When is Winter Love Island on ITV2? Where is it set?

The show is returning in 2020 for two series - here's everything you need to know

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Believe it or not, Love Island will return to ITV2 less than six months after series five has ended for a Winter edition of the reality show.


This time around, a cast of new models and Instagrammers will be stuffed into a villa in South Africa and urged to forge romantic connections with a view to taking home a cash prize.

Find out everything you need to know about Winter Love Island below…

When is Winter Love Island on TV?

Sooner than you’d think. The brand new series is reportedly hitting our screens straight after the Christmas slump, with sources reporting Winter Love Island has a start date of 8th January 2020.

According to MailOnline, staff working on the show are jetting off to South Africa, on New Year’s Day (January 1) and have a week to prepare before the official anticipated launch on January 8.

While cast will fly out shortly before the show launches, a series of guinea-pig Islanders will be recruited in the lead up to ensure they know the best places to create maximum drama.

A TV source said: “The new Winter Love Island will launch the second week of January.

“Bosses are still deciding on the final date but it is thought to be January 8 – a week after staff arrive in South Africa. It has been decided that the show will run for six weeks instead of the usual eight.

“The new cast of singletons fly out just days before the launch but bosses work with test Islanders to uncover the best spots in the villa to create drama.”

Where is Winter Love Island set?

The action will take place in a “brand new villa in South Africa“. The South African summer runs from December-March, so it should be sunny enough for all the Islanders to get their abs out.

Caroline Flack confirmed during the Love Island 2019 final that the show that the winter series will be taking place in Cape Town.

The presenter, 40, has now filmed the trailer for the upcoming series – which should be dropping very soon.

Speaking on her Instagram Stories, she said: “We have just landed in Cape Town for Winter Love Island.

“We are not sure what to expect – we don’t usually film it in the winter, do we?”

Is there a trailer for Winter Love Island?

The first teaser for Winter Love Island was unveiled during I’m a Celebrity on 2nd December.

A promo was released a few days later, narrated by Ian Stirling, naturally:

Who are the contestants on Winter Love Island?

Although the exact line-up isn’t yet confirmed, the rumour mill is already spinning, with a few names already tipped to be joining the show.

First of which: fitness instructor Ellis Iyayi. According to The Sun, the Leeds-based personal trainer has been headhunted for the ITV2 competition. Aside from his work in the gym, Ellis has also modelled for ASOS, Nike, JD Sports and GymShark.

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Will Caroline Flack and Iain Sterling be presenting and narrating the show?


Flack will be back for another villa attack after telling fans on Instagram that she was off to South Africa for promos in November.

Voiceover hero Iain Stirling has confirmed he will also be back to provide his witticisms for series six.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, he teased: “Do you know what, it’s gonna be an absolute blast.

“Winter Love Island is gonna come back sooner than you thought and it’s gonna be enjoyable.”

When do applications open for Winter Love Island?

Applications for the first Love Island of 2020 are now open, with the closing date being 30th November 2019.

To apply, click here.

The new series is reportedly going to have a smaller cast than Love Island 2019, with the casting team already approaching potential Islanders.

One man claimed he was approached by someone from ITV while at a pool party in Spain, who said they were looking for more distinct personality types on the show.

“I was asked if I was single and they showed me credentials from ITV2,” he told The Sun. “I was a bit nervous about giving my name so they then showed me an email where they’d been asked to find ‘types’. On there, it listed twins, goth girls and Essex lads.”

Further reports claim that casting directors are also on the lookout for “a male virgin, a female stripper, and someone related to the royal family”, as well as “a rock chick, a girl with tattoos and a male surfer dude”.

Think you fit the bill and want to give Love Island 2020 a shot? Here’s some advice from former Islanders

Though be warned – only six of this year’s 36 Islanders made it to the show through its application process – the remaining 30 were put forward by management, or scouted by casting teams.


Will there be a Love Island Winter live stream? 

Unlikely. Whilst the show streams live via ITV Hub simultaneously with its TV broadcast, there are currently no plans from Love Island bosses to introduce a live feed from the villa (similar to the one Big Brother had in its heyday). Read what the producers had to say about it here.