After a year of cancellations, popular ITV reality show Love Island is set to return to our screens this year according to a new report.
The axing of Love Island last year led to millions of pounds in losses and now, ITV bosses are desperate to make the show work this year.
A source told the Daily Star, “Everyone is keen to make this happen. Producers are aware that international travel will still be restricted, so they are having to plan around that. It is likely they will need to quarantine all contestants.”
The source added, “They also think they’ll need to fly over three times as many contestants than normal in case some of them fall ill and they’ll need to put them all in different hotels, which will be a big task and expensive. All of these measures will push up costs. Discussions around the budget are happening. It’s definitely going to be the biggest in show history.”
Our last offerings of Love Island were generous – viewers received their usual summer series and then a winter run too which moved the villa to South Africa for the first time in the show’s history.
Summer 2020’s usual series though was cancelled – with show boss Kevin Lygo saying at the time, “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.”[
In other Love Island news, summer 2019 winner Amber Gill is set to release a line of romantic novels for Mills and Boon.