I’m A Celebrity viewers were left baffled after bosses were forced into a big change to how the contestants arrived on the show due to social distancing.
This year’s show has faced a series of obstacles thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, firstly with it having to switch to a Welsh castle from its usual home of the Australian jungle and more recently after various lockdown restrictions were imposed in large areas of Wales.
But on Sunday night, to the delight of millions of viewers, I’m A Celebrity got underway with hosts Ant and Dec coming live from the show’s new home of Gwrych Castle in Abergele.
And, just before we got our first look at this year’s I’m A Celebrity lineup in action, the lads revealed that the show had been forced to make a change to how the contestants arrived on location.
Dec explained: “Normally in Australia we’d start with five celebrities in a helicopters but unfortunately that can’t happen this year,” before Ant added: “The good news is they’ve got a helicopter each!”
Dec joked: “Even the helicopters are socially distanced….how very 2020!”
This year’s campmates, including Mo Farah and Vernon Kay, had been in isolation in the weeks leading up to the start of the show and that, plus the fact they were forced to arrive alone, meant viewers were completely baffled when they all hugged each other.
Taking to Twitter, one posted: “They all have their own helicopters for social distancing Celebs: *Hug each other* …Well that was pollution for nothing then,” and another commented: “Why did they have to go in in separate helicopters just to all hug and kiss when they got on the ground.”
A third reacted: “So they spent all that money on a helicopter each for them to hug 3 seconds after meeting?”
The celebrities have formed a bubble, similar the one formed by couples on the new series of Strictly Come Dancing, in order for them to be in close proximity on the show.
So if you see a supportive hug now and again, don’t be alarmed as no rules are actually being broken.
The campmates are also set to be tested every three days.