I'm a Celebrity 2022 is heading to ITV for a new series, and recently we've seen some big changes to the format as a result of the pandemic. For the past two series, we've seen a change in camp, as it moved to Gwrych Castle in Wales due to travel restrictions.
Because of this, we saw a King and Queen of the Castle crowned in the new location, with author and podcast host Giovanna Fletcher and former Emmerdale star Danny Miller winning the 2020 and 2021 competitions.
But I'm a Celebrity 2022 is set to look different, as is it's planned it will return to the series' original home in Australia. So with that in mind, here's everything we know so far...
I'm a Celebrity 2022 air date
Traditionally I'm a Celebrity starts on either the second or third Sunday of November, meaning this year could see the show begin on November 13 or November 20.
However, the 2022 series could also see a slightly earlier start so that the series doesn't clash with the World Cup, meaning it could be as early as October so it finishes before the World Cup begins.
Where is I'm a Celebrity 2022 being filmed?
Currently, producers remain hopeful that I'm a Celebrity will return to its usual home after a two year break, provided there's no further travel restrictions to and from Australia.
Rosemary Newell, ITV’s Director of Content, said: "We expect I’m a Celebrity to return in Australia in November, when it will generate audience over 11 million."
Hosts Ant and Dec also had their say on the potential return, adding: "Well, the plan is the jungle."
Dec added: "Nothing against Wales!"
To which Ant agreed, saying: "We love Wales, but Australia is [the show's] home and we'd like to get back there if we can."
I'm a Celebrity 2022 line-up
It's still a bit too early for confirmed names, but there have been a few rumors floating about which suggest some big names could be stepping up to the challenge this year.
Here are some of the rumored 2022 contestants so far, and we'll keep things updated when more names are suggested...
Due to his upcoming EastEnders exit, it looks like Danny Dyer is one of the top names producers are looking at to take part in the new I'm a Celebrity series.
A show source told The Sun: "Producers think Danny would be great on the series and is their number-one target. They’re hoping he’ll be finished in time, they’d definitely be up for a big money offer."
RuPaul's Drag Race UK season 1 winner The Vivienne has previously teased she'd be up for the jungle, telling Lorraine Kelly: "I’m petrified of spiders but get me to that jungle, I’d do it. What a great life opportunity that I’m never going to get again. I’m all for that!"
Despite its continued popularity, none of the Drag Race queens have taken on any dreaded bushtucker trials, so perhaps this could be the year for it? Especially since The Vivienne appeared alongside Ant and Dec for their Saturday Night Takeaway show lately...
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Last year, Richard Madeley had to leave the competition due to ill-health, so is it possible he could return to the jungle to try and take the crown for himself? So far there's no confirmation on that, but it could be an option...
The Great British Bake Off winner and TV presenter Nadiya was asked to appear in the 2020 series, but she confessed that she turned down the offer.
She revealed to The Guardian (opens in new tab): "I got asked to do I’m a Celebrity this year, and a bit of me regrets not doing it. It’s just so cold in Wales: if I’m going to have cockroaches in my pants I’d rather it be in the sun, thanks. Still, I can’t help wondering what it would have been like."
If the show goes back to Australia, would Nadiya be willing to take on the challenge?
While we're pretty sure that Natalie is unlikely to take a break from filming as Sonia Fowler in EastEnders for a stint in the Australian jungle, it wouldn't be the first time someone from the soap's cast has taken a break to star in a reality TV show.
Natalie recently told The Guardian (opens in new tab) that she would be up for appearing in the reality show if she ever left EastEnders... "I always think, when I’m in a restaurant and have been looked after very well, I could do that front-of-house stuff very well. Or maybe you’ll see me in the jungle," she said. Well, after she's appeared in both Strictly Come Dancing and Celebrity Big Brother, you never know!
Who will be presenting I'm A Celebrity 2022?
The pair are likely to have us in stitches again each evening the show airs as they take the mickey out of the celebrity contestants as they try their hands at a Bushtucker Trail.
What is I'm a Celebrity All Stars?
This spin-off from the main series will see iconic campmates from over the years returning to take on some new challenges — and that it'll take place in a brand new South Africa camp.
The new stand-alone show will run in addition to the usual annual ITV program and isn't likely to air until 2023.
Ant and Dec spoke about the All-Stars series while on This Morning back in April...
Ant told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: "I don't know why [an all-stars series] has never been done before. But it's a spin-off from the main show where we've got ex-campmates who've all come together in South Africa, competing challenges, trials..."
Realising that his presenting partner may have given too much away, Dec added: "I think it's a secret..."
"It's going to be great," Ant added.
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