I'm A Celebrity 'given green light for Australia return'
- Bang Showbiz
- 28 May 2021
'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' bosses look set to have the option between filming in Australia or Wales this year, as ITV are said to have "assurances from Australian border control bosses" that clearance will be given for the cast and crew to film Down Under
'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' could return to Australia this year after the country's government reportedly gave the green light for filming Down Under.
The programme's 20th series was filmed at Gwrych Castle in Abergele, Wales, last year due to coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions preventing a return to Oz, but ITV are now said to have "assurances from Australian border control bosses" that clearance will be given for the cast and crew to film in Australia later this year.
A border force source said: "ITV have assurances from Australian border control bosses that even if a wider travel ban is still in place for tourists, they’ll get the paperwork and clearance they need to send cast and crew to Oz. It’s a big moment."
Show bosses are said to be "delighted" about the potential jungle return.
The source added to The Sun newspaper: "Everyone is delighted with this news. All the signs are now pointing towards a return to the jungle.
"As great as a year in the castle was, the show is made by its surroundings and the glitz and glamour of the jungle."
However, ITV have confirmed a final decision about where the show – which is co-hosted by Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly – will be filmed this year is yet to be made.
An ITV spokesman said: "No final decision has yet been made regarding the location for the new series."
Earlier this month, it looked as though 'I'm A Celebrity' would remain in Wales after the Australian government said borders could stay shut until 2022.
The country's federal budget papers read: "Inbound and outbound international travel is expected to remain low through to mid-2022, after which gradual recovery in international tourism is assumed to occur."
And in a Facebook post on May 8th, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison admitted the international borders will "only open when it is safe to do so".
He wrote: "International borders will only open when it is safe to do so. We still have a long way to go, and there are still many uncertainties ahead. Australians are living like in few countries around the world today. We will continue to do everything we can to work together prevent a third wave and roll out our vaccination programme. And, as always, we will continue to listen to the medical advice and make decisions in the best health and economic interests of all Australians. (sic)"