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Love Island will not return until summer 2021, ITV confirms

The winter edition of Love Island has been cancelled, ITV has confirmed.

The dating series, which follows a selection of sexy singletons as they crack on and couple up in a luxury villa, is one of the many show’s hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

Not only has the summer edition of the show, which would have started airing this month, been pulled from the schedules due to the ongoing crisis, but the winter edition has now been axed as bosses fear the ongoing impact the virus may have on travel.

An insider told the Evening Standard: “Given the ongoing uncertainty, producers think that it’s better to concentrate on one bumper season rather than two for 2021.

The Winter edition of Love Island has been cancelled due to Covid-19 (@thewhitmore)

“Although January seems a long way off, at this stage of the year, producers would be approaching the point when pre-production for a Winter series would begin, which is why they’ve made this decision now.”

An ITV spokesperson confirmed: “Love Island UK will return bigger and better than ever with an extended run in summer 2021. »

The winter edition, which saw Paige Turley and Finley Tapp take the top prize, gave ITV2 its best ever January and February ratings with an average of 3.1 million viewers tuning in to watch each episode. It was also the first series that saw new host Laura Whitmore take the reins.

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Love Island has caused headaches for ITV executives in recent months, as boss Kevin Lygo revealed the lengths they were prepared to go to keep the hugely popular series on screens.

Speaking in a virtual session at the Edinburgh TV Festival, the ITV director of television explained they were considering filming the show in Cornwall to enable it to continue in the summer – but decided that “making it in the UK would not be the same show”.

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However, for those who are longing to fill the Love Island-shaped hole in their life, ITV2 is now replaying the fiery first season of Love Island Australia in Love Island’s usual 9pm slot.

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