I’M A Celebrity’s iconic character Kiosk Keith is being replaced by Welsh counterpart Kiosk Cledwyn as part of the show’s radical overhaul for this series.
ITV bosses have made a raft of changes after the long-running series was forced to quit its jungle home in Australia and relocate to Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales, because of Covid-19.
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Kisok Cledwyn, who insiders said is named after the late, legendary local politician Cledwyn Hughes, will make his on-screen debut next week.
A source said: “ITV bosses are having a lot of fun with the tweaks being made to this year’s series, including the characters who’ve been on the show since it started in 2002.
“Obviously flying Kiosk Kev, who is played by a farmer called Mark Herlaar, to the UK was a no-go so they’ve cast Kiosk Cledwyn.
“The name is a bit of an in-joke and is a nod to Cledwyn, who was the Secretary of State for Wales in the late Sixties.
“He will be the face of the new Dingo Dollar Challenge, the game played daily by the celebs to win treats, but it’s been given a revamp.
“The task is now known as the Castle Coin Challenge and will be just as difficult as before.”
The series, which begins on Sunday, has seen a raft of changes to accommodate the stars in their new location.
Along with the length of the show being cut short, the stars also have access to a heated area to keep them warm when the cold sets in.
Celebrities including soap star Shane Richie, 56, BBC broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire, 52, and TV presenter Vernon Kay, 46, are in isolation in Wales ahead of the show’s start.
Earlier this week The Sun exclusively revealed how ex-Strictly Come Dancing professional AJ Pritchard, 26, had tested positive for Covid-19 – casting doubt over his future on the show.
However yesterday bosses confirmed he had recovered and would be taking part.
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