Winter Love Island is well underway and with it being the first of two Love Island series in 2020, there’s plenty to keep fans thrilled.
There has been a lot of change this time around, including a new host, new villa and a whole new batch of cast members looking for love.
Laura Whitmore is presenting this time around, with her boyfriend, Iain Stirling, returning as the witty narrator.
This is also the first series to feature female twins Jess and Eve, who have caused a major stir in the villa as brand new bombshells.
However, we can still expect the same Love Island action that has kept us completely hooked for the past five years – and just like the Sherif scandal last year, – we’ve already had one shock exit after Ollie chose to quit the villa after just three days.
So, before we ask “winter to do one,” here’s everything you need to know about the ongoing series of Love Island on ITV2 including who’s taking part, how to watch it and who our new host is…
What time is Love Island on TV?
Love Island started on Sunday 12th January on ITV2 at 9pm. Now the series is back, it will air every night at 9pm, apart from Saturdays – in which we’re treated to Love Island: Unseen Bits, hosted by Iain Stirling with some previously unaired moments from the week.
Winter Love Island 2020 was originally going to be on for four weeks, but this has now been extended to six weeks.
ITV confirmed the news just days in to the winter series, meaning there’s even more sizzling drama to enjoy.
Laura Whitmore was confirmed as Love Island’s new host for the January 2020 series.
“To say I’m excited to be heading to Cape Town to host Love Island, the biggest show on television, is an understatement,” she said on her appointment.
“I want to thank ITV for trusting me at the helm of this huge show. I wish it was in better circumstances; Caroline is a brilliant host and also a friend. We’ve spoken a lot in the last few days since she stepped down. She has been very kind to me and strongly pushed me for this role.”
Previous Love Island host Caroline Flack announced in December she would be stepping down from the show, after she was arrested and charged with assault by beating.
Revealing the news on her Instagram story, the 40-year-old said: “Love Island has been my world for the last five years, it’s the best show on telly.
“In order to not detract attention from the upcoming series I feel the best thing I can do is to stand down for Series 6. I want to wish the incredible team working on the show a fantastic series in Cape Town.”
A spokesperson for ITV told RadioTimes.com: “ITV has a long standing relationship with Caroline and we understand and accept her decision. We will remain in contact with her over the coming months about future series of Love Island.”
Who are the contestants on Winter Love Island?
The initial Winter Love Island 2020 line-up was revealed in January and already there’s been some new additions and some shock exits. Here’s your rundown of all the runners and riders in this year’s first Love Island.
Read our first look at our contestants here.
Connagh Howard – Key Facts
Coupled up with: Sophie
Read more about Connagh here.
Coupled up with: Paige
Read more about Finley here.
Leanne Amaning – Key Facts
Job: Customer service advisor
Coupled up with: Mike
Read more about Leanne here.
Siânnise Fudge – Key Facts
Job: Beauty consultant
Coupled up with: Connor
Read more about Siannise here.
Jess Gale – Key Facts
Job: Student and VIP hostess
Coupled up with: Nas
Read more about Jess here.
Shaughna Phillips – Key Facts
Job: Democratic services officer
Coupled up with: Callum
Read more about Shaughna here.
Sophie Piper – Key Facts
Job: Medical PA
Coupled up with: Connagh
Read more about Sophie here.
Paige Turley – Key Facts
Coupled up with: Finley
Read more about Paige here.
Mike Boateng – Key Facts
Job: Police officer
Coupled up with: Leanne
Read more about Mike here.
Connor Durman – Key Facts
Job: Coffee bean salesman
Coupled up with: Siânnise
Read more about Connor here.
Callum Jones – Key Facts
Coupled up with: Shaughna
Read more about Callum here.
Nas Majeed – Key Facts
Job: Sports science graduate and builder
Coupled up with: Jess
Read more about Nas here.
Eve Gale – Key Facts
Job: Student and VIP hostess
Read more about Eve here.
*Ollie left the show on day three after realising he was still in love with someone outside of the villa.
Ollie Williams – Key Facts
Job: Heir to the Lanhydrock Estate
Coupled up with: Paige, before his exit
Why did Ollie quit Love Island?
The 23-year-old bowed out the villa after just three days after realising he still had feelings for his ex-girlfriend.
“I have to be honest with myself, and everyone, that I do still love someone else,” he said in the Beach Hut.
“I have to follow my heart in this scenario and it would be wrong for me to ignore these feelings. At the end of the day, this is Love Island and it’s about finding love.
“If I carried on anything with Paige, or any other girl that might come into the villa, it wouldn’t be fair on them.”
The action is taking 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.
Check out our first look at the brand new villa, which sees some major differences from its Majorcan counterpart…
Keep up to date with our daily Love Island updates here.
Will Iain Stirling be narrating the show?
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 is Love Island: Aftersun on TV?
The Love Island spin-off show now airs on Mondays at 10pm on ITV2. Laura Whitmore hosts.
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 more what the producers had to say about it here.
Will there still be a summer Love Island on ITV2?
Yes, there will. This series is an additional version of the show, not a replacement for the all-summer-long epic that viewers know and love. In short, there’s going to be a lot of Love Island in 2020!
Love Island continues weeknights and Sundays on ITV2 at 9pm