Love Island 2021 could be getting a whole new look when it returns to ITV2 this summer, as bosses have come up with a back-up plan for the villa amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Last year, fans were forced to go without their summer fix of Love Island as ITV was forced to cancel the much-loved dating series due to Covid-19 and the strict travel restrictions and social distancing measures that were put in place.
Bosses promised the show would return bigger and better than ever this year and determined to ensure it goes ahead, they’re planning for every possibility – including moving the show to the UK.
Insiders claim that Love Island could get a new home in Jersey, if measures in place mean the series cannot film overseas in Majorca like it usually would.
While not as exotic, the UK can come sometimes come up trumps with its summer weather – heatwaves are most welcome – and bosses reckon the Channel Islands are a perfect alternative closer to home.
‘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.’
It wouldn’t be the first time ITV has been forced to move locations for filming to go ahead, as I’m A Celebrity ditched the Australian jungle and relocated to a castle in Wales in 2020.
Despite the lack of tan-inducing weather, the series was still a huge success, with Giovanna Fletcher stealing the very first castle crown.
Earlier this month, former islander Anna Vakili claimed auditions for Love Island 2021 are already well underway, as potential islanders have been contacting her for advice.
She revealed to The Sun: ‘I’ve had a few DMs from people within the last month saying, “Oh I’m going for an interview for Love Island. Have you got any advice?”
‘It was no-one that I knew, but I just told them to be themselves and wished them luck.’
Her former co-stars, meanwhile, have said they’re unconvinced that Love Island can work if it’s moved to the UK.
Danny Williams and Michael Griffiths, who found fame on the 2019 series out in Majorca, previously shared their reservations with Metro.co.uk, with Danny saying: ‘Obviously ITV know what they’re doing when it comes to making a TV show, but I would find it difficult to imagine.
‘i think people watch Love Island because it’s a good way to escape, to imagine themselves in another country in a luxury villa. I’m not sure how that would quite translate if it was in a giant Airbnb in Norfolk.’
Michael added: ‘I’d be lying if I said it could. I’m just not too sure. ‘It could be great it might not, but it might be one of those things that they have to try.’
Fans are itching for the show to return, after last year’s summer series and this year’s winter series were both scrapped due to the pandemic.
If all goes to plan, viewers could see Love Island return in just a few months time, but until then they can feast on season two of Love Island Australia which has just hit ITV2.
When contacted by Metro.co.uk, a spokesperson for ITV declined to comment.
Love Island and Love Island Australia are both available to watch via catch up on ITV hub.
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