I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! is in chaos after the production was hit with a Covid outbreak just days before the final of the 2022 series.
Ahead of the grande finale on Sunday, ITV bosses have been forced to implement strict safety measures, including the mandatory use of face masks, after two crew members tested positive for Covid at the beginning of the week.
As producers are rumoured to be throwing all they have to make the final the biggest one yet, things in the campsite have taken a sudden jolt backwards following the outbreak of the virus.
Sharing insight into the unexpected mishap at the I’m A Celebrity camp, an insider said that all hands are on deck to try and salvage the grande finale that ITV bosses had prepared for months on end.
“Everyone is on high alert given it is so close to the end of the series,” the source revealed.
“The producers have grand plans to make the final bigger than ever so no one is seen without a mask and there have been loads more people queueing up to get themselves tested on site.
“The team also closed down the night shift tent which sells snacks and drinks to the crew in order to give it a deep clean. Safety is paramount on a show of this scale and bosses are sure that the strict measures they have in place will mean that the final will still go ahead as planned,” the insider told The Sun.
They added that it was two members of the production team who tested positive for Covid.
It comes as I’m A Celebrity bosses are aiming to pile on the pressure in the show’s highly anticipated final this weekend.
The ITV reality show bosses have decided to add extra jeopardy to the final three trials of the series by making the contestants do their last Bushtucker Trials facing off with each other.
After completing Cyclone on Saturday night there will be one more eviction leaving three for the final to literally go face-to-face in their last challenge.
A show source told The Mirror: “The trials in this year’s finale show will be the most competitive and dramatic ever.
“They are hard enough doing them to win a course for the final meal in camp, but now they will have the added pressure of looking their fellow campmates in the eyes as they try to win stars.
“On top of that in the final some people will be thinking about the prospect of being king or queen, so they’ll be watching knowing if the person is doing well or looking good they could be watching the moment someone else wins the series.
“It will add pressure but also be fascinating to see the body language of the trio. I wouldn’t want to go last waiting around and then having all the pressure on you to finish off the job.”
I’m A Celebrity airs every night at 9pm on ITV and ITVX