ITV hires Chilean mine for I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here

15 Oct


Katie Price Chilean Mine I'm a celebrity

Katie Price enters the San José mine for the new series of ITV's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here


ITV has hired the San José Mine in Copiapó, Chile  for use as the venue of the new series of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Seleb Spy has learnt.

The mine, where 33 workers were trapped for 69 days before being plucked to safety earlier this week, has been leased to ITV for an undisclosed fee for the filming of the 2010 series of the hit reality show.

According to sources at ITV, this year’s group of celebrities will include Peaches Geldof, Fearne Cotton, Danny Dyer, and  favourites from previous series of I’m a Celebrity including Katie Price, Kerry Katona, Tara Palmer Thompkinson, and Mylene Klass.

A producer of the show said: “Viewers have become bored of the Australian jungle and the same old tasks. How many times do people want to see Katie Price eating a kangaroo’s anus or Jenny Bond having possum semen squirted in her eyes?

We wanted to shake things up a bit. When we were watching those poor little Incas on the news, trapped down that mine, hundreds of feet underground, on the other side of the world, isolated from society, we thought ‘wouldn’t that be a great place to send the likes of Katie Price and Danny Dyer?'”

The Fénix 2 steel rescue capsule, in which the Chilean miners were winched to the surface, will be used by the celebrities to enter the mine.

A spokesman for the Chilean navy, who manufactured and owns the rescue capsule, confirmed that ITV had been granted its use for the I’m a Celebrity launch night in early November. He said: “ITV have requested the use of the Fénix 2 capsule to allow the celebrities to descend into the mine.

“But strangely they haven’t expressed any interest to use it at any point after that.”

No details have emerged of the tasks the celebrities will have to endure once in the mine, nor of the practicalities of sending bulky cameras and sound equipment down the very narrow borehole. Marcus Smith, Entertainment Editor of the Financial Times said: “All the details seem to concern getting the celebrities down the mine, but then there seems to be no plans about what they are going to do when they are there or indeed how ITV plan to get them out again.”

The relocation of I’m a Celebrity to the mine is expected to provide a much-needed boost to the local economy. A large cement company in the region has been one of the first to benefit. Sales director Pedro Sanchez said: “ITV have put in an order for a huge amount of cement – far too much for a building.

“It’s like they are planning to fill in a massive hole or something.”

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