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I’m A Celebrity: New wooden structure is built outside Gwrych Castle

The stars of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! look set to be faced with a drawbridge exit on this year’s series.

A new wooden structure has been built outside one of the entrances to Gwrych Castle in North Wales as this year’s crop of celebrities gear up for the show.

Ariel photos show a large platform has been built with a star visible at the end of the drawbridge where the stars will likely pose on their way out.

Exit: The stars of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! look set to be faced with a drawbridge exit on this year’s series

In Australia, contestants who were voted out left the jungle by crossing a suspension bridge, complete with pyrotechnics and confetti cannons. 

The same style of pyrotechnics are reportedly in place on the platform that were used along the bridge in Australia.

Further stage areas are also said to be currently being built next to the prison cells which are expected to play a role in the bushtucker trials.

A representative for ITV declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline.   

Back in action: Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly will be presenting the show from the UK for the first time

Back in action: Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly will be presenting the show from the UK for the first time

Platform: A new wooden structure has been built outside one of the entrances to Gwrych Castle in North Wales as this year's crop of celebrities gear up for the show

Platform: A new wooden structure has been built outside one of the entrances to Gwrych Castle in North Wales as this year’s crop of celebrities gear up for the show

It comes after the show has reportedly been thrown into chaos as AJ Pritchard has tested positive for Covid-19.

According to new reports, the former Strictly star, 26, had a routine test along with the other contestants ahead of the new series.

The professional dancer, who is said to be isolating near Gwrych Castle with girlfriend Abbie Quinnen, is believed to be ‘shocked’ as he has been ‘feeling fine’ and following the precautions set out.

The source told The Sun: ‘Everyone is on tenterhooks. Like the other contestants AJ had a routine Covid test, which came back positive. He will have another one before going in.

‘The ITV production team have gone to incredible lengths all year to make sure everything is carried out safely and with as minimal risk to the cast and crew as possible. 

New look: Ariel photos show a large platform has been built with a star visible at the end of the drawbridge where the stars will likely pose on their way out

New look: Ariel photos show a large platform has been built with a star visible at the end of the drawbridge where the stars will likely pose on their way out

Production: In Australia, contestants who were voted out left the jungle by crossing a suspension bridge, complete with pyrotechnics and confetti cannons

Production: In Australia, contestants who were voted out left the jungle by crossing a suspension bridge, complete with pyrotechnics and confetti cannons

Familiar: The same style of pyrotechnics are reportedly in place on the platform that were used along the bridge in Australia

Familiar: The same style of pyrotechnics are reportedly in place on the platform that were used along the bridge in Australia

Trials: Further stage areas are also said to be currently being built next to the prison cells which are expected to play a role in a bushtucker trials

Trials: Further stage areas are also said to be currently being built next to the prison cells which are expected to play a role in a bushtucker trials

‘There is little room for error. If several stars are struck down, particularly one of the older ones, then it would throw the whole show into jeopardy and be very problematic.’ 

It is unclear whether the ballroom star will participate on the series following his diagnosis.

MailOnline has contacted an ITV representative and a spokesperson for AJ for further comment.

This year has seen the series relocate from Australia to North Wales due to travel concerns sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gearing up: Another large wooden structure could be seen on the grounds of the castle

Gearing up: Another large wooden structure could be seen on the grounds of the castle 

Change: This year has seen the series relocate from Australia to North Wales due to travel concerns sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic

Change: This year has seen the series relocate from Australia to North Wales due to travel concerns sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic

Speculation: Earlier in the week, a fan spotted helicopters hovering over Gwrych Castle, with some speculating that the aircraft contained some of the contestants from the series

Speculation: Earlier in the week, a fan spotted helicopters hovering over Gwrych Castle, with some speculating that the aircraft contained some of the contestants from the series

Earlier in the week, a fan spotted helicopters hovering over Gwrych Castle, with some speculating that the aircraft contained some of the contestants from the series.

Residents of Abergele told The Mirror: ‘We heard them coming over and the best vantage point to see them was from the back bedroom.

‘So we legged it upstairs. My wife was faster than me getting her mobile phone out. They came from the Rhyl direction, flew over Gwrych Castle then they banked and went out to sea.

‘Then they banked again and came south to the castle and flew off westwards, behind the castle.’  

Stars: Residents of Abergele told The Mirror: 'We heard them coming over and the best vantage point to see them was from the back bedroom'

Stars: Residents of Abergele told The Mirror: ‘We heard them coming over and the best vantage point to see them was from the back bedroom’

They added: 'So we legged it upstairs. My wife was faster than me getting her mobile phone out. They came from the Rhyl direction, flew over Gwrych Castle then they banked and went out to sea'

They added: ‘So we legged it upstairs. My wife was faster than me getting her mobile phone out. They came from the Rhyl direction, flew over Gwrych Castle then they banked and went out to sea’

The insider said: 'Then they banked again and came south to the castle and flew off westwards, behind the castle'

The insider said: ‘Then they banked again and came south to the castle and flew off westwards, behind the castle’

Strict: Hosts Ant and Dec, the contestants and crew will have to undergo Covid tests throughout their stints

Strict: Hosts Ant and Dec, the contestants and crew will have to undergo Covid tests throughout their stints

Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, the contestants and crew will have to undergo Covid tests throughout their stints. 

On Friday, it was claimed that ITV bosses completed the show’s star-studded lineup with DJ Jordan North being the final star to sign up. 

McFly star Tom Fletcher’s wife Giovanna Fletcher was also thought to have agreed to take part in the programme.

The author and social media star, 35, has won a legion of fans with her blogs about motherhood and podcast.

Line-up: On Friday, it was claimed that ITV bosses completed the show's star-studded lineup with DJ Jordan North being the final star to sign up

Line-up: On Friday, it was claimed that ITV bosses completed the show’s star-studded lineup with DJ Jordan North being the final star to sign up

EastEnders star Shane Richie, Sir Mo Farah, broadcaster Vernon Kay and Coronation Street legend Beverley Callard are some of the big names expected to also battle it out in the spooky location.

Opera singer Russell Watson is thought to have signed up to star on the series on a £100,000 contract, and was pictured heading to a pre-show photoshoot last month.

Insiders claim actress Ruthie Henshall, presenter Victoria Derbyshire and soap star Jessica Plummer, meanwhile, will earn £75,000 each for their I’m A Celebrity stints.

Rounding out the lineup is Para-athlete Holly Arnold, who is believing to be bagging £50,000 for her appearance.

The new series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here starts on Sunday 15 November.  

Spanner in the works: I'm a Celebrity has reportedly been thrown into chaos as AJ Pritchard (pictured in January) has tested positive for Covid-19

Spanner in the works: I’m a Celebrity has reportedly been thrown into chaos as AJ Pritchard (pictured in January) has tested positive for Covid-19


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