This is why I’m a Celebrity is finishing early in 2020 - and date of the final episode

I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! is a firm favourite for viewers across the country in the run up to Christmas.

However, fans may be left feeling short-changed this year as the highly anticipated show will not run for its usual three weeks.

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So why has the ITV hit show been cut short and when will it end? This is what you need to know.

When will the show end?

I’m a Celebrity began on 15 November this year, and ITV has announced the end date will be Friday, 4 December - two days before it was expected to conclude.

This means the contestants will be in the castle for two weeks and five days rather than three weeks.

The finale will air for an extended period of one-and-a-half hours - from 9pm until 10.30pm on ITV1/STV.

Since the show is shorter than usual, contestants will begin to be voted out by the audience on 27 November.

Why has it been cut short?

The reasons behind the premature finale have not been disclosed by ITV bosses. However, several obstacles had to be overcome earlier in the year to get the show on air, so it could be down to a number of factors related to the pandemic.

This year the show had to be moved to Gwrych Castle in Wales - rumoured to be haunted - to the despair of the celebrity contestants. This is in stark contrast to the usual set up in New South Wales, Australia.

Who is expected to win?

While Olympian Mo Farrah was the firm favourite on the run up to the show going Live, bookies have now ruled him out of the running.

Instead, Eastenders barman and bushtucker trial favourite Shane Richie and self-declared ‘terrified of everything’ Radio One DJ Jordan North are front runners for the crown. North is in the lead with odds of 10/11.

Paralympian Hollie Arnold, 26, has the bookmakers’ highest odds to get the boot on 27 November’s show.

Where can I watch I’m a Celebrity?

You can watch the live shows every night, except a Saturday, at 9pm on ITV or later on ITV catch up.