Will the show return to Wales later this year? (Picture: Kieron McCarron/ITV/REX)
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is facing the very real possibility of being held in Wales for a second year after Australia ruled out opening its borders until 2022.
The ITV show relocated to Gwrych Castle in North Wales during the pandemic last year and it could return to its temporary UK home once again.
It comes after Australia’s treasurer Josh Frydenberg predicted in Tuesday night’s Budget that restrictions will be in place until at least midway through next year.
The budget made clear that ‘international travel is expected to remain low through to mid-2022, after which a gradual recovery in tourism is assumed to occur’.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also revealed that he intended to keep Australia’s borders closed indefinitely. He warned they would only be opened ‘when it is safe to do so’ in a post on Facebook.
As a result, each I’m A Celeb cast and crew member would be required to apply for individual travel travel exemptions in order to film the show in the Australian jungle.
The shoe relocated to Gwrych Castle in Wales last year (Picture: Rex)
The location of next year’s series has yet to be confirmed by ITV and Ant and Dec recently revealed conversations surrounding the 2021 series of I’m A Celebrity are still ‘up in the air’.
‘People are having conversations with Australia to see if they’ll let us in, and to see if that’s going to work,’ Dec said.
The pair added that if they’re unable to film in Australia, they’d be happy to return to Wales for a second consecutive year.
The 2020 series was Giovanna Fletcher crowned winner (Picture: Kieron McCarron/ITV/REX)
‘If not, we’ve got a lovely alternative to go back to Wales, which we had a great time there,’ Dec said.
‘We had a really lovely series and the people of North Wales made us feel very welcome. We’d gladly go back there. But we’ll see whether it’s Oz or Wales, we’re not quite sure yet.’
‘We would happily go back to Wales if we had to,’ Ant added.
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Is expected to return to ITV later this year.
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