I’m A Celebrity beach barbecue award sees show accused of ‘breaking its own rules’

Viewers of I’m A Celebrity have accused the ITV show of ‘breaking its own rules’ with an award that will see three of this year’s cast whisked out of the jungle and jetted off to enjoy a luxurious beachside barbecue.

The new series of the much loved show is about to run for two weeks and millions of viewers tune in every night to catch the latest in the field. Drama so far has included the shocking exit of Olivia Attwood, just one day after the new series launched on ITV, which she has now blamed on an ‘insurance’ problem and the belated arrival of disgraced ex-secretary Matt Hancock, with his co-stars nearly stunned to silence as many viewers at home as shocked by the decision to sign him up.

At the start of Wednesday night’s episode of I’m A Celebrity, hosts Ant and Dec informed fans that fellow campmates would be competing in a trip out of the jungle and a helicopter ride to a beach barbecue. where they could enjoy a slap up surf ‘n’ turf meal.

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Blindsided by the news, viewers took to Twitter puzzled that something like this could happen, as the point of the show is for celebrities to be in the jungle all the time. One tweeted, “I’m not funny but having camp mates flying to the beach for a barbecue ruins the whole point of the show.” Equally indifferent, another critic reacted: “Send them off for barbecues!? It’s not like I’m a celebrity… Poor @ITV,” as several others stated which three fellow fielders they thought deserved the award, with Jill Scott, Owen Warner and Mike Tindall the big favourites.

Campmates were told of the unexpected surprise during Wednesday’s show and then had to go through fairground-themed challenges in an attempt to win as many colored balls as possible to increase their chances of going to the barbecue.

The outcome will become clearer thanks to the Scareground process, with the abandonment of public voting, so the fellow campmates themselves had to choose which three of them would take part. Ant and Dec broke that news when they went to camp, but what was then supposed to be a cliffhanger for Thursday’s show, turned out to be anything but the decision was made quickly as the cameras continued to roll.

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