And and Dec have done their first Bushtucker Trials – and revealed who is going to be making their way to Wales for this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The show, normally broadcast live from a camp in Australia, is making its way to Wales for the first time as coronavirus restrictions impact on travel to the other side of the world, as well as the safety of campmates.
In I’m A Celebrity… A Jungle Story, Ant and Dec relived some of their favourite moments from the previous 19 series of I’m A Celeb.
They also heard from former camp mates, such as Carol Vorderman who said she was told by her management at the time that doing I’m a Celebrity would be career ruining. She however was determined to appear and pleaded with them – eventually signing up.
Amir Khan told the show he nearly quit just three days before he was due to fly out to Australia.
And they revealed the line up for the camp that will be joining them at Gwrych Castle in Abergele in North Wales next week.
The comedy duo put themselves through three Bushtucker Trials as well – the first ones they’ve ever done – including ‘to catch a falling star’, in which Ant had cockroaches poured over him – and scored no stars.
Dec managed to catch one star while having creepy crawlies thrown over him – with the slime making the bugs stick to him.
The second one was ‘face your fears’ – and Dec had spiders in his helmet and cockroaches in the box – but he managed to overcome that, and got both stars.
Ant had a thousand cockroaches in the handbox and six snakes in the helmet – and despite struggling with the snakes, also got both stars. And finally on the show, they had an eating trial, to give them the proper Bushtucker effect.
They were subjected to a three-course meal – and Ant had a witchetty grub starter. Dec wasn’t happy about having to eat fermented duck egg. Ant however found the funny side, reminding that Dec’s wife, Ali, is their manager so she must have “signed all this off.” Both finished their starters.
The second course for Ant was blended vomit fruit – which they say they know is the worst. Dec had a drink of blended cockroaches – and surpringly, they both got the star.
Ant’s final dish was raw fish eye – and he really struggled with it. Dec’s final dish to eat was pig’s penis – which he nervously ate, describing it as “really grizzly.”
At the end of their three trials, they both came away with five stars each.
And fans absolutely loved it. As they ate their critters, Sophie posted: “Can’t stop laughing”
Dominique said: “Waiting to see if Dec vomits on national tv.”
“Actually just screamed at Dec’s reaction,” posted Ashleigh.
Another said: “Watching Ant and Dec do that eating trial was the best 10 minutes of my life,” and Kelly said: “Well done lads you both did amazing.”
And Michelle posted “Omg I’m screaming at Ant and Dec doing the eating trial.”
As they prepare to get the 20th series underway, they revealed that 10 celebrities are making the trip and hoping to be crowned King or Queen of the castle. These include EastEnders stars Shane Richie and Jess Plummer, TV presenter Vernon Kay, and Olympic legend Sir Mo Farah.
Radio 1 DJ Jordan North joins them, as well as author and podcaster Giovanna Fletcher, Corrie icon Beverley Callard, Former Strictly pro AJ Pritchard, Paralympic gold medallist Hollie Arnold and BBC news journalist Victoria Derbyshire.
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here starts on ITV next Sunday (November 15) at 9pm, and it’s due to last for around 3 weeks.
North Wales Live reports that speaking in August, Richard Cowles, Director of Entertainment at ITV Studios, said: “The Australian jungle is such an integral part of the show it was a big challenge to find a UK location where we could continue to deliver what viewers love about I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!.”
“But Gwrych will definitely do that; the Castle sits in an amazing and atmospheric setting on a hillside overlooking the Irish Sea. While there will be plenty of changes required as we move from New South Wales in Australia to North Wales in the UK, we are really excited to see how we can adapt the format and make the castle our new home for a very special 20th series.”
Fans feared the show would be cancelled completely when Wales went into lockdown after a spike in coronavirus cases – but the Welsh Government back producers and said if it can be produced in a Covid-secure way, it can go ahead.
ITV has previously assured that I’m a Celebrity will “adhere to all relevant guidelines” and “strict protocols.”