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I’m A Celebrity contestant warns of ‘worst part’ of show as she claims shake-up was needed

Former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! contestant Jennie Bond, 70, discussed her experience on the show in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk. The former royal correspondent said she is looking forward to seeing the series being aired from Gwrych Castle in Wales as she believes it was getting “tired”.

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I think it’s a blessing in disguise

Jennie Bond

She said of the show: “Although I love it and I will always love it and will always feel a part of it, it’s very different when you’ve been in that jungle setting and you’ve been laying down on one of those tiny camp beds. For me, watching it it’s so nostalgic I suppose.

“I can understand everything that is happening so it’s always been special to me, but having said that I think it was getting a little bit tired.

“The trials, you kind of think I’ve more or less seen that before.

“I think this will be a real injection of new ideas which has been forced on because of a new venue, so I think it’ll be great and will rejuvenate it.

“I think everything needs shaking up a bit, I think it’s a blessing in disguise.”

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I’m A Celebrity contestant Jennie Bond discussed her experience on the show (Image: ITV)

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2020 will air from Gwrych Castle in Wales (Image: GETTY)

Discussing the “worst part” of her experience, she said it was the “boredom” that sometimes got to her.

However, she ended up enjoying having nothing to do due to her usual busy schedule in the outside world.

“I think the worse part was the danger of real boredom because the days stretch out, they were really really long and they woke us up ever so early,” she divulged.

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“Sometimes there was nothing to do for the 15/16 hours if you weren’t on a Bushtucker trial, apart from going to get some wood to keep the fire going or get some water.

“I say a danger rather than boredom, I did get bored at times but then I thought when have I had time to be bored?”

I’m A Celebrity contestant Jennie Bond said the show’s change is a ‘blessing in disguise’ (Image: ITV)

I’m A Celebrity contestant Jennie Bond urges the latest celebs to ‘be themselves’ on the show (Image: GETTY)

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Presenters Ant and Dec usually present the show from the famous jungle in Australia.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic this year, camp mates will stay in the UK and take on challenges from Gwrych Castle in Wales.

A line-up for this year’s series is yet to be unveiled, however rumoured contestants include Matt Baker, AJ Pritchard and Jenny Ryan.

TV Studios’ director of entertainment Richard Cowles said of the shake-up: “We pulled out all the stops to try and make the series happen in Australia.

“Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and despite us looking at many different contingencies, it became apparent that it just wasn’t possible for us to travel and make the show there.

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“However, we are all really excited about a UK version of I’m a Celebrity.

“While it will certainly be different producing the show from the UK, the same tone and feel will remain.”

Whoever the brave campmates may be, Jennie has advised anyone taking part to just be themselves. 

She said: “I think be yourself, other people have said that as well, it’s too long of a period, three weeks, to try and put on some kind of act.

“Be yourself, I will always remember, it was at the front of my mind, ‘It’s a game, it’s a game show it’s not real life and have a bit of fun’, and that’s what I did.

“I didn’t try and put on an act or a strategy, it was just a game it was just fun.”

She added: “I didn’t mind the hunger because I did lose weight but I mean what woman doesn’t want to lose weight? I loved the fact.”

Jennie ended her experience in second place behind winner Kerry Katona.

A date for this year’s series is yet to be confirmed.

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