Love Island to start in July and will air for 8 weeks – but winter series axed
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Love Island has reportedly been given a start date of July as bosses work with the ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
It means the show will air during the height of summer, as ITV have confirmed to MailOnline that the series will run for eight weeks.
But the winter series, which has aired just once at the beginning of 2020, has reportedly been dropped so ITV producers can focus on the summer version.
In the past, Love Island has started at the beginning of June, but with Covid restrictions not scheduled to lift until later that month, it seems bosses are keen to play it safe.
A source said: "Crew members are scheduled to fly out to Majorca on June 20 – with the series expected to launch a week later.
"In 2019, the first episode aired on June 3, meaning Love Island will be over three weeks later this year due to current restrictions on overseas travel.
"The delayed launch date will not have an impact on the length of the series, with the show still running for a duration of eight weeks.
"Winter Love Island on the other hand has been 'indefinitely postponed' as bosses put all their energies into the summer series."
It seems the upcoming series will provide a perfect summer break for desperate Brit contestants, as Majorca will be at its hottest throughout July and August.
And while bosses have their fingers crossed that the show will film from Majorca, it's reported they have Jersey as a backup plan, if needed.
The future of the series relies on the UK's exit from lockdown, with current government guidelines set to allow international travel again from mid-May.
With safety at the front of everyone's minds, it's thought all islanders – including the bombshell arrivals – will fly out together and be tested for the virus and quarantined before the start of the series.
There's no doubt that some lucky singletons are already getting excited to land in the villa, as it's reported some of the cast has been selected.
The most recent champs – Paige Turley and Finley Tapp – are still going strong after winning the first ever – and as it would seem, last – winter series of the show.
Winter Love Island was filmed in South Africa, which ITV boss Kevin Lygo recently admitted was a "challenge" because the "weather wasn't great and they were quite cold and it wasn't sunny every day".
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