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I'm A Celebrity is all set to return to our screens on 15 November as 12 camp mates head to Wales for the new-look series.

The ITV show, which was recently dealt a blow with rumoured contestant AJ Pritchard 'testing positive for Covid', will see this year's celebrities face extremely freezing temperatures.

Now a top psychotherapist has said the contestants will go into a "transitional shock" which could lead them to get "emotional and sexual" as they get used to their new surroundings.

Speaking to Mirror Online, expert Noel McDermott said: "I'm A Celebrity is in a different category psychologically to other reality TV shows, because the guests are celebrities who deliberately court attention in the course of their lives.

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"But we mustn't forget they are human beings and as such as vulnerable in their own ways as anyone else," he admitted.

"Anyone taken out of their normal context and placed into a new and strange one is likely to experience what we call 'transition shock'.

"This is when our everyday reference points and relationships are suddenly taken away and completely replaced. This is a shocking experience psychologically, something akin to being bereaved," Noel explained.

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"It's why often in the reality TV genre we see a lot of acting out emotionally, sexually etc. in the beginning as participants are overwhelmed by this shock."

Noel's expert opinion comes after ITV bosses, who fear fans will fly drones over the set, were worried about the celebrities quitting due to the harsh environment.

A source told The Sun: "There have been some concerns at ITV that it's going to be a mega shock to the system when they leave the lap of luxury and are suddenly living in a damp, squalid castle.



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"There are fears some will sack it off. They were even worried some might not even enter the castle at all.

"This will be harder than the Australian jungle. It will be damp and freezing," the insider explained.

This year's crop of famous faces reportedly heading into the castle are presenter Vernon Kay, Coronation Street's Beverley Callard, Olympian Mo Farah and Eastenders actress Jessica Plummer.

Other names also mentioned are journalist Victoria Derbyshire, paralympian Hollie Arnold and actor Shane Richie.

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