I’m a Celebrity surprised fans by starting the programme tonight with a Welsh language song – Gwenwyn by Alffa.
The song by Dion Jones and Sion Land became the first to pass one million plays with a Welsh language song on the streaming service Spotify in 2018.
Alffa, from Llanrug in Gwynedd, formed in 2015. Following their early success, they were signed by international distributors PYST.
“It was a very strange experience, hearing our song on I’m a Celebrity,” Dion Jones toold S4C. “But I’m just proud and very thankful to everyone who made it happen.”
I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here series is being filmed in Wales this year after Covid-19 restrictions made travel to Australia impossible.
The use of the Welsh language song pleased both I’m a Celeb and Alffa fans online:
I’m 14 mins behind but did they just play Alffa- Gwenwyn on the opening credits?! Lush! #ImACeleb
— Sammy Jenkins 🧡 (@Saaaammmy) December 2, 2020
I’m a Celebrity, Get me Alffa Here https://t.co/uJXjNiguRz
— Recordiau Côsh Records 🎗 (@RCoshR) December 2, 2020
Nice to see #ImACeleb using a Welsh language song in their intro. Gwenwyn by Alffa! 😍
— Hana Imiolczyk (@Hana15x) December 2, 2020
— Lois Gwenllian 🏴🇪🇺 (@loisgwenllian) December 2, 2020
Gwenwyn by @alffa_band on I’m a Celebrity? Gwych 👌🏴
Despite some of the usual derogatory stereotypes they’ve done alright so far to be fair.
— Swans Fans For Welsh Independence (@SwansForIndy) December 2, 2020
Alffa’s song Gwenwyn can be listened to here:
Perhaps producers were attempting to make up for Mo Farah’s blunder on Monday in which he accidentally identified Scotland as Wales during an I’m a Celebrity challenge.
During the challenge, Mo Farah ended up in front of a map with shields positioned on different countries and had to use the walkie talkie to describe them to another celebrity.
Mo Farah said he was “struggling to find Wales on the map” and misidentified it as Scotland.
After winning the challenge, fellow contestant Giovanna admitted: “I don’t think either of us have a career in geography teaching to be honest.”