I’M A Celebrity’s famous Celebrity Cyclone set was abandoned yesterday due to bad weather.
Work started on the show’s most exciting challenge – the traditional pinnacle of the series – earlier this week, but it could now be cancelled as the threat of Storm Barra looms.
Images show that work on the trial in the grounds of Gwrych Castle have been temporarily halted as high winds and heavy rain have made it unsafe to continue.
Producers are closely monitoring the weather for the end of the week when they are due to film it, just as Storm Barra is set to hit North Wales – and fear it will have to be scrapped.
The task sees the stars attempting to grab stars from a slippery hill as they’re blasted with wind, water cannons, foam and balls.
Bosses have even considered ski suit type costumes instead of the
lycra knights outfit they wore last year. In Australia, where the show
was filmed pre-pandemic, celebs wore superhero outfits.
But with snow forecast, ITV chiefs fear it will be too dangerous to
film as temperatures drop below zero.
A show source said: “Producers are panicking a bit.
“It’s the centrepiece of the whole series, and what many of the
celebrities say is the point in the show they want to get to.
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“Production staff are frantically checking the weather ahead of
filming it later this week. They’ve got ten different weather apps on
the go telling them minute-by-minute updates.
“The Cyclone is hard work anyway, let alone if you’re falling on
frozen water. They fear if it does go ahead it might be the first time
since its inclusion in the show that no one gets to the end of it.”
It’s not the first weather nightmare this series – the show was plunged into chaos last week, being sensationally pulled off air for two days after the set was battered by Storm Arwen.
In a shock move, the stars were evacuated from the castle and returned
to their quarantine, and did not return for over 48 hours.