I’m A Celebrity shake-up as live trial axed

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Each year, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! contestants face the dreaded live trial alongside their fellow campmates. The live trial which has been a hit with viewers, has seen the likes of dietitian Gillian McKeith faint under the pressure whilst taking part. However, this year the iconic trial is set to be axed by bosses which will no doubt leave the dedicated fans of the show devastated.

The format shake-up comes as former Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been voted to do the last six trials.

Matt admitted before he went into the camp that his biggest fear was snakes and didn’t know how he would perform under the pressure, however, he has flown through each trial he has faced.

Bosses behind the ITV show have explained the live trial has been scrapped due to logistics, with a source explaining: “Bosses have been so buoyed with the success of this series that they wanted to break the old moulds and keep the format fresh.

“The celebs expect to do a live trial when they sign up to the show but producers are keen to keep them on their toes and leave them guessing as to when it will be.”

“But viewers will be pleased to learn that Celebrity Cyclone is back with the final four battling the elements before someone is crowned the winner,” they added to The Sun.

The shake-up will reportedly see bosses take inspiration from Netflix’s hit series Squid Games, in the place of the live trial.

The celebrities will be wearing the iconic red jumpsuits with their voting number printed on the pocket to imitate those seen in the hit survival drama TV series.

Last night, Matt Hancock had been spared for another trial as Boy George, Chris Moyles and Babatunde Aleshe finally got a chance to leave camp.

The trio took on the Angel of Agony, where Ant explained: “This is the Angel of Agony. We’re feeling very at home because it’s loosely based on the legendary Geordie landmark, the Angel of the North.

“You’ll each take a position within the angel and you’ve got to work together as a team to get the stars from the bottom to the top.

“The celebrity at the bottom gets the stars from the hell holes and passes them to the celebrity in the middle.

“The celebrity in the middle then gets the stars through the mesh to the celebrity at the top. The celebrity at the top must then use their magnet to move the stars into the wings.

“Every star you get into the wings before the end of time is a meal for camp.”

Boy George was placed at the bottom, Babatunde in the middle and Chris on top, with what they thought was the best chance at getting every single star.

As he faced the hell holes, Boy George chanted away to calm his nerves, which included: “The scorpions are my friends.”

However, the boys entered into chaos as the trial went on and only managed to win a total of three out of a potential 11 stars.

Feeling guilty, Babatúndé said: “I apologise, man, this loss was on me.”

When they returned to camp, Babatunde said in the Bush Telegraph: “I definitely feel like I let the team down, my campmates down… I just couldn’t get the hang of the Trial today.”

Boy George explained: “I was proud of myself for overcoming my terror. Then I wanted to cry after.”

Chris admitted: “I don’t think there should be a next time for me.”

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! airs daily from 9pm on ITV.

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