I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! has been hit by fresh claims that the show is faked, as sources claimed stars film trials at a separate off-site studio.
Stars are reportedly taken to a separate structure away from Gwrych Castle to record the challenges, as bosses were unable to drastically alter the historical site so it could be used for filming.
This year’s I’m A Celebrity has been relocated to Wales from its usual home in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the crumbling site underwent a big-budget makeover to be used for filming on the ITV show.
What? I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! has been hit by fresh claims that the show is faked, as sources claimed stars film trials at a separate off-site studio (Shane Richie pictured)
According to The Sun, celebrities are taken a set next door to the castle with a large tent, with some areas dressed to mimic the castle interior.
Bosses claimed they had to build the separate site as they couldn’t drastically change the castle’s layout due to it being listed as a Grade II structure.
In some cases celebrities are even transport to the separate site by minibus so they can take on challenges.
Surprising: Stars are reportedly taken to a separate structure away from Gwrych Castle to record the challenges, as bosses were unable to drastically alter the historical site
Really? Celebrities are taken a set next door to Gwrych Castle with a large tent, with some areas dressed to mimic the castle interior
A source claimed: ‘What viewers don’t see is that they’re then taken to an area separate to the castle where they are briefed and then put through their paces.
‘It’s slightly pulling the wool over the viewers’ eyes.’
However an ITV source added: ‘Due to the immense ambition of the build, it was impossible to create these within the actual castle so the trials are filmed in a separate structure on site.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for I’m A Celebrity for comment.
Hitting back: However an ITV source claimed bosses had to build the structure as they were unable to physically change the castle itself so it could accommodate the vast challenges
Vast: This year’s I’m A Celebrity has been relocated to Gwrych Castle in Wales from its usual home in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic
On Monday night fans expressed their fury as it was reported that celebrities are shown how to do the trials before they are aired on TV.
According to reports, the campmates are secretly ‘told what they need to do’ and even ‘allowed to try it’ in a bid to remove some element of ‘jeopardy’ on the ITV show.
It was also claimed that the contestants were shown how to unlock the chains before the gruelling Bar-baric trial earlier this week, where the female celebrities had to unlock their padlocks while being doused in fish guts.
Reports: On Monday night fans expressed their fury as it was reported that celebrities are shown how to do the trials before they are air on TV (Jessica Plummer pictured during a trial)
A source told The Sun: ‘The average viewer would assume that a celebrity walks from camp and goes straight into the trial without any heads up.
‘In reality, they are told what they need to do, and in many cases shown how to do it and allowed to try and do it.
‘It does remove some element of jeopardy, the idea that they know exactly how to escape, or unpick a lock, or release a bolt, before the cameras even start rolling.’
An ‘ITV insider’ added to the publication that if celebrities were to get stuck on ‘intricacies such as locks and keys’ it would make viewers ‘switch off’ I’m A Celebrity.
Claims: The campmates are reportedly’told what they need to do’ and even ‘allowed to try it’ in a bid to remove some element of ‘jeopardy’ on the ITV show (Vernon Kay pictured)
They also claimed that the celebrities are shown what to do in order to ‘wriggle out’ of some sections of the challenges, adding that fans want to see the campmates ‘succeed’ rather than ‘fail.’
An I’m A Celebrity spokesman told Mailonline: ‘Contestants are told the instructions of a Trial and producers ensure that they understand what is required of them in line with our health and safety procedures.
‘Any suggestion of run throughs or practising is incorrect.’
This year’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! campmates have been faced with gruelling conditions at Gwrych Castle in freezing North Wales this year.
Shown beforehand? It has also been claimed that the contestants were shown how to unlock the chains before the gruelling Bar-baric trial earlier this week (pictured)
But past winners Vicky Pattison and Scarlett Moffatt have claimed this year’s series is much ‘easier’ and are outraged that the campmates are given ‘hot’ showers.
I’m A Celebrity has relocated to icy cold Wales from its normal balmy location of Australia for its first ever UK series amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
However Geordie Shore star Vicky, 33, who won the series in 2015, said that a lot of former campmates will think ‘what the f**k’ after watching this year’s ‘easy’ show.
She told The Sun: ‘I do think there’s going to be a lot of past campmates sitting round and watching this year’s I’m A Celeb and going, ‘What the f***? They have it so easy compared to us’.’
Meanwhile the 2016 series winner Scarlett, 30, said she ‘got so angry’ after seeing the campmates having ‘hot water’ for their showers.
The ex-Gogglebox star explained: ‘I know they’re in Wales so it is cold, but they should have ice cold water, that’s part of the experience. Why have they got hot water?’
She went on to claim that the trials are easier this year and said it would have been ‘the dream’ to deal with rotten tomatoes like in Russell Watson and Ruthie Henshall’s first task.
Controversy: Past I’m A Celebrity winners have claimed this year’s celebrities have had a far easier experience with them, including the luxury of hot water in the shower