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Viewers Slate I'm A Celebrity For This Year's Lineup

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Viewers Slate I'm A Celebrity For This Year's Lineup

I'm A Celeb fans are not impressed with this year's cast of campmates.

The new series of the hit reality show kicked off this weekend, with Ant and Dec returning to Gwrych Castle for a second year running due to travel restrictions preventing the show from going back down under.

And this year's cohort of celebs is made up of ex-BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin, Olympic Gold Medallist Matty Lee, Radio 1Xtra DJ Snoochie Shy, TV presenter and journalist Richard Madeley and choreographer Dame Arlene Phillips, DBE.

Music producer Naughty Boy, Paralympic Gold Medallist Kadeena Cox, MBE, football legend David Ginola, pop star and presenter Frankie Bridge and Emmerdale star Danny Miller are also taking part.

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Richard Madeley is one of the campmates this year. Credit: ITV
Richard Madeley is one of the campmates this year. Credit: ITV

However, despite all that, there are plenty of people watching at home who have been slating the series for the quality, or lack thereof, of the contestants.

Writing on Twitter, one unhappy camper said: "I'm sorry but the I'm a Celeb line up is rubbish this year. Don't know half of them."

Echoing the discontent, another chimed in: "God this year I'm a Celeb line up is so s*** bring back Harry Redknapp."

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A third said: "I'd watch TV purely for I'm a Celeb before Covid... is it just me or is the show/line-up rubbish in Wales?"

While yet another added: "I'm not watching I'm a Celeb this year... line up is w***, googled that David fella and don't see the attraction tbh."

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The series has returned to Wales for a second year running. Credit: ITV
The series has returned to Wales for a second year running. Credit: ITV

And when they eventually read the reviews, I'm sure the campmates will be well glad they stayed up until 4am every night so that they could eat!

Speaking about her experience last year, Victoria Derbyshire said they were forced to stay awake until the wee hours every single night by producers.

Writing in The Mirror, she said: "Because it's filmed in the UK again this year, unlike in Australia, every night is a very, very late night - we didn't get to bed until three sometimes four in the morning (obviously we didn't have watches or 'phones so those times are estimates).

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"This is because the trial takes place after Ant and Dec have come into the castle, live, to announce who the public has voted for.

"That individual then goes off to do the challenge and often doesn't arrive back until midnight - 1 o'clock in the morning.

"The food gets delivered sometime after that - which we then had to chop/wash/work out how to cook, before eating at 2.30am-3am."

Victoria Derbyshire. Credit: ITV
Victoria Derbyshire. Credit: ITV
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Derbyshire went on to explain that because they were eating so late in the night, contestants would then also have breakfast super late.

She said: "What I learned though from the whole experience is that when the pressure's on to win stars in order to feed your fellow campmates, you can make yourself do almost anything.

"The food: there's never enough of it.

"For breakfast (which we ate at lunchtime) we had a small portion of rice and beans; for tea we had the same, and then in the early hours of the morning we'd cook whatever had been won in the trial.

"I'd never before prepared, let alone eaten, eel, pigeon or squirrel - but that's what we got and we had to at least try it, otherwise it was rice and beans again or hunger pangs.

"It was often the men in our camp - Vernon Kay, AJ Pritchard, Mo Farah and Russell Watson who still had cravings after we'd eaten."

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: I'm a celebrity, Entertainment, Funny, UK Entertainment

Dominic Smithers
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