Although it was rumoured that we’d get our 8 week fix of reality TV love later this year, it’s now officially been confirmed that ITV2’s Love Island will not run in 2020 as previously hoped, with the reality dating show pushed back until summer 2021.
The show’s bosses have decided to postpone this year’s UK offering, which was previously going to run in the winter, to next year.
A spokesperson for ITV said in a statement: “Love Island UK will return bigger and better than ever with an extended run in summer 2021.”
ITV confirmed that the coronavirus pandemic is one of the main reasons for the postponement of the show, however producers are instead bringing Love Island back for one huge season, rather than two.
And although Winter Love Island gave ITV2 its best ever January and February ratings, the risk has been deemed too high.
Fans of the show are devastated to miss out on the summer of love this year, but to try and ease your pain, ITV2 is repeating the first series of Love Island Australia, which first aired in 2018.
The decision to cancel the summer instalment was made in May, with bosses saying they wanted to guarantee the safety of contestants, which couldn’t have been done had it gone ahead.
ITV had looked at various ways to go ahead with filming this year, which reportedly included testing all contestants for coronavirus or by moving the dates to later in the year, however after much debate, the show, sadly, cannot go on.
Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV, explained in a statement: “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.
“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.”