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An updated report from The Sun suggests the South African series will be an 'all stars' series, and the 'normal' version will return to Australia.
"The normal show will be filmed in Australia as planned, unless COVID makes it impossible again. The South African project is in no way a back-up, it’s a completely different series. It will see all of the iconic names who have made the show so popular over the years return to the campfire and battle it out to be crowned the Best Of champion.
“There are so many to choose from and they’re sounding out the most talked-about ones now. Ant and Dec will host all three series as normal, and the South African version will still be based in the world of I’m A Celeb. The camp mates will be doing trials and living in the camp environment, but with fresh and exciting new twists on the format...
The campmates will have a hand in their own destiny through a series of internal votes and challenges. This new edition is likely to air in 2023 but before that viewers will get to enjoy the show's much anticipated return to Australia in November.”
ITV are reportedly planning to pre-record a shorter two-week run of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! in South Africa this Summer, according to reports.
The Mirror reports that the plans are being developed due to the possibility that filming of the live series - which plans to return to Australia - could fall through due to Covid restrictions.
According to the reports, Ant & Dec will host the shorter two week series which will record in July. If the live November series is not possible, it's thought ITV are keen to have this as a back-up. Should the live series be able to go ahead, the reserved series will air early next year.
An insider told The Mirror: "This is a brilliant reserve plan in case Covid restrictions come round in the Autumn and the cast and crew can't get Down Under, as has happened in the past two years...
"There's no appetite to go back to Wales. It was great while it lasted but it's just too dark and damp. Everyone's had enough, including the viewers. We need sun and new challenges. If we can get back to Australia - fantastic. Then South Africa would air early next year."
TV Zone has approached ITV for comment.