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.”
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.
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”.
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.