Love Island is set to stay off screens until summer 2021, with the winter series canceled.
The show was put on the backburner due to the coronavirus pandemic, which makes not only filming a dating reality show, but one in another country, incredibly difficult.
Now the return date for the much-loved series, filmed in Majorca, has been confirmed.
An ITV spokesman said today: ‘Love Island UK will return bigger and better than ever with an extended run in summer 2021.’
A source told The Sun: ‘ITV want Love Island to be a huge success so have decided to put all their energy into making next summer’s series a bumper run, and not trying to force a winter version given the uncertainty in the television industry still at this point.
‘January 2021 seems a long way off but the process would be starting imminently and with certain restrictions still in place they don’t want to approach anything half-baked.’
Last month ITV announced that the annual summer series, hosted by Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling, will not be taking place over health and safety measures.
‘We have tried every which way to make Love Island this summer but logistically it’s just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the wellbeing of everyone involved and that for us is the priority,’ ITV boss Kevin Lygo confirmed.
He went on: ‘In normal circumstances we would be preparing very soon to travel out to the location in Mallorca to get the villa ready but clearly that’s now out of the question.
‘We are very sorry for fans of the show but making it safely is our prime concern and Love Island will be back stronger than ever in 2021. In the meantime Love Island fans can still enjoy all six series of Love Island on BritBox.’
With the news we won’t be blessed with those singletons in Spain for another year, we can only imagine how many people will be lining up to appear on the programme.
Casting had already begun on the summer 2020 series of the show, with ITV receiving a record number of applicants.
Speaking about the original postponement, Love Island host Laura, who replaced Caroline Flack for the first ever Winter Love Island earlier this year, said: ‘Like with a lot of things because of restrictions with travel, social distancing and unable to plan ahead, Love Island is postponed until 2021.
‘Great news is that there have been more applications then any other series! Next year is going to be BIG. Stay safe.’
Well, until summer 2021, there’s always Love Island Australia…
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