After a year’s hiatus due to the Coronavirus pandemic (much to fan’s disappointment), Iain Stirling has provided viewers with a glimmer of hope – suggesting that Love Island could at long last return to our screens this summer. And while it’s usually a pretty hot affair all round (because let’s face it, they only seem to cast chiselled models), it looks as though they might be cooling it down a little for 2021 – with producers potentially bringing the show to the UK this year. Scarborough, anyone?
The move would follow in the footsteps of ITV’s other hit show I’m A Celebrity, which saw huge fan acclaim just last month when it brought the show over to Wales.
Speaking of the future of Love Island, voiceover star Stirling said: “Like I said, I’ve no idea, but it could be quite amusing seeing Love Island contestants embracing the beaches of Bognor Regis at some point.
“When they can’t eat their dinner because seagulls are taking it off the plate… it could mix it up …
“I’m A Celeb did such a good job (in Wales). It was so funny and such a good season.”
Applications for the new season have been open for quite some time, with ITV updating the application page on January 1, 2021 to say: “ITV2 are looking for vibrant singles from across the UK who are searching for love!
“Our Islanders spend time in a luxury villa in the hope of finding love, but to remain in paradise they must win the hearts of the public and their fellow Islanders, who ultimately decide their fate on Love Island.
“If you think you’ve got what it takes, then we want to hear from you!”
While there are currently few details about what 2021 could bring the show, just last summer ITV’s director of television Kevin Lygo expressed his interest in finding alternative locations for Love Island during the pandemic, saying: “If we couldn’t do it in Majorca, well, maybe we’ll have to do it like we’ve done with I’m A Celeb, find a new place to do it, because then it would have been off a long time and that would be a shame. We need it.”
New host Laura Whitmore, who appears to be permanently taking over following Caroline Flack’s tragic death one year ago, shared the application form to her Instagram account recently – riling up fans for the potential of a summer series.
Host Laura Whitmore and voiceover star Iain Stirling recently revealed that they’d married in a secret lockdown ceremony, before sharing the news that a Love Island baby was on the way.
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