I’m A Celebrity… bosses ‘have two weeks’ to decide whether the show will be filmed in Australia or Wales this year

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I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! bosses reportedly have just two weeks to decide whether this year's series of the show will be based in Australia or Wales.

The hit ITV show has been filmed in Australia since its inception in 2002, but moved to Wales last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Travel restrictions made it impossible for hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, both 45, the celebrity campmates and crew to fly across the world, meaning the stars – including winner Giovanna Fletcher – were forced to bed down in Gwrych Castle.

Despite it previously being believed Australia was out of the question after the country's Prime Minister ruled out opening borders until 2022, it has now been reported that ITV have a decision to make regarding the reality show's location.

A source told MailOnline: "ITV need to decide in the next two weeks whether they go to Australia or Wales this year. It's decision time!

"However if they choose Australia there is every chance it could be cancelled later down the line because of Covid If they choose Wales, it is guaranteed it will happen."

The insider added that if the show was to film in Wales for a second year, it would cost more to film than it would if the cast and crew headed Down Under.


They explained: "It costs MORE to film in Wales than fly to Australia as it's a four month set build.

"That's why they have to make a decision now. Time is running out. And there is no show without them. So it's all pointing to being Wales. Oz is far too risky."

An ITV spokesperson told the publication "plans are in place" for both Australia and Wales.

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They said: "No decisions have been made regarding the location for the new series and we have contingencies and plans in place for all possible options."

Last week, the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there is no "appetite" for the country to welcome tourists.

He said he believed Australian natives would not want to risk tourists entering the country if it meant the country enduring more lockdowns, adding in a Facebook post that borders will only be opened "when it is safe to do so."

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Australia's budget plan backed up the Prime Minister's comments, reading: "International travel is expected to remain low through to mid-2022, after which a gradual recovery in tourism is assumed to occur."

According to the Mirror, under current Covid rules, each I'm A Celeb cast and crew member would need to apply for individual travel exemptions in order to film the show in Australia.

A source told the publication last week: "I'm A Celebrity will happen this year, it is just a case of deciding the location."

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