ITV reality show won’t return despite more than 5,000,000 viewers tuning in last year

I’m A Celebrity South Africa won’t be back (Picture: ITV)

I’m A Celebrity South Africa won’t be returning for a second series despite being a ratings success.

The special spin-off saw favourite celebrities from the main ITV show, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, heading to South Africa to compete in an all-stars version, with hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly at the helm.

Myleene Klass was eventually crowned the ultimate ‘legend’ after beating campmates including Helen FlanaganJoe Swash and Jordan Banjo.

While the episodes in the traditional annual show filmed in Australia are live and show highlights from the past 24 hours, the spin-off was pre-recorded.

This meant that instead of the public voting for who leaves, and choosing the person who eventually wins, it was all determined by trials.

In the final face-off between Myleene and Jordan, they had to tackle a disgusting eating trial. Some of the stomach-churning items included fermented eggs, pig snouts, chicken intestines, mice tails and stinky tofu.

Myleene was eventually crowned the winner (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)

Last year, fans of I’m A Celebrity got two series of the popular show, that began in 2002, but it has now been confirmed it was a one-off to mark a special anniversary after it was originally reported by The Sun.

An ITV spokesperson told ‘I’m A Celebrity… South Africa was commissioned to air in 2023 to celebrate favourite campmates from the past 20 years as they returned to the jungle.

‘The series was one of the biggest Entertainment shows of the year averaging 5.2million across its consecutive weeknight run and reaching over 1 million 16-34s for the launch episode.

‘It was never planned for the series to return again this year.’

This means we’ll have to wait until November to tune into the 24th series and see who Sam Thompson will be passing his floral crown to, but perhaps their use of ‘this year’ spells hope it could possibly back in the future.

Sam won I’m A Celebrity in 2023 too (Picture: James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock)

Ant and Dec, both 48, previously hinted that it could return during an Instagram live. When one fan asked if Ferne McCann could do I’m A Celebrity, Ant replied: ‘Ferne’s already done it, she’s already done it! But she could do South Africa when we do that. We could have her on that.

‘We must do a little South Africa list.’

After winning the show filmed in Kruger National Park, Myleene, 46, donated the full £100,000 prize money to Save The Children UK.

‘I’ve seen for myself, this money will go far. The mouse tails and rotten tofu were worth it,’ she remarked.

The full line-up also included Carol Vorderman, Paul Burrell, Dean Gaffney, Janice Dickinson, Andy Whyment, Georgia Toffolo, Amir Khan, Gillian McKeith and Shaun Ryder.

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