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I'm A Celebrity Is Returning To Gwrych Castle In 2021

The relocation to Wales has been officially extended for another year.

'I'm A Celebrity' in Gwrych Castle
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After I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here relocated from Australia to Wales last year, fans were relieved to see the change of setting (plus other pandemic restrictions) didn't have too much effect on the show's entertainment value, with the usual gruesome tasks and uncomfortable living conditions providing top quality viewing. But, will the ITV reality hit be making its grand return to the Australian rainforest? Here’s everything you need to know about I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2021.

When Will I’m A Celebrity 2021 Air?

An official start date for the upcoming series is yet to be announced. However, as Digital Spy reports, the past 16 seasons of I’m a Celebrity have each begun in November and ended a few weeks later in December. So, it’s safe to assume the 2021 series will follow the same schedule.

Where Will I’m A Celebrity 2021 Be Filmed?

After months of uncertainty surrounding the show’s 2021 location, it has now been confirmed that I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here will once again be filmed at Gwrych Castle in North Wales. The show was first relocated from Australia to the UK due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and, in a press statement sent to Bustle, ITV confirmed the series would be returning to the Welsh castle for a second year running.

The decision to film the 2021 series in the UK can likely be attributed to continuing COVID-19 travel restrictions in Australia, that won’t see the country’s borders fully reopen until mid-2022 at the earliest. As ITV Head of Entertainment Commissioning Katie Rawcliffe said in the press statement, “We’ve always said we have contingencies in place for the series if the covid situation continued to bring uncertainty, and after a highly successful run at the castle last year we’re pleased that we can return there. I have no doubt the production team will produce another hugely entertaining series.”

The Welsh Government's Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden, said: “This is excellent news and we look forward to welcoming the I’m A Celebrity team back to Wales this year, and to working with them to make it an even better year! Croeso nol! Welcome back!”

Who’s In The I’m a Celebrity 2021 Lineup?

Although nothing has been confirmed by ITV, rumours surrounding the lineup of I’m a Celebrity 2021 are already in full swing. As the Radio Times reports, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are expected to return as co-hosts, and some of the names attached to the forthcoming series so far include Good Morning Britain presenter Richard Arnold, Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall, Coronation Street star Lucy Fallon, former footballer John Barnes, Selling Sunset’s Christine Quinn, Countryfile presenter Matt Baker, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK winner The Vivienne, Eastenders alumni Tamzin Outhwaite, former Manchester United player Eric Cantona, and Boyzone’s Keith Duffy, among others.

Despite fears about a change in format for the first time in the show's 19-year history, the I'm A Celeb 2020 launch show broke records, with 14.3 million people tuning in to watch the celebrity campers enter the castle. A few weeks later, 10.2 million people watched Giovanna Fletcher be named Queen of the Castle after toughing it out in the Welsh wilderness.

I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here is expected to return to ITV later in 2021.

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