I’m A Celeb chiefs consider hosting alternate years between Australian jungle and castle in Wales

I’M A Celebrity big wigs are considering hosting alternate years between the Australian jungle and the Welsh castle.

Bosses are waiting to see how the new look show goes down with viewers before deciding.

It would see next year’s series return to its usual home in Murwillumbah, New South Wales, before switching back to Gwrych Castle, in Wales, in 2022.

Jungle chiefs have already spoken to the owner of the historic ruins in Abergele, to seek initial permission.

They think it’s a good way to keep the show, hosted by Ant and Dec and going into its 20th series on Sunday, fresh and interesting.

A castle source said: “It’s been really challenging for everyone involved just to get the show on air this year, but it’s given producers a chance to reflect and take stock more than usual.

“They’ve loved trying new things with a different location and the idea of having alternate years has been discussed.

“It means that next year Ant and Dec would be back in the traditional jungle, before returning to Wales again the following year.

“It depends a lot on how viewers like this coming series, but everyone is confident it’ll be more loved than ever given its new twists.”

It comes after The Sun told last month how ITV had sought permission from the owner of the 19th century Grade I listed location for the next two years, in case the coronavirus crisis continued beyond 2020.

Crew for the ITV show, hosted by Ant and Dec, have been working around the clock to ensure the 19th century, Grade I-listed building is safe and ready for filming to begin in just over a month.

Builders have been called in to tackle “vertical cracking” in the central keep at the castle — with blueprints having detailed damage in the stone walls and towers.

The Sun revealed the full line-up for this year’s show last week, with the likes of Olympian Sir Mo Farah, 38, TV host Vernon Kay, 46, and EastEnders legend Shane Richie, 56, all taking part.

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