I’m A Celebrity’s Bushtucker trials replaced in huge shake-up as new critter unveiled

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This year’s I’m A Celebrity will be very different from the previous series after the show was forced to temporarily relocate to Gwrych Castle, North Wales. The Bushtucker Trials will have a huge scary shake-up and will push the contestants to their limits. Extra Camp host Vick Hope and ITV executive producer Tom Gould have both teased this year could be the toughest series yet. 

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Vick addressed some of the huge differences between the jungle and the castle.

“It’s going to be freezing,” Vick began. “Yes, in Australia there’s lots of creepy crawlies. 

“Yes, there are snakes. Yes, they’re hungry. Yes, they’re tired. 

“But at least they’ve got the sunshine. This time around it’s going to be so glacial.”

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Discussing the trials, Vick added: “They are bringing in so many critters and all sorts.

“I don’t know if I’m allowed to say but I’m going to say it anyway.”

“One of the new creatures is the bald rat,” she explained. 

“I’d never heard of a bald rat before rehearsals yesterday and I would be petrified.”

The traditional Bushtucker Trials will be replaced this year as the eerie challenges will take place at night. 

Usually, the trials follow Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly’s live visit to camp which takes place in the morning in Australia and in the evening in the UK.

This year the camp will be in the same time zone as the UK and so trials will take place directly after the show airs. 

Executive producer Tom revealed celebrities will be stepping down from stone stairs instead of crossing the famous jungle bridge. 

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He explained: “[The stone stairs] is the equivalent of our Trials bridges in Australia. So this is where they go down and face their fears in the Trials. 

“Obviously it will happen at night, after the live show, so these flaming torches will all be lit and it will be very atmospheric.”

“The trials are going to happen after the live show at night so the day has been flipped,” he continued.

“The trials happen at the end of the day and whatever food they have won will be brought pretty swiftly into camp.”

“Trials will happen in places including the dungeons and the crypt,” he told Mirror.co.uk.

Previously, Tom explained why ITV chose Gwrych Castle: “The first time we saw this castle it immediately felt like the right place to go.

“It has an incredible feel to it. We love the way in which the outside is coming in. 

“You have nature overrunning this place. It felt like a natural home for I’m A Celebrity.”

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Returns to ITV on Sunday at 9pm.

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