As the old saying goes, as one door closes on one reality television show, another one opens. Sunrise. Sunset.
Not 24 hours after the British public crowned Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti winners of Love Island 2022, we get a delightful email from our friends at ITV reminding us that I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! shenanigans (like munching on kangaroo testicles and bathing in rats bigger than your head) are right around the corner.
Earlier this year we reported that things were starting to look bright for the hit reality show, as rumours were swirling that production would be returning to its old Australian home for series 22 later this year. The show has been filmed in New South Wales, Australia – where it moved in its second season – since 2003, but has been filmed in the UK for the last two years due to travel-related issues caused by the pandemic.
In 2020, the location of the hit ITV show was moved to Gwrych Castle in Wales because of the pandemic, and even though we were a little sceptical of the new exotic location (who could forget the campmates being REMOVED from the castle because of a storm in 2021), we still managed to get our fix.
At the time, Katie Rawcliffe, head of entertainment at ITV, said of the location change, “We've always said we have contingencies in place for the series if the Covid situation continued to bring uncertainty, and after a highly successful run at the castle last year we're pleased that we can return there."
I’m A Celeb boss Richard Cowles added, “We're excited to return to Gwrych Castle. The last series was a huge success and we were made to feel so welcome by everyone locally and can't wait to see everyone again."
But now, it appears that nature is truly healing in this post-pandemic world of ours, as ITV has confirmed (in that aforementioned email) that I'm A Celeb will indeed be returning to Australia for 2022.
ITV confirmed that its hit show would indeed be returning to its OG home in Australia after a two-year hiatus.
They said, "Our celebrities will leave their plush pads and luxuries far behind as they spend up to three weeks taking on the Australian jungle with a whole host of surprises created just for them."
They added, "Whoever does end up in the legendary jungle camp will find themselves cut off from the outside world and their fate will be in the hands of viewers who could decide to send them into a dreaded Bushtucker Trial."
ITV also confirmed that presenting duo Ant and Dec would be returning to Australia to host the series for 896th time (not confirmed).
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2002: Tony Blackburn
Tony Blackburn was the first ever winner of I'm A Celeb back in 2002. He had a dramatic fall from grace in 2016 when he was sacked after 49 years working for the BBC, for failing to co-operate with the Jimmy Savile inquiry. He has since returned to the BBC and also hosts a podcast with Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson called Ricky and Tony's Pop Detectives.