The past 12 months have been really muggy but it is what it is and we can only hope for a more ‘normal’ summer, right? With summer holidays, springtime weddings and festivals looking a bit precarious, we’re counting our blessings that one summer stalwart is making a comeback.
That’s right, after being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, Love Island will be making a return to ITV2 and show bosses promise it will be bigger and better than ever.
Insiders are reporting that the show’s bosses are going to invest huge sums of money to make this year’s edition go ahead and be a major success. A source told The Daily Star: “Everyone is keen to make this happen. Strictly and Dancing On Ice have happened against the odds and they’re determined that Love Island can do the same. Producers are aware that international travel will still be restricted, so they are having to plan around that.”
According to the paper, the crew are already budgeting for the epic show and looking at hotels for the cast to quarantine in prior to them joining.
“This will definitely be the biggest in show history,” said the insider. Eep!
Ready to put all your eggs in one basket and commit to a nightly fix of Love Island? Here’s everything we know about the upcoming show so far…
When does Love Island start?
It’s early days for production so nothing has been confirmed. Besides, a release date is usually left until the last minute anyway so judging by previous years, we can hazard a guess that Love Island will drop on ITV2 at the beginning of June and run for eight weeks until August.
Who will join the Love Island cast?
We won’t know details on the cast until much nearer the time but according to reports in The Sun, the production team have been given the go ahead to kickstart the process.
“Reality shows can now have huge casts living together as long as all participants and crew have isolated for two full weeks beforehand, as well as having regular temperature testing both on and off-set,” the source told The Sun.
“Obviously there’s always an element of risk but ITV bosses feel it’s time to get the Love Island cogs turning, with a view to it being made in early summer.”
Winter series host Laura Whitmore tweeted: “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 than any other series! Next year is going to be BIG. Stay safe.”
After a record number of applicants for the cancelled 2020 series – and the worst year ever – whether you’re up for applying or just watching the drama unfold, we’re sure this news will be everyone’s type on paper.
“ITV2 are looking for vibrant singles from across the UK who want to head to the sun, in search of a summer of love. The chosen cast will spend time in a luxury villa, getting to know one another, but to remain in paradise they must win the hearts of the public and their fellow Islanders who ultimately decide their fate on Love Island,” reads the application form.
The closing date for submitting the form is 30th April 2021.
Need some tips on how to land a spot on the hit show? We grilled the cast and production team for all their insider tips.