I’m A Celebrity UK: Fans rejoice as they claim the show’s return has ‘saved 2020’


‘Everything feels normal again!’ I’m A Celebrity fans rejoice as they claim the show’s return has ‘saved 2020’ amid COVID-19 pandemic

It was heavily doubted whether the show would return to screens in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! fans rejoiced on Sunday night as the show made its long-awaited return to screens after relocating to Gwrych Castle in Wales.

Viewers rushed to Twitter to claim the series has ‘saved 2020’ as it kicked off with the 10 celebrities moving into their new home before facing another gruelling trial.

‘It feels normal!’ I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! fans rejoiced on Sunday night as the show made its long-awaited return to screens after relocating to Gwrych Castle in Wales

As ever hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly kicked off proceedings by giving fans a tour of the show’s new home, joking the crew had been watching ‘far too much Game of Thrones.’

The duo were also quick to poke fun at the new COVID-friendly climate, claiming even ‘the helicopters were socially-distanced.’

Despite a few tweaks to the beloved show, fans were still thrilled to see it back on the air, and rushed to Twitter to share their delight. 

Elated: Viewers rushed to Twitter to claim the reality series has 'saved 2020' as it kicked off with a group of new stars moving into their new home in the castle (Beverley Callard pictured)

Elated: Viewers rushed to Twitter to claim the reality series has ‘saved 2020’ as it kicked off with a group of new stars moving into their new home in the castle (Beverley Callard pictured)

One posted: ‘Just caught up with tonight’s #ImACeleb. Great lineup, stunning location @GwrychTrust and @antanddec on fire as always! Sooo good to have it back on our screens!’

Another posted: ‘Oh it’s good to see this back on TV,’ with a third writing: ‘So happy @imacelebrity is back. Love the cringe fest that is celebrities introducing themselves to each other on the first day.’

‘#ImACeleb is finally back and I am happy,’ a viewer tweeted, with one also writing: ‘It’s so great to have @antanddec back with #ImACeleb back on the tele box for the next 3 weeks.’

‘So good to have I’m A Celeb back, for 90 mins everything felt normal again!’ a viewer also posted.

One fan added: ‘Reading through #ImACeleb posts. There are VERY funny people out there… keep up the awesome work. You could be making people’s day so much brighter, especially if they’re having a tough time right now (Give yourselves a little pat on the back).’

‘How did did it feel to have #ImACeleb back on our screens. Proper comfort TV. @antanddec leading the way as always like two centre forwards for Newcastle. Then @jordannorth throwing up like two uni lads out on the town in Newcastle. It’s what we love to see,’ one thrilled viewer posted.

A fan tweeted: ‘I’m a celeb being back is probably the best thing to come out of 2020.’ 

And one final fan wrote: ‘Loving having #ImaCeleb and Ant and Dec back proper loving the new series Wales and the castle look amazing my nights are made so excited for the next three weeks.’ 

Over the moon: Despite a few tweaks to the beloved show, fans were still thrilled to see it back on the air, and rushed to Twitter to share their delight

Over the moon: Despite a few tweaks to the beloved show, fans were still thrilled to see it back on the air, and rushed to Twitter to share their delight

It's back! The I'm A Celebrity launch saw 10 stars take on their first challenge before they even reached the castle, with five celebrities abseiling down the side of a cliff to collect rucksacks

It’s back! The I’m A Celebrity launch saw 10 stars take on their first challenge before they even reached the castle, with five celebrities abseiling down the side of a cliff to collect rucksacks

The I’m A Celebrity launch saw 10 stars take on their first challenge before they even reached the castle, with five celebrities abseiling down the side of a cliff to collect rucksacks.

Once they’d arrived at Gwrych Castle, all 10 contestants took part in the first trial The Gates to Hell, winning seven stars for their first meal. 

The show then ended with Ant and Dec revealing that Jordan North and Shane Richie had been voted to face the next trial, The Viper Vault.

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! continues tomorrow night at 9pm on ITV. 

Back soon: I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! continues tomorrow night at 9pm on ITV

Back soon: I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! continues tomorrow night at 9pm on ITV

I’M A CELEBRITY… GET ME OUT OF HERE! 2020: Who are the celebrities?

