JOE Swash has warned fans that I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! will be a “different show” to what they’re used to this year, with the series being filmed in the UK instead of Australia.
However, the 38-year-old star insisted that show bosses will “make it work”, with ITV securing an abandoned castle in Wales to film in.
Joe won the series back in 2008 and also hosted its sister programme for 10 years – between 2009 and 2019.
The ex-EastEnders actor’s girlfriend Stacey Solomon was also crowned Queen of the Jungle in 2010, making the power couple experts in the reality series.
Giving his thoughts on a Wales-based I’m A Celeb, Joe said: “It felt weird when Ant didn’t come back and Holly did it, but then when we got rolling with filming it felt fine and everyone’s worry was put to rest.
“But I do think Australia is as big a part of the show as Ant and Dec. So I don’t know how it’s going to come across.”
He added to OK magazine: “All I know is the people that work on that are top notch, so if anyone can make it work, they can.
“It’s just going to be a different show.”
This is the first time in I’m A Celeb’s 18 year history that it won’t be filmed in Australia.
The November move to the chilly wilds of Wale is due to travel restrictions related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, making it impossible to film at the usual jungle camp.
A source on the ITV show said: “Producers are chuffed with the new location — they’re excited for a change in scenery this year.
“Obviously upping sticks and moving to a completely new location was a tough decision, but they feel confident it’s the right one.
“The Bushtucker trial crew, who work tirelessly all year round, have been working overtime to come up with some terrifying new trials and challenges.
“It’s a brilliant move for viewers as celebs will have no idea what to expect. It’s going to be compelling viewing.”