Love Island WILL return in 2021 confirms ITV boss

LOVE Island is set to return to this summer after fears coronavirus restrictions would mean it was cancelled.

Returning to ITV2 for the seventh series in 2021, the show will see a host of  new singletons seek to find their perfect match. 

ITV boss Kevin Lygo has confirmed the show will be back this year.

Kevin Lygo said: "There’s so much to look forward to on ITV this spring and into summer, with the Euros and the return of Love Island, but much more besides."

Bosses promise there will be "lots of twists and turns" in the new series.

Viewers can expect shock recouplings,  unexpected splits and dramatic exits.  

Insiders said show bosses were casting the net far and wide in their search for the perfect back-up locations.

The Sun previously revealed show bosses were casting the net far and wide in their search for the perfect back-up locations if they couldn't film in Mallorca.

Contracts for this year’s show have Mallorca written into them but a source said there were back-up options on the table if travel restrictions meant travel to the country were to be off limits.

An insider explained: “In a perfect world Love Island would be filmed at original villa they use in Mallorca.

“But the pandemic has meant contingency plans are more important than ever and other locations have been discussed for the show.

“The Greek island of Crete was one which became a favourite due to its accessibility and stunning locations.

“Nothing is off the cards for Love Island at the moment.”

We also told how ITV bosses had considered a UK location if the pandemic stopped travel to foreign countries

Casting for this year’s Love Island, hosted by Laura Whitmore, is well underway and yesterday The Sun exclusively revealed how contestants were going to be put through more rigorous psychological testing.

The updated checks were put into place following ITV’s vow to reassess their duty of care.

The updated checks were put into place following ITV’s vow to reassess their duty of care.

Those who get past the audition stage will go through three rounds of testing to ensure they are fit and well enough to appear on the ITV2 series.

And like in previous years, they will also be required to provide their doctors’ details and list any medications they may be taking.

The contestants will be monitored throughout the show and like before, support teams are on hand to help anyone struggling.

 

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