Love Island set to ‘return this summer’ as show ‘will be the biggest in history’
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Love Island is said to be returning to our screens with a new series this summer, which will be the “biggest in history”.
It’s understood bosses have allocated a bigger budget than ever to ensure the 2021 series can go ahead.
Love Island bosses are rumoured to have drawn up top-secret plans to film the series in Majorca during July and August, with Laura Whitmore, who is expecting her first child with hubby Iain Stirling, as host.
Last year’s series was axed due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is said to have cost ITV millions of pounds in revenue.
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But, a show source told Daily Star: “Everyone is keen to make this happen.”
As a consequence of the show going forward, it’s understood the bosses have had to accept the Covid-19 restrictions mean costs will increase.
The insider added: “Everyone is keen to make this happen. Strictly and Dancing on Ice have happened against the odds and they’re determined that Love Island can do the same.”
They continued: “Producers are aware that international travel will still be restricted, so they are having to plan around that.
“It is likely they will need to quarantine all contestants.
“They also think they’ll need to fly over three times as many contestants than normal in case some of them fall ill.
“And they’ll need to put them all in different hotels, which will be a big task and expensive.
“All of these measures will push up costs.
“Discussions around the budget are happening. It’s definitely going to be the biggest in show history.”
OK! online has contacted ITV for comment.
Love Island producers announced the show would have to be cancelled for the first time in five years last year due to the pandemic.
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ITV's director of television Kevin Lygo said at the time: “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.”
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