By Rachael Grealish
After much speculation whether the hit ITV series Love Island was to go ahead this summer, it’s now officially been cancelled and will recommence in 2021.
ITV announced today that series seven of Love Island will move to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV said: “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.”
There had been speculation the series would be filmed in the UK, rather than their usual Spanish location, but like many other events scheduled for summer 2020 it’s been postponed due to safety concerns.
Let’s be honest, this year’s selected contestants are probably relieved the series won’t be filmed in the UK, as the style would likely be less bikinis and more rain macs.
It may come as a disappointment to some as the upcoming series was said to have had the largest number of applications for contestants to be on the reality dating show after their success with Winter Love Island.
The host of the South-African-based spin-off, Laura Whitmore has taken to Twitter to comment on ITV’s decision to postpone, saying it’s ‘great news that there have been more aplications than any other series’.
The radio DJ- turned reality TV host took over presenting Love Island at the start of 2020 in place of the late Caroline Flack.