I’M A Celebrity bosses have scrapped plans for a live trial this week after logistics played havoc with their plans.
The pressure is on for producers to make the live trial bigger than ever this year after the hit ITV show has returned to its home in Australia following a two-year break caused by Covid restrictions.
An insider said: “Bosses have been so buoyed with the success of this series that they wanted to break the old moulds and keep the format fresh.
“The celebs expect to do a live trial when they sign up to the show but producers are keen to keep them on their toes and leave them guessing as to when it will be.
“But viewers will be pleased to learn that Celebrity Cyclone is back with the final four battling the elements before someone is crowned the winner.”
In 2010 the show was thrown into chaos after dietitian Gillian McKeith famously collapsed in front of her campmates after hosts Ant McPartlin, 46, and Declan Donnelly, 47, revealed she had been voted to do the live trial.
Ant and Dec were forced to cut to an ad break as Medic Bob rushed in with an oxygen mask for the TV nutritionist – who is famous for inspecting poo on the 2004 Channel 4 show You Are What You Eat.
But this year, viewers are set for a treat after The Sun revealed that bosses on the show are taking inspiration from Netflix’s Squid Games.
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The celebrities will be kitted out in red jumpsuits with their voting number printed on the pocket to imitate those seen in the hit South Korean survival drama television series.
However the ITV show is understood to have not been granted permission from Netflix to copy the outfits that the celebrities, including Boy George, 61, and Jill Scott, 35, will be made to wear.
Meanwhile the camp has been put on high alert after a horde of venomous snakes were captured around the site.
Expert handlers have snared bagfuls of the poisonous Eastern Small-eyed and Red-Bellied Black serpents – just a few feet away from where the celebrities are sleeping.
The venom from Eastern Small-eyed snakes can cause long-term muscle damage and kidney problems while untreated bites from Red-Bellied serpents can prove fatal.
And the site team have also placed warning signs around the camp in New South Wales to remind the crew to remain calm if they stumble across the slippery reptiles.