Name: SIR MO FARAH CBE

Age: 37

Claim to fame: The most successful British track athlete in Olympic Games history 

Phobias: Any animal that moves

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: It will be nice for people to see me doing something other than running

Role in the camp: Cook

Miss most: Coffee, my wife and children

Dream campmate: Samuel L Jackson would be pretty cool

Relationship status: Married

Name: SHANE RICHIE

Age: 56  

Phobias: Human faeces. If I see one, it is over! I am hoping the camp toilet will be enclosed

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: Nothing. I don’t think I am that interesting

Role in the camp: Person who will muck in with anything 

Miss most: My family and routine at home

Dream campmate: Eric Cantona, any 80s’ pop star or The Roc

Relationship status: Married

Name: BEVERLEY CALLARD

Age: 63

Claim to fame: Corrie legend 

Phobias: Ghosts and insects 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: People think I am glamorous as I have played Liz for so long but I am not

Role in the camp: Cleaner 

Miss most: Dogs and my husband, Jon

Dream campmate: Ricky Gervais – he would keep us all going

Relationship status: Married

Name: AJ PRITCHARD 

Age: 26 

Claim to fame: Former Strictly professional

Phobias: Heights, claustrophobia

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: People see me with sparkles and fake tan but nobody knows what I am like

Role in the camp: Keeping spirits up and the cleaner

Miss most: My warm and comfy bed

Dream campmate: Any celebrity with an intriguing background

Relationship status: Dating

Name: VERNON KAY

Age: 46

Claim to fame: TV and radio presenter

Phobias: I don’t like being confined underwater!

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I think I have always been the same throughout my career – so I don’t have any.

Role in the camp: Person to keep spirits up.

Miss most: My family.

Dream camper: Anybody who has won the Super Bowl!

Relationship status: Married.

Name: VICTORIA DERBYSHIRE

Age: 52  

Claim to fame: Award-winning journalist

Phobias: I am not a fan of spiders or confined spaces and I don’t know what I am going to be like when I get there! 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I don’t think I have any as people just know me as the news and current affairs person! 

Role in the camp: Shoulder to cry on. 

Miss most: My boys, husband, dog and Mum. 

Dream campmate: Madonna, Gary Lineker and Jamie Oliver to cook for us. I think you could have some really geeky chats with them! 

Relationship status: Married.

Name: GIOVANNA FLETCHER

Age: 35

Claim to fame: Author and podcaster

Phobias: Heights. My legs go wobbly and you can’t rationalise it

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I am not that controversial so nothing

Role in the camp: Mum, friend and the giver of hugs

Miss most: My husband, Tom, and my three children

Dream campmate: The Queen, Judi Dench and Ant Middleton so he can help us with all the survival skills

Relationship status: Married

Name: JESSICA PLUMMER

Age: 28

Claim to fame: Former EastEnders actress

Phobias: Arachnophobia, fear of heights –just about every phobia

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: It will be nice for people to see me for who I am rather than my EastEnders character

Role in the camp: Chatterbox and little sister

Miss most: My daughter. It’s going to be the longest we’ve been apart

Dream campmate: Denzel Washington would be awesome. I would listen to every word he said

Relationship status: Single

Name: JORDAN NORTH

Age: 30

Claim to fame: Radio 1 DJ 

Phobias: It’s just easier to say what I am not scared of. I have so many phobias

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: On my Radio 1 show, I am always bubbly and energetic but everyone has down moments too, so it will be nice for people to see what I am really like

Role in the camp: Entertainer and the tidy up person –I love a tidy house

Miss most: A nice cool pint of Guinness

Dream campmate: Barack Obama and Liam Gallagher. He would be great entertainment value

Relationship status: Single

Name: HOLLIE ARNOLD MBE  

Age: 26

Claim to fame: Paralympic gold medallist 

Phobias: Spiders

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I don’t want it to focus on my disability

Role in the camp: Cook/shoulder to cry on 

Miss most: My boyfriend, food and my cats

Dream campmate: Michelle Keegan –she is beautiful

Relationship status: Dating

 

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