I’m A Celebrity….Get Me Out of Here has been booted from its usual January timeslot in favour of a long awaited and highly anticipated new season of The Bachelor.
The news comes as a shock to fans of both franchises, who are used to a new season of The Bachelor airing every November, while I’m A Celeb usually airs like clockwork in early January.
Now, bachie fans have been told to wait until January and I’m A Celeb fans have been told they have until March before a new season comes to life on their television screens.
After announcing that the new season of The Bachelor would feature three eligible men, with filming underway and almost complete back in May 2022, the series has been pushed in favour of other Channel 10 programs.
It is unclear how the season will progress with the new format, but it’s safe to say the delay wouldn’t have occurred if Channel 10 wasn’t proud of the final product nor saw it as a ratings success.
The new format comes as the loved up franchise continues to see less and less viewers across the nation, many long time fans complaining that the show had grown stale, with less than 300k viewers tuning in to the 2021 finale, a stark comparison to the millions that tuned in for earlier seasons.
But back to I’m a Celeb, there are some positives to be had, regardless of the delay.
In a post on social media last month, the show confirmed when and where the new season would be filmed.
”We’re headed back to Africa in 2023! Oh, and we’ll be arriving just in time for Easter so it’s a new time of year but we’re BACK, baby,” the post read.
Fans were quick to share in their excitement; ”Yay! I liked it better in Africa with the voting and the challenges were better. Can’t wait!,” one user wrote.
”As much as I loved I’m a Celeb being filmed in Australia, the African communities have done it very hard during COVID so putting money back into their communities is a good thing,” wrote another.
Another positive: fan favourites Julia Morris and Chris Brown will also be returning to host.
For fans who are unable to handle the five month delay of the Logie award winning show, the UK version of the show is currently filming in the Springbook National park in Queensland and has started airing this week.
The all star lineup includes Matt Hancock, Boy George, Mike Tindall, Charlene White, Jill Scott, Chris Moyles, Scarlette Douglas, Owen Warner, Sue Cleave, Babatunde Aleshe and Olivia Atwood.