Ant and Dec reveal I'm A Celebrity WILL return to Australia for 2022 series

I'M A Celebrity is returning to Australia this year, Ant and Dec have revealed.

For the past two years the ITV reality show has taken place at Wales' Gwrych Castle due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking on Heart radio this morning, Ant confirmed the show is going back to its "spiritual home".

Ant told hosts Amanda Holden and Jamie Theakston: "The plan is we're going back to Australia. It's got to go back to hits spiritual home. Everyone wants to see a bit of sunshine at that time of year on the telly."

Back in December we revealed fed-up fans of the show were desperate for it to be back in Australia in 2022 — and would even prefer a year off than a return to Gwrych Castle in North Wales.

They thought the trials in the castle were easy and the latest series wasn’t up to much.

A Sun poll ahead of the final revealed only a quarter of viewers — 24 per cent — believed Gwrych Castle should play host for a third year.

Thirty-one per cent said producers should head somewhere other than the Grade I country house near Abergele.

A total of 41 per cent said the show should take a year off for the first time in the its 20-year history.

A source said: “The castle was a worthy venue for a year, but the viewers clearly want Australia or nothing.

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“The novelty of a new location was exciting last year, but in 2022 it just has to be Oz again.”

Overall, 80 per cent of viewers reckoned the stars had it too easy this year while only ten per cent thought it has been hard for them. The rest were undecided.

Some 79 per cent agreed that the producers had “blatantly” manipulated the series.

Eight per cent disagreed and the rest sat on the fence.

Viewers also felt that the previously feared trials had become a doddle.

Just six per cent rated them the “most hard” yet while 65 per cent felt they were “mostly easy”.

The source added: “The programme’s always been seen as the hardest of the big reality shows, but this year people seem to think it was too straightforward.

“Despite the occasional intruders and the site taking a battering from Storm Arwen, fans reckon the celebrities had a walk in the park.

“They were well fed, well watered and living in a warm-ish castle. It didn’t feel as hard as previous years despite bosses’ claims it would be.”

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