I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

Is I'm A Celebrity Australia real or fake? We investigate

The jungle is full of secrets...

By Jess Pullar

Let's be honest, we all wouldn't mind living the seemingly plush life of a celebrity every once in a while.

From the very finest decor, drool-worthy wardrobes and plush cars at your finger tips, it seems there's plenty to be enjoyed when you're an A-lister insider.

But that's why shows like I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! are rather enjoyable to watch.

The show, which will premiere its fifth season on Australian screens on January 13, provides a sight for the eyes as pampered celebs are thrown into a jungle where they have to fend for themselves, win challenges and sometimes lose a little bit of dignity as they vie for small comforts we often take for granted.

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Is everything as dire as it seems for the celebrities in the jungle? *(Image: Network 10)*
Is everything as dire as it seems for the celebrities in the jungle? (Image: Network 10)

Going by past seasons tantrums, dramatic weight loss and tell-all interviews, it seems the show really does go all out in putting celebrities well and truly out of their comfort zone... well almost.

The show itself is indeed filmed in a rather remote location, with previous series being filmed in none other than the Kruger National Park, Africa - a long way from the bustling inner city hubs of Sydney and Melbourne where many of the contestants usually reside.

But when it comes to the set, it seems there might be some allowances - that's if other seasons and international versions of the show are anything to go by.

Keep scrolling as we investigate the supposed realness of the TV show that has the world glued to their screens.

Is the camp real?

According to former contestants on the English version of I'm A Celebrity, the camp itself isn't all it seems.

Women's Own magazine revealed that some of the rocks where many of the British contestants are seen seated are actually made out of papier-mâché. Yep you read that right!

What's more, the waterfall seen in a number of scenes is also claimed as being rather unnatural.

UK news website Heart reported that the waterfall was an artificial prop which was turned off for three hours a day in order to conserve water.

Parts of the campsite might well be modified on the reality TV show. *(Image: Network 10)*
Parts of the campsite might well be modified on the reality TV show. (Image: Network 10)

Do the contestants get extra food?

The aforementioned weight loss from a number of past contestants definitely suggests that celebs really are put to the test when it comes to earning their food - and the British version of the show has backed this up.

Speaking to UK publication, The Mirror, a medic for the show confirmed that some celebrities had been so malnourished that they suffered from dizziness.

Luckily, show producers don't put them completely at risk, allowing medics to give them "electrolyte drinks and some glucose," the medic revealed.

"If you could see how much rice and beans they get per person, per day, I think you'd be quite shocked. The little bit of rice is quite tiny and the little bit of beans is quite tiny."

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Does airtime make a difference?

Avid fans will agree that show fixing is a serious offence, and the 2016 season in the UK was case in point.

Viewers claimed that Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffat was given an "unfair" amount of screen time by producers, which ultimate led her to win the show, according to The Mirror.

One fan addressed the rumours on social media saying: "As much as I love I'm A Celebrity, it's getting really annoying that 90% of the airtime is filled with Scarlett, bit of favouritism going on?"

The husband of another contestant also took to Twitter to voice his concerns about the way Scarlett was portrayed on the show.

"I do like Scarlett but it's almost like she's been scripted," he wrote in a Tweet.

"She knows exactly what to say to get people on her side. Is it real?"

Looks like we'll be keeping a very close eye on airtime of each contestant in this impending Australian season!

Can contestants sneak in their own possessions?

Funnily enough, it seems it's very possible for contestants to sneak in their own little treats. What's more, it doesn't even seem that difficult!

During the 2018 Australian season of I'm A Celebrity, contestant Josh Gibson plain admitted that he had snuck in his own preferred vices.

"I snuck in lollies in my water bottle and the lining of my Akubra hat had coffee sachets," he revealed to Now To Love.

It seems former contestant Josh managed to sneak his own treats into the jungle! *(Image: Network 10)*
It seems former contestant Josh managed to sneak his own treats into the jungle! (Image: Network 10)

And it seems there's also some leeway when it comes to some other, rather unbecoming habits.

In 2016, it was revealed that some celebrities are allowed one particular luxury from time to time during filming - cigarettes.

Indeed Network 10 itself confirmed that contestants have been allowed to smoke off-camera. This included known smoker Shane Warne during his I'm A Celebrity stint.

In an extract from his book No Spin, Warne admitted: "I could smoke but had to follow the process of being about a hundred yards from the camp with a security guard accompanying me."

Furthermore, the blonde cricketer was also allowed to have his hair done, as it apparently required a treatment by Advanced Hair every three weeks.

"It was a simple enough strand-by-strand process to the crown of my head and took no more than 45 minutes."

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