I’m A Celeb ‘to return to Australia’ as ITV plan to swap Wales for the jungle

I'm A Celebrity is set to travel Down Under, ITV has confirmed, with plans to return to the show's original home in Australia for the upcoming 2021 series.

Last year, ITV bosses were forced to relocate to North Wales when the coronavirus pandemic, and the travel restrictions in place, made it too difficult to go ahead with the production in Australia.

Instead, the gaggle of celebs headed to Gwrych Castle near the town of Abergele, which had been transformed with camp beds, shower facilities and a campfire.

However, ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall has revealed ITV intends to return to Australia for production later this year, delivering the classic I'm A Celeb fans know and love.

Speaking to Metro, the TV exec said: "If we can go back to Australia – and this show is meant to be in Australia – then that's what we'll do."

However, McCall admitted North Wales was a good alternative if the pandemic makes the production impossible to pull off Down Under.

She said: "We have a very good plan if not, as we have already done it once (in the castle)."

Ant McPartlin has also spoken out about the potential filming location for the next season, admitting he missed the sunshine of the Aussie climes.

He told Digital Spy: "‘There were cardboard cut-outs of me and Dec in the butcher's, and the local school did a tribute.

"We'd happily go back there. We'd miss the sunshine, mind."

Since I'm A Celeb's 2002 inception, the show has been filmed around Springbrook National Park in New South Wales.

Once the contestants get booted out of the jungle, the celebs stay at the glittering Palazzo Versace hotel, which is based on the Gold Coast.

Last year, Wales welcomed the ITV series with open arms, seeing local businesses booming thanks to the scale and popularity of I'm A Celeb.

With famous faces like former Strictly pro AJ Pritchard and presenter Vernon Kay taking part, the series enjoyed spectacular ratings as Brits tuned in each night.

Podcaster Giovanni Fletcher was crowned the first-ever Queen of the Castle, beating rival Jordan North at the final hurdle.

In December, it was revealed the series brought in over £1million for the Welsh economy, bringing some positive news to the country mid-pandemic.

Mark Baker, chairman of the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, told BBC: "The programme is one of the biggest TV productions in Europe, and that's been reflected in the number of people on-site and the amount of money that's been spent in the area.

"Local companies have supplied everything from the t-shirts the celebrities are wearing to the bags of castle coins that they win in their daily challenges.

"All in all, we've counted up to 50 Welsh businesses involved just in getting the castle ready for filming."

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