Love Island WILL return to Majorca this June after getting Covid all-clear
LOVE Island will return to Majorca this summer after getting the Covid all-clear.
There were fears the reality dating show would have to be filmed in the UK amid restrictions.
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Jersey, Cornwall and Devon were considered as locations for the ITV2 hit’s comeback.
But delighted executives have approved plans that will see a return to the Spanish isle in June.
And secret documents seen by The Sun show the extraordinary lengths being taken to make sure it goes ahead — including flying out a back-up cast.
A source said: “Producers have watched shows like Dancing on Ice struggle during the pandemic. They don’t want the same fate.
“All precautions have been taken to make sure it goes smoothly. Besides the extra cast, they’ve incorporated Covid safety measures and increased checks on contestants’ mental health.
“Everyone is very excited. Restrictions are easing, the Euros football is on and Love Island is back in Majorca. What more could you want?”
Back-up singletons will fly out with the main cast in May then quarantine before eight weeks of filming from June.
Work has started on the villa in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar. It will boast a giant hot tub and infinity pool.
Wannabe stars have been told: “We are looking for contestants to spend up to ten weeks abroad, please make us aware of any dates you aren’t available for between May-Aug.
“Before arriving in Majorca we ask all applicants at this stage of the casting process to undergo a psychological and physical assessment, a sexual health screening and an unannounced drugs test.
“Once you arrive you will have a brief discussion about your physical health with our on-site medical team.”
Contestants will have to sign a form to identify those who are clinically vulnerable or live with anyone who is.
Producers will seek permission to contact GPs about any medications they are taking, their psychological state and mental health history.
It comes after the deaths of host Caroline Flack and contestants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon.
Laura Whitmore, 35, will host. Last year, she fronted the first winter series in South Africa, won by Paige Turley, 23, and Finn Tapp, 21.
Amber Gill, 23, and Greg O’Shea, 25, triumphed in summer 2019, with Maura Higgins also a hit with viewers.
ITV said: “We are not currently in a position to confirm locations for the forthcoming series.”
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