THE return of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! has got one Welsh town very excited as local businesses have decorated their offices and shops in a celebration of the show moving there.
Abergale in North Wales is soon to be flooded with a host of famous faces as it becomes the home of I’m A Celeb on Sunday, November 15.
The beloved series has swapped Australia for Wales this year amid the coronavirus pandemic and now viewers will see celebs enter the coastal town’s Gwrych Castle in a bid to be crowned King or Queen of the castle.
As anticipation mounts for the series to start, the town’s local businesses decorated their shop and office windows in the spirit of the upcoming installment, including a plethora of tribute to show hosts Ant and Dec.
One shopfront saw the popular presenters as butterflies around a painting of the local castle, which read “I’m a bug get me out of here”.
While another window hilariously featured a business owner’s face superimposed on a female warrior’s body and read, “I’m the celeb here! Nobody is getting out of here”.
Another local shop Indigo even has as full on model display of the castle with the show’s hosts and a sleeping area with a maid stuck in a tower.
The town has truly gone all out to show their appreciation for being chosen to host this year’s series with local pub The Hoptimist even offering a ‘Jungle Gin and Bushtucker Beer’ for six and four dingo dollars.
Fans of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here were delighted to learn that the show is going ahead this year, despite the outbreak of coronavirus – but there is a twist.
As the rumour mill goes wild with guesses of who the contestants will be this year, producers have revealed the show will be taking place in a haunted Welsh castle.
I’m A Celebrity now has a confirmed start date of November 15. However, it was revealed in January 2020 that spin-off show Extra Camp will not be returning due to high costs.
There were major concerns over how lockdown would effect the show, as a source told The Mirror that show execs were discussing the situation daily, saying: “There have also been discussions about shortening the series to two weeks instead of a 3.5-week stint.
“In the worst-case scenario this year’s series will have to be cancelled.”
Thankfully cancellation is no longer on the cards as the two week lockdown in Wales will have ended by then, though England’s four week lockdown will still be in place.
The stars taking part are allowed to go to Wales as the environment for the show is deemed Covid-free.
Yesterday, HOAR exclusively revealed that this year’s campmates will self-isolate with partners and family in secret luxury cottages and hotels.
They have been allowed to have loved ones join them so they do not get lonely during the two weeks of enforced quarantine before the show.
Contestants, including Mo Farah and Shane Richie, have been put up with their nearest and dearest near the North Wales location.
Normally, celebs have no outside contact from the moment they land in Australia.
HOAR understands the rule of giving up phones a few days before the show starts will still apply.
A source said: “ITV decided to allow celebs as much time with families as possible.
“They’re already essentially having three weeks’ quarantine in a freezing castle, so two weeks on top of that felt a bit mean.”
It also means when campmates leave, their families will be on hand.