Love Island could be making a return this year after all.
It’s been rumoured that the show could potentially revive the summer instalment after it had previously been pushed to 2021.
Sources claimed to The Sun On Sunday that there are plans to film the show in the Canary Islands – for a special autumn edition.
They told the publication: ‘The location is up in the air, as Majorca would maybe be a bit chilly by September/October, but the Canary Islands could be possible.
‘Casting was well under way for the summer season and producers don’t want to lose some of the gems they had hand-picked.’
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The insider added: ‘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.’
Love Island bosses haven’t commented, however, earlier this week they announced their plans to push the series back until next year.
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.’
He continued: ‘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.’
Laura Whitmore, who replaced Caroline Flack as the host, also confirmed the news on her Twitter account.
She wrote: ‘Like with a lot of things because of restrictions with travel, social distancing and unable to plan ahead, Love Island is postponed until 2021.
‘Great news is that there have been more applications then any other series! Next year is going to be BIG. Stay safe.’
Casting had already started to for new season, seeing ITV receive a record number of applicants after the show’s success.
So, we guess we’ll just have to bide our time to see when the show actually returns to our screens – fingers crossed it’s 2020.
Love Island is expected to return to ITV2 in 2021, while Metro.co.uk has reached out to the channel for further comment.
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