The bosses of I’m A Celebrity must decide within the next two weeks whether the series returns to Australia or stays in Wales for a second year.
The ITV series filmed at Gwrych Castle last year after the Covid-19 pandemic made safe travel to Australia impossible.
A source told MailOnline: ‘ITV has to decide within the next two weeks whether they will travel to Australia or Wales this year. It’s time to make a decision!
Decision: I’m A Celebrity bosses to decide within the next two weeks whether the show returns to Australia or stays in Wales for a second year
Wales is sketched out as we know it, but clearly everyone wants to go back to Australia.
“However, if they choose Australia, there is every chance that it will be canceled later because of Covid. If they choose Wales this is guaranteed to happen. “
The source added that if the show stays in Wales for another series, ITV will have to shell out more money than Australia.
They added: “It is MORE expensive to film in Wales than to fly to Australia because it is a four month package.
Change: The ITV series filmed at Gwrych Castle last year after the Covid-19 pandemic prevented the show from traveling safely to Australia (Ant and Dec pictured in Australia in 2019)
“That’s why they have to make a decision now. Hurry up. And there is no show without them. So everything indicates that it is Wales. Oz is way too risky.
An ITV spokesperson has since confirmed to MailOnline that the bosses have “plans in place” for the two sites.
They said: “No decision has been made on the location of the new series and we have contingencies and plans in place for all possible options. ”
A source told MailOnline: ‘ITV has to decide within the next two weeks whether they will travel to Australia or Wales this year. It’s time to make a decision! (photo with 2020 winner Giovanna Fletcher)
It comes after reports that the location of the show remained on hold after Australia warned international borders would remain closed indefinitely.
Earlier this week Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said reopening the borders too soon would expose the country to another more ruthless outbreak of Covid – Finance Minister Simon Birmingham pushing the date back to 2022.
Due to current regulations, travel to Australia is only permitted if travelers are “exempt” or have obtained an “individual exemption”.
According to The Mirror, “Talks are reportedly underway at ITV,” while Gwrych Castle is said to have “an agreement” to host I’m A Celebrity again this year.
Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly recently said plans to return to Australia for I’m A Celebrity this year are “still pending.”
Cost: The source added that if the show stays in Wales for another series, ITV will have to shell out more money than Australia.
The Prime Minister said Australians have come to accept local lockdowns as “part of living with Covid-19” and residents have no “appetite” for change.
He warned that reopening the borders too soon would expose the country to another more ruthless outbreak of Covid-19, like those seen in the UK, India and Europe.
“We sit here like an island that lives like few countries in the world right now,” he told the Sunday Telegraph.
“We have to be careful not to trade this way of life for what everyone else has.”
Australians have been banned from leaving the country since March 2020 without special exemptions, and only citizens and permanent residents have been allowed entry under some of the world’s toughest Covid-19 border rules.
But Mr Morrison has denied adopting an “elimination strategy” and said suppressing the virus remains the government’s primary goal.
“Australia’s COVID suppression strategy has not changed to an ‘elimination’ strategy and ‘zero cases’ is not our goal,” he said on Sunday.
“There will always be cases when we send Australians home from overseas. As always, we will continue to listen to medical advice and make decisions in the best health and economic interests of all Australians.
Last year, the government predicted that international borders would be opened in October 2021 after the adult population was offered a vaccine.
They said, “That’s why they have to make a decision now. Hurry up. And there is no show without them. So everything indicates that it is Wales. Oz is way too risky ‘
However, Finance Minister Simon Birmingham said the date would be pushed back to a certain time in 2022 amid slow vaccine deployment and uncertainty over the ability of the Covid-19 vaccine to protect against mutant strains of the virus.
Earlier this month, hosts Ant and Dec said plans to return to Australia for I’m A Celebrity this year are “still pending.”
The duo Geordie, both 45, revealed the producers were having conversations with Australia “to see if they would let us in” for the show set to air this fall, though they added that they “would happily return to Wales” for the next series.
Speaking on Lorraine, Dec said of the upcoming series: “Everything is still on hold, people are having conversations with Australia to see if they will let us in.
Otherwise we have a nice alternative to go back to Wales where we had a great time.
Uncertain: This comes after hosts Ant and Dec say plans to return to Australia for I’m A Celebrity this year are “still pending”
“We had a great run and the people of North Wales made us feel very welcome. We would stay there again. But we’ll see if it’s Oz or Wales, we’re not quite sure yet.
In March, ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall confirmed that bosses are hoping the show will return to the jungle, because that’s how the show is “meant to be.”
Speaking as the network released her group’s annual results, she said: “If we can go back to Australia – and this show is supposed to be in Australia – then that’s what we’ll do. Otherwise, we have a very good plan, as we have already done once (in the castle).
Prior to confirmation, hosts Ant and Dec argued that this year’s series will return to Wales.
The presenter duo said they would be “very happy” to stay in the UK for filming when the series returns later this year, joking that they “won’t miss the jet lag.”
‘It’s a waiting game’: this comes after it was reported last month that I’m A Celebrity won’t know if he is able to return to his usual home in Australia for the next 2021 series until September (Ant and Dec photographed at Gwyrch Château in 2020)
Last year, I’m A Celebrity was moved to Gwrych Castle in Wales after plans to record the usual show in Australia became impossible due to COVID.
Speaking to Digital Spy magazine, Ant said: ‘If during the coronavirus we have to stay put and do it again in Wales, I would be very happy.
“We have been made very welcome in Wales. There were cardboard cutouts of me and Dec in the butcher shop, and the local school paid tribute. We would stay there again. We would miss the sun, the spirit.
Dec added that he “wouldn’t be disappointed” if the shoot took place in Wales again later this year, adding: “The people of Wales were lovely…
“They made us feel very welcome. I had a good time. I will miss the sun, but I will not miss the jet lag back home from Australia.
Plans: In March, ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall confirmed that bosses are hopeful the show will return to the jungle, because that’s how the show is “meant to be” (Dec pictured )