ITV2 cancels Love Island for this year, to return in 2021

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ITV2 announced today that series seven of Love Island will move to 2021 due to the COVID19 pandemic.

ITV2 cancels Love Island

The hit ITV show, which pitches couples together in a sun-baked luxury villa, said safety issues were behind the move.

Cancellation of this year’s show will be a blow to the channel. Love Island is one of its most popular series.

The show has proved a hit particularly among younger viewers, who might otherwise be watching streaming platforms instead.

“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”, Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV said.

“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.”

The show’s new presenter, Laura Whitmore, posted news of the cancellation in a comment on her Twitter feed.

“Like with a lot of things because of restrictions with travel, social distancing and unable to plan ahead, Love Island is postponed until 2021”, Whitmore said.

“Great news is that there have been more applications then (sic) any other series! Next year is going to be BIG. Stay safe.”

Whitmore took over as the show’s presenter following the departure of former host Caroline Flack. Flack tragically died earlier this year.