I’m A Celebrity is back and fans were wondering why the Saturday episodes have taken a slightly different format this year. For the first time, the Saturday episodes will be round-ups of the best bits from throughout the week, where fans will get to see some exclusive content. Yesterday’s episode is the first of the round-up episodes, and Ant and Dec were talking fans through shower scenes, A-list showbiz exclusives and much more.
Fans did not take lightly to the news, with one fan saying on Twitter: “Me getting excited for the best time of the day and then realising it’s not a proper episode.”
Earlier in 2020 ITV confirmed the Saturday shake-up, saying the Saturday episodes will consist of “the very best of the camp action from that week including unseen footage”.
The episode featured some highlights from throughout the week, including Jordan North’s first trial, the Viper Vault.
One fan said: “Well that’s disappointing…. was looking forward to tonight’s live episode #ImACeleb”
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Fans have loved watching the live trials and the candid chats between the campmates, who have formed strong friendships already.
But the series has only been airing for a short while, and viewers are keen to see more action rather than a round-up episode.
The official Twitter account for I’m A Celebrity had warned fans ahead of the episode on Saturday, saying: “Watching @jordannorth1 go from vomit to victory in 6 short days. We’re rounding up an epic first week in the Castle at 8.45pm on @itv, @wearestv and @itvhub #ImACeleb.”
Fans were quick to show their disappointment, with one responding: “Why a catch up show tonight? We’ve seen it all over the last week, show us new stuff! #ImACeleb“
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There will be some fresh content in the Saturday episodes as ITV has promised to show some exclusive content, which has been kept back from the weekly episodes.
But viewers are still curious to know why the change has been put in place for the first time this year, with one saying: “We’re having the same conversation! They did 7 days a week in Australia, why less here?”
Another fan said: “Can you tell us why we’re watching what we’ve already seen and why they’re not live. They’ve NEVER not been live.”
Some viewers have gone as far as to boycott the show, with one saying they had “turned it off” for the first time following the news it would be a recap episode.
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According to Telly Mix: “The Saturday show change follows the celebs being told to alter their sleeping habits to allow the show to film in the UK rather then Australia, where there is a 12 hour time difference. [sic]”
However this has not been confirmed by ITV or the creators of the series. Contestant AJ Pritchard was heard saying on a podcast how the trails were filmed “at 1am”, so they had been told to alter their sleeping patterns to accommodate.
The show will revert back to normal on Sundays, with the live show resuming.
The news may have come out of the blue for some, but the shake-up had been announced earlier in November by ITV.
One fan posted a photo on Twitter which showed a man with his head in his hands, saying: “Me watching the British public make up conspiracy theories about crew getting covid when they literally announced WEEKS ago Saturday night shows would be highlight reels #ImACeleb.”
Viewers have been unable to get their heads around the change, with many saying they were “disappointed” to see it was a roundup from throughout the week.
Another fan said: ” What the hell is tonight’s episode of #ImACeleb it’s only been a week we don’t need highlights already!!!”
This year’s season has gone down in history as it moved to Wales for the first time, and the stunning Gwrych Castle has become the new home for campmates.
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