Love Island returning this summer as ITV confirm new series after it was scrapped last year amid pandemic

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Love Island is returning this summer after it was scrapped last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The hit dating show will return to our screens, with a host of sexy singletons setting up home in a villa in the quest of finding love.

Kevin Lygo, Managing Director of Media and Entertainment at ITV, confirmed Love Island is returning this year – which will surely delight fans.

He said: "There’s so much to look forward to on ITV this spring and into summer, with the Euros and the return of Love Island, but much more besides."

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The confirmation of the show’s return comes amid reports that it could be filmed in Jersey instead of Mallorca, if there are travel restrictions in place.

A source told The Mirror that bosses think Jersey could be a good replacement for Spain.

They said: "The Channel Islands get plenty of sunshine so it makes sense to hold Love Island there if we can't get back to Spain.

"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."

Love Island’s most recent series aired in January 2020, when a winter edition of the show was filmed in South Africa for the first time.

Paige Turley and Finn Tapp were crowned winners of the show and are still together a year on.

Pregnant Laura Whitmore is expected to return as host of the show, along with her husband Iain Stirling as narrator.

Last year, Love Island producers announced the show would have to be cancelled for the first time in five years 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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