When will Love Island return?

Sadly we'll have to wait for our sizzling summers

Love Island's Paige Turley and Finn Tapp won the winter series

Love Island wrapped up its winter series in February, with Paige Turley and Finley Tapp being crowned as the winners.

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At that time, fans thought the ITV dating show would be back for its traditional summer series, confirmed by host Laura Whitmore during the series finale.

However it has since been cancelled, on account of the coronavirus pandemic.

RadioTimes.com has everything you need to know about when the series will return.

When is Love Island back after coronavirus cancellation?

Unfortunately, Love Island’s summer series has been cancelled on account of the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to travel restrictions and the necessity of social distancing, a dating show abroad wasn’t feasible this summer .

Director of Television at ITV, Kevin Lygo, made the announcement, explaining there was simply no way it could go ahead given the current UK lockdown.

He said in a statement: “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.

“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.”

However – PLOT TWIST – rumours have since circulated that the show may actually return this autumn.

A source told The Sun on Sunday that producers might be able to bring the show to our screens in September or October, and were keen to make it work.

“Casting was well under way for the summer season and producers don’t want to lose some of the gems they had hand-picked,” said the source. “The winter series lacked a few standout characters, so they had been careful to find reality TV wannabes with looks as well as brains and personality.”

Laura Whitmore previously announced the return during the winter finale and called for applicants.

Love Island will be back in 2021, but it’s unknown whether that will be a winter series or a summer series.

How can you apply for Love Island?

Applications for the summer series are now closed.

For more information on applying, click here. 

Love Island contestants 2020

How long will the next Love Island be on for?

The winter edition only lasted six weeks, which is a lot shorter than what we’re used to – the series usually gives us eight glorious weeks of entertainment.

As it would have been the second run of the year, it was previously confirmed that the summer series would also only run for six weeks.

However if the show waits until 2021 to return there’s a good chance it will come back for a longer stint.

Who will host the next Love Island?

After a successful stint on the winter series, Laura Whitmore was tipped to host the summer version, alongside her boyfriend Iain Stirling – who provides the show’s famous voiceover.

Where will the next Love Island be filmed?

Singletons were whisked away to sunny South Africa for the winter series, however, they would have been back in the show’s usual location of Majorca for the summer show. If producers do manage to throw together an autumn series, rumours are swirling that the Canary Islands would be the show’s new home –  it’s slightly warmer than Majorca at that time of the year.

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Love Island will return to ITV2 later this year.