I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! 2020 would have been plunged into chaos as AJ Pritchard tested positive for Covid-19.
According to new reports, the former Strictly star, 26, has had a routine test with the other contestants ahead of the new series, which takes place on Sunday, November 15.
The professional dancer, who would be secluded near Gwrych Castle in North Wales with his girlfriend Abbie Quinnen, would be “shocked” because he “felt good” and had taken the precautions outlined.
Spanner in preparation: I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! 2020 was reportedly plunged into chaos as AJ Pritchard (pictured in January) tested positive for Covid-19
The source told The Sun, “Everyone’s on their toes. Like the other competitors, AJ underwent a routine Covid test, which came back positive. He’ll have another before he gets in.
“ITV’s production team has gone to incredible lengths throughout the year to make sure everything runs safely and with as little risk as possible for the cast and crew.
“There is little room for error. If multiple stars are struck, especially one of the older ones, it would put the whole series at risk and be very problematic.
Protocol: The former Strictly star, 26, had a routine test with the other contestants ahead of the new series (hosts Ant and Dec pictured in North Wales last month)
Preparations: The professional dancer is reportedly self-isolating near Gwrych Castle in North Wales with his girlfriend Abbie Quinnen (pictured in February)
Shake-up: This year, the series moved from Australia to the UK due to travel issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (Declan pictured in London on Friday)
It’s unclear if the ballroom star will be on the show following her diagnosis.
MailOnline has reached out to an ITV representative and an AJ spokesperson for further comment.
This year, the series was transferred from Australia to North Wales due to travel issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, competitors and crew will be required to undergo Covid testing throughout their stints.
Last star? On Friday, it was claimed that ITV bosses had completed the show’s star-studded lineup, with DJ Jordan North being the latest star to sign up.
Getting out of your comfort zone: McFly Tom Fletcher star’s wife Giovanna Fletcher has also reportedly agreed to participate in the program
Here are the girls! Corrie star Beverley Callard (left) and theater legend Ruthie Henshall (right) are also part of the alleged lineup
On Friday, it was claimed that ITV bosses had completed the show’s star-studded lineup, with DJ Jordan North being the latest star to sign up.
The radio presenter, 30, is affectionately known as the “substitute teacher” by fans, and since September has hosted the mid-morning weekend slot after acting as a stand-in for many years.
McFly star’s wife Tom Fletcher Giovanna Fletcher has also reportedly agreed to participate in the show.
The author and social media star, 35, has gained a legion of fans with her motherhood blogs and podcast.
TV Star: Presenter Vernon Kay is also said to join the series for a whopping £ 150,000
Roll in the dough: Sir Mo Farah is another big name who should be fighting in this spooky place
Screen star: EastEnders star Shane Richie to attend after much of his work is canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic, sources say
Expensive: Radio host Victoria Derbyshire (left) and Jessica Plummer (right) of EastEnders have reportedly been awarded £ 75,000 for her role
Showman: Opera singer Russell Watson reportedly signed up to star in series on £ 100,000 contract
EastEnders star Shane Richie, Sir Mo Farah, broadcaster Vernon Kay and Coronation Street legend Beverley Callard are just a few of the big names who should be fighting in this spooky place as well.
Opera singer Russell Watson is believed to have signed up to star in the series on a £ 100,000 contract and was pictured en route for a photoshoot before the show last month.
Insiders claim that actress Ruthie Henshall, presenter Victoria Derbyshire and soap opera star Jessica Plummer, meanwhile, will earn £ 75,000 each for their I’m A Celebrity stays.
Para-athlete Holly Arnold, who thinks she’ll pocket £ 50,000 for her appearance, rounds out the lineup.
Sports star: Para-athlete Holly Arnold reportedly earns £ 50,000 for her appearance