I’m A Celebrity 2021 – Will Ant and Dec be back in Australia for series 21?

Will it be a welcome return to the Australian jungle, or could we be crowning another King or Queen of Gwrych Castle in this winter's celebrity camp challenge?

By Katie Archer Published: 13 July 2021 - 12.34pm
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I’m A Celebrity has weathered all kinds of storms in recent years – Dec having to present without Ant, camp not being able to return to Australia, Beverley Callard revealing a nickname for her husband that we just can’t unhear – and yet, the show is still going strong.

The long-running celebrity contest is now heading into its 21st season, and having managed not to be cancelled by a global pandemic, there’s little doubt it will still be going strong this autumn.

Every year, rumours about what - and who - camp will involve start early, and 2021 is no different, so read on to find out everything we know so far about where it will be held and who will be starring in it.

When is I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! back on TV?

Ever since the fourth series way back in 2004, our regular jungle (or castle) jaunt has been on our screens regular as clockwork in mid-November.

When even coronavirus didn’t manage to change that timetable, it proved that I’m A Celeb is a show you can set your watch by.

Traditionally, the series starts on a Sunday night and this year, we’ve already got November 14 circled in our 2021 calendars for the return of the show.

As usual, it will air on ITV which has been its home since it began in 2002.

Where will camp be based this year?

That’s the million dollar question…

Last year, I’m A Celebrity was due to celebrate its 20th series Down Under and the series launch was preceded by a documentary which looked back at its long history in the Australian jungle, which had been recorded before the world changed.

But one pandemic later and Australia had shut its borders to UK visitors – leaving the show with nowhere to set up camp.

Enter Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales, where the celebs might have been a little chillier than usual, but where the creativity of the crew and infectious camaraderie of the camp-mates proved that we actually didn’t miss the jungle at all.

As coronavirus restrictions have begun to ease in the UK, the rumours about whether the show would be back in Oz or in Wales have flip-flopped more times than Boris Johnson trying to decide whether we need to stay at home or not.

Talking to Lorraine Kelly about whether Australia’s borders would open in time, hosts Ant and Dec said: "It's still all up in the air at the minute. People are having conversations with Australia to see if they will let us in, and to see if that's going to work.

"If not, we have got a lovely alternative to go back to in Wales. We had a great time there and had a really lovely series. The people of North Wales made us feel very welcome, and we'd gladly go back there."

However, ITV bosses have made no secret of the jungle being their number-one choice if it is an option.

Who will host I’m A Celebrity?

Ant and Dec

Of the 20 seasons of I’m A Celebrity that have aired so far, there’s only one that hasn’t seen Ant and Dec at the helm.

In 2018, Ant took a year off from broadcasting to battle addiction and mental health issues, leaving good friend Holly Willoughby to ably assist his best pal Dec in the jungle.

However, all three of them were clear that it was a one-off situation, and sure enough by the following year Ant was back in place beside Dec.

The pair have made it clear they will be back to present the contest again this year.

Who are the 2021 campmates?

It’s far too early at the moment to say who’s likely to be joining the 2021 camp, but of course there are a few rumours doing the rounds already.

Ex-Corrie star Lucy Fallon, Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall and TV presenter Matt Baker have all been touted as possible stars of this year’s show.

There are also a few people backing the idea that Piers Morgan could join camp now that his Good Morning Britain duties are over.

Keep checking back throughout the year to see which other names come up.

Who won last year’s I’m A Celebrity?

The reigning champion and the first ever Queen of the Castle is Giovanna Fletcher.

Known as the camp mum in the 2020 series, 36-year-old mum of three Fletcher won the audience’s hearts by always having a kind word for everyone.

The author, Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast host and CBeebies Baby Club presenter is also married to McFly’s Tom Fletcher and is the sister of Towie’s Mario Falcone.

Jordan North and Vernon Kay were her runners up, but we’ll have to wait until the end of the year to find out who she passes her crown to - and where!

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