Channel 10’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here will look very different next year with the show confirmed to move to Northern NSW.
*This story has been updated
Despite internal haggling with some executives and talent trying to have the show filmed in South Africa, the final decision has been made to film the next season in Northern NSW where the UK version is usually filmed.
Adding to issues facing the production is the fact the show is now being recorded from the first week in November and will be edited along the lines of Channel 7’s Big Brother for its January transmission.
The shoot will be faster than normal as the production will not have to work in a 24-hour cycle. TV Blackbox understands multiple episodes will be shot per day as filming will not be dependent on public voting results until the live finale in February.
Producers are still on the search right now for ‘celebrities’ to take part in the filming of the 2021 series. Of particular interest are those inside the Gold Coast ‘bubble’ who can cross the border with ease.
As with all productions currently taking place, COVID-19 restrictions will be strictly adhered to both on and off camera. Chris and Julia will not be allowed within 1.5 metres of each other at any time.
The move to NSW has upset some of the cast and crew who are keen to support the South African people who work on the show and the surrounding communities. Dr Chris Brown is known as the ‘medicine man’ for his charitable work outside of his hosting duties.
One positive for the production is the fact many crew members are leaving the Big Brother set in Sydney for the Channel 10/ITV production. TV Blackbox understands available crew are hard to come by at the moment due to a glut of reality shows currently in production. Some crew who were already booked for Big Brother have resigned after gaining employment on IAC. Tensions between producers is at an all time high as each production tries to lock in the best talent.
Late this afternoon Channel 10 came back to us, with a spokesperson saying:
“We will announce details regarding IAC next week at our upfronts. Casting is underway and has not been extended. Claims that there have been drop outs are completely false. There have been absolutely no drop outs.”
While this statement is at odds with the information provided to us from very trusted sources, we do trust the person who supplied the statement and have updated our story accordingly.