I’m A Celebrity 2020 will ‘trigger phobias’ and ‘expose the contestants emotionally’ expert reveals

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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is just one day away now and we can’t wait to see what it has in store.

The famed Australian jungle has this year been swapped for the mysterious Gwyrch Castle in Wales, where a star-studded lineup will head to battle it out for the king or queen title.

And if the first look inside is anything to go by, the series is going to make you grimace just as much as the Australian version.

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Discussing the impact the series and location is set to have on contestants, Psychotherapist Noel McDermott spoke exclusively to OK! Online to say they will be “exposed emotionally.”

Noel explained: “In their professional lives [the celebrities] have a role they adopt to help them manage being in the public eye. The challenges and the context of the show may and often do break down this persona.”

I’m A Celebrity is renowned for its gruesome challenges, and over in Australia we saw the contestants eating all sorts of things which made us grimace, including spiders and witchetty grubs.

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As a result, Psychotherapist Noel continued to say that the show will “trigger phobias” for the celebrities.

He explained: “Generally the challenges in this type of situation are not likely to cause long lasting harm on the contestants’ mental health, except in cases where there may already be phobias or other anxiety disorders.

“However, it is of course possible to trigger phobias from unpleasant and challenging activities and this is exactly how a phobia would be started.

"A phobia is a fear based reaction to a generally non harmful animal or situation, the most commonly known one is arachnophobia, or fear of spiders. In shows such as this, individuals are often placed in scenarios where this could happen.”

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We were recently given a first look inside the spooky castle where the show will be taking place.

The jungle shower has been replaced with a watering can over a rusting bath, setting the tone for the rest of the dilapidated and run-down interiors.

Elsewhere, there’s a camp fire for the celebrities to sit around and cook on but instead of lush jungle surroundings they’ll be sat amongst rubble and stone.



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A dumb waiter will be wheeled in for the contestants to enjoy their food, if they win their meals that is, as opposed to the usual food package being dropped from the treetops.

You’ll also notice that there ruins feature smashed windows and moss and ivy is billowing out of the stone walls – a delightful setting indeed!

The Game of Thrones-esque location was impressively transformed in just 10 weeks after the location had to be reconsidered amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Trials will be taking place at night, with the camp expected to wake up at around two in the morning, and not rise until late morning.

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