Richie, Paralympic gold medallist Hollie Arnold MBE and Radio 1 DJ Jordan North.

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They're joined by Corrie icon Beverley Callard, ballroom dancer AJ Pritchard, author and podcaster Giovanna Fletcher, Olympic legend Sir Mo Farah CBE and soap star Jessica Plummer.

Picture: Instagram/@antanddec

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