This summer just wasn’t the same without a new series of Love Island, which was postponed due to COVID-19 earlier this year.
However, host Laura Whitmore has recently confirmed that the ITV2 dating show is expected to return next summer, and that the pandemic hasn’t put off people from applying as they’ve received “more applications than ever”.
The much-loved reality show was last on our screens in February for its winter series, which was won by popular islanders Paige Turley and Finley Tapp – but what do we know about the next series of Love Island? And when is the next summer series likely to premiere?
RadioTimes.com has everything you need to know about when the series will return.
When is Love Island back?
The ITV dating show will be back on screens in Summer 2021.
The network confirmed the news on June 15, telling: “Love Island UK will return bigger and better than ever with an extended run in summer 2021.”
Presenter Laura Whitmore has also confirmed that Love Island is returning next summer, although she also explained that this is all dependent on the pandemic and whether it’ll be safe for contestants and crew to travel to Majorca in summer 2021.
“It’s really all depending on coronavirus,” she told Tyla. “We’ve had more applications than ever – there’s a lot of people that want to do Love Island and there’s a lot of people that want to watch it.”
She added: “I really missed not having Love Island in lockdown – I’ve been watching the old seres’ because I really needed to not watch the news. They’re so naughty! Hopefully we will be in a better situation next year.”
It was previously believed there would be another series later in the year, or in early 2021, in the form of the winter series, but that will not be taking place.
Those who were hoping for just a little more sun and romance this year don’t have to miss out, however, as ITV2 will be repeating Love Island: Australia season one for the next month.
The 2018 series proved a big hit in the Australia and in lieu of a new UK instalment, it will air in full on the channel.
How long will the new series of Love Island be?
It’s currently unknown how long the series will run for, but it could be anything upwards of six to eight weeks, given how long previous instalments have been.
understands the current uncertainty has prompted producers to concentrate on a bumper series in the summer, rather than two across 2021.
Why was Love Island cancelled?
Unfortunately, Love Island’s summer series was 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.”
Rumours 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.
How can you apply for Love Island?
Applications for the summer series usually open around January and close around the end of April.
But with the series expected to be much bigger next year, ITV could start looking for potentials a lot earlier.
And a lot of hopefuls must have already applied for the summer series, so could there be some recycling?
Who will host the next Love Island?
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.
The Canary Islands was tipped as a likely new location for the show as it’s slightly warmer than Majorca during Autumn show, but with the series now returning in Summer 2021, it’s looking very likely that it will be back on its home turf.
Love Island will return to ITV2 in 2021. If you’re looking for more to watch, check out our TV Guide.