Here's why I'm a Celebrity contestants are made to stay up until 4am every night

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Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here is officially back for 2021, and while it's not the Australian Outback like the good old (pre-Covid) days, it's still got everything we want: gross trials, Ant & Dec's hilarious commentary and mostly, celebrities doing ridiculous things. Although, there's one thing about filming in Wales that changes up the whole show pretty drastically - thanks to the lack of time difference the celebrities are made to stay awake until three or four am every night. Ouch.

The reason for this, according to former contestant Victoria Derbyshire, is that the trials take place directly after the 9pm show airs on ITV, and the celeb chosen to take part in the leaves the camp immediately and heads off to try and collect as many stars as possible for their campmates.

Photo credit: ITV  - ITV
Photo credit: ITV - ITV

After filming and completing the whole trial, by the time they return to the camp it's usually gone midnight, at which point they start the process of cooking dinner based on the amount of stars - and therefore food - won in the trial.

Speaking to The Mirror 2020 contestant Derbyshire explained that this only happens when the show is filmed in Wales, as it was last year, rather than Australia as usual.

"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)."

I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here continues tonight at 9pm on ITV.

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