Fans have noticed something odd about ‘I’m A Celebrity’ this series, which has caused a great deal of controversy on social media. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen celebrities get up, close and personal with a whole host of jungle critters during trials on pre-recorded shows and live broadcasts – but now fans have been left confused as to what’s really ‘live’ and what’s not.
There has always been controversy as to whether the main show is airing live at such an early time, but on a recent episode of the ITV 2 spin-off show, ‘I’m A Celebrity…Extra Camp!’, eagle-eyed viewers noticed something a little peculiar about Ant McPartlin’s watch which may have given away a clue.
If you look close enough, you’ll be able to see that the watch face is much darker than one may expect and therefore some believe that black tape has been used to obscure the time. Why? Well, some viewers have come up with their own conspiracy theory.
Many viewers have suspected that producers are set on tricking viewers into thinking that the show is live, when in fact these ‘live’ episodes have already been pre-recorded at an earlier time.
Some of those who spotted the clue jumped on Twitter to discuss their thoughts:
“Why is Ant’s watch covered over on Extra Camp? Is it because it’s not live?” one said.
“Why is Ant’s watch covered over on Extra Camp? Is it because it’s not live and is As Live because Richard Madley’s watch was showing a different time to the TV time on Monday night.” another asked.
Before another confused fan also questioned: “Anyone know why Ant and Dec’s watch faces were covered up?”
Well, we can actually reveal the real reason behind the bizarre watch ‘cover-up’ theory; confirmed by those involved with the show.
ITV bosses announced that Ant and Dec are told to cover up their watch faces so that celebrities are completely unaware of the time of day, when the pair enter the camp to give announcements and talk about upcoming trials.
The official Ant and Dec Twitter page also responded to one confused viewer last year when the same question was asked, confirming: “It’s so the celebs don’t see what time it is.”
Apparently, it’s not just the two main hosts who are told to follow these rules, but every single person to come in contact with the celebs too – just to make their experience even more uncomfortable.
Scarlett Moffatt who hosts Extra Camp! alongside Joel Dommett and Joe Swash admitted that each and every show is most definitely broadcast live due to the amount of “mistakes” which occur on a daily basis.
“Now, I can reveal, the reason for this is, is actually, we are live, that’s why we make lots of mistakes.” she said. “It’s so the campmates don’t know the time, so all the watches are covered for the people that see the campmates all the time, like Ant, Dec and Medic Bob.” she said.
Joel also went on to say that producers get a thrill out of keeping the campmates awake, as they are never fully unaware of the time and when is appropriate to go to bed.
He also confirmed that during his stint on the jungle last year, campmates were told to stay awake by producers, if they believed it was time to hit the pillow: “There is a tannoy with a voice. At one point it said, ‘Guys, just to let you know, it is really early!'” he said.
Talking of her own experience in the camp, Scarlett also said: “You have no concept of time when you’re in there.“I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this but I’m going to say it. We once all went to bed at around 4pm, obviously, you just don’t know what time it is, and the producers had to be like, ‘Guys, it’s a lot earlier than you think…I think it’s just so you’re really disorientated.”
Meanwhile, Rebekah Vardy was the latest celebrity to leave the camp last night and caused quite a stir when she frequently branded fellow campmate, radio DJ Iain Lee of being “fake”.
Talking to hosts Ant and Dec after her exit, she said: “Honestly, he is fake. He is going in there to win and he is playing the sympathy card and he isolates himself from the rest of the camp, and then as soon as the cameras are on he wants the limelight.”
But, despite the negatives, she went on to say that she has had a truly memorable experience during her stint on the show: “Do you know what? I’ve had the most amazing time – but I’m so glad to get out of there! It was an amazing experience and something I will never, ever forget.”
“I’ve learnt that I’m so miserable and so cranky sometimes and I can give looks that literally kill,” she said, when asked how she had been coping.
Rebekah was also reported to have been ‘bullying’ Iain and speaking on Good Morning Britain with Susanna Redia and Piers Morgan today, she made sure to address the claims, stating that such rumours had been stirred-up by the press.
“In all honesty, we all got on really well contrary to what may or may not have been said,” she told the two presenters. “In all honesty, we all got on really well contrary to what may or may not have been said.
“There were no dramas, no issues whatsoever. We all got on so well. Maybe that’s what the public didn’t like.” she said.
But, the mum of four did admit that some of her harsh comments towards Iain were down to the fact that she had been struggling in the camp: “I was under pressure when I made that comment about him earlier being an ‘utter fake’. That was slightly taken out of context.” she said. “Do you know what? Iain and I had some really nice conversations, we spoke about what we’d been through in our past and I gave him a lot of pep talks.”