It turns out there's a 'hot water switch' in the I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! camp - but before you start fuming about the apparent luxuries in camp, bear in mind that it's not quite as it seems.
The ITV reality show returned last week (21 November) for another instalment in Gwrych Castle in Wales, having relocated from Australia last year amid ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
As always, the celebs have had to strip things back to the basics with their 'humble abode', which features 'no hot water or electricity, stone-cold walls and old camp beds'.
No hot water or electricity? Stone-cold walls and old camp beds? Sounds like we're home :smirk:
Check out these snaps of the Celebs' humble abode for the next few weeks... :european_castle: :camera_with_flash: #ImACeleb pic.twitter.com/umJ8ais2vl
- I'm A Celebrity... (@imacelebrity) November 20, 2021
However, yesterday The Sun reported that it's not all bad for the contestants, claiming they have a 'secret hot water supply' that can be turned on with a switch.
"Producers said the VIPs have to manually pump a device to reach a certain pressure for the boiler to work," the outlet said.
"In reality, it can be turned on with the flick of a switch."
But it transpires that, while there is a special switch, it's not something the celebs have access to, meaning there isn't a constant supply of hot water for them to enjoy.
Instead, there are three things they have to do to earn and be rewarded with the good stuff - and even then, it's only lukewarm, not hot.
To get the water, campmates have to burn the wood (and keep it burning), pump the pump, AND pump it for 40 minutes twice a day.
Producers have a dial that tells them once this is done, and it's only then that the celebrities are given lukewarm water.
If they don't complete all these tasks, they must continue with cold water.
One thing the stars do have, however, is cigarettes - something that's been allowed in the Welsh castle and when the programme was originally filmed in Australia.
A spokesperson for ITV previously explained: "Celebrities who smoke are allowed to smoke in camp. They have to smoke near the campfire and then put stubs out in the fire.
"We don't have an allocation regarding cigarettes, if a celebrity smokes, they can smoke. Smoking is not hidden on screen."
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