With confirmation that this summer will not be Love Island-less like last, we’re mere months away from hearing that glorious theme-tune and rushing to our sofas to settle in for an hour of drama.
If the sheer thought of that scenario alone isn’t enough to get your serotonin boosted, then we have some more news that will. Today, March 4th, ITV bosses confirmed that the reality dating show will be back on our screens this summer, and it’s set to be better than ever.
“Love Island will be back stronger than ever in 2021″ they said.
So when will it kick off?
While an exact date is yet to be announced if we go off other year’s schedule it should be on air around the start of June and run for eight weeks into the beginning of August.
Who will be the host?
Our very own Laura Whitmore played host to the last season of the show that aired, Winter Love Island 2020. So, naturally, she is expected to return again for the next.
Speaking recently about the show during an interview, Laura confirmed that she was told about the show’s return, admitting that while she loves hosting it she was glad to have a year off in order for the crew to grieve the loss of previous host Caroline Flack.
“I have been told that it’s coming back. I love doing it, it’s such a fun show,” she told The Telegraph’s Stella magazine.
“And I actually think it’s been good to have had that break, for everyone who works on it, because we all went through a loss. It’s nice to realise how much people missed the show. Apparently applications are crazy this year.”
Where will it be filmed?
With travel restrictions still firmly in place around the world, it’s uncertain if the summer series will take place in the usual sunny Spain. But, not to fear, as we’ve been assured that the show will happen irrespective of location. The most recent news on this, as we spoke about here is that if the cast and crew can’t get their tanned little bums over to Mallorca then they’ll head to the UK Mallorca, aka The Channel island of Jersey.
“The Channel Islands get plenty of sunshine so it makes sense to hold Love Island there if we can’t get back to Spain,” an insider told The Mirror.
“Either way we’re going to put out a belting series. Viewers have missed Love Island for the whole of 2020 and they’re desperate to have it back. They’re going to love what we do, wherever we do it.”
Well, it is Love Island, after all, isn’t it?!
How can I apply?
You may be reading all of the above and thinking ‘Hmm, I wouldn’t mind getting in on that’, well if that is the case, the good news is, there’s still some time to apply to take part in the show, if you think you have what it takes.
The closing date for submitting your application is the 30th of April 2021, so if you’re over 18, are not employed by ITV, and have a free ten weeks to spend this summer, then get applying here.
However, be prepared to go up against some stiff competition, as multiple sources have said that this year’s show has seen more applications than ever.
Laura Whitmore recently tweeted: “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 than any other series! Next year is going to be BIG. Stay safe.”