On March 4th, ITV2 confirmed that the seventh series of Love Island will be going ahead in summer 2021. Here is everything we know about the highly anticipated show so far.
It Will Be Bigger Than Ever
Love Island 2021 will be the “biggest” series of the show so far. There have been over 100,000 applications, leaving producers “stunned”. They will also be using social media sites such as Instagram to approach individuals who they think would be suitable contestants for the show.
It Will Take Place In Majorca
After 2020’s winter Love Island which took place in South Africa, the show will be returning to its classic location of Majorca for summer 2021. It has been reported by news sites that it will take place in a luxury villa just outsideof Sant Llorenç des Cardassar.
Winter Love Island Has Been Indefinitely Postponed
The winter version of Love Island has been “indefinitely postponed” because producers are currently putting their full energy into the summer series.
It Will Be Covid-Safe
A special Covid-secure set is being planned, and all contestants will be quarantined before filming starts. However, they have also prepared a backup villa in Jersey in case restrictions change and prevent them from flying to Majorca. It is also rumoured that they may fly out up to three times more contestants than needed in case anyone has to drop out due to coronavirus.
It Will Last For Eight Weeks
It is believed that the start date has been delayed by 3 weeks due to coronavirus restrictions. In 2019, it started on 3rd June, therefore it can be assumed that Love Island 2021 will start in late June. Despite starting slightly later than previous years, this will not affect the length of the series. It will still last for eight weeks, meaning that it will finish in late August. No official airdate has been announced as of yet, but it has been confirmed that the crew will arrive in Majorca on June 20th, and filming will start a week later.
It Will Be Hosted By Laura Whitmore
Even though she has just had a baby girl, Laura Whitmore will return as the host of the show. Her husband, Iain Stirling, will also be returning as the voiceover. Whilst balancing having a young baby and hosting the show will not be easy, Laura is determined that she will manage. It is likely that her, Ian and their baby will remain in Majorca for the whole season, rather than flying back and forth, due to travel restrictions.
The Cast Will Be More Diverse Than Ever
The show has received widespread criticism in past years for its lack of diversity, but this year the show’s cast will consist of a range of body types in response to these past complaints. It has been reported that the producers are seeking contestants who have “brains as well as brawn”. They have said they are looking for a key worker to take part. This is likely due to the incredible success of previous contestant Dr Alex George in season four.
They Are Still Accepting Applications
Applications to enter the Love Island villa this year are still open. Originally, applications were due to close on April 30th, but producers decided to extend the deadline in order to find the most diverse contestants possible. To apply, you must be aged 18 or over, you can’t be employed by ITV or have an immediate relative who works for them, your passport must be valid until February 2022, and you need to be available for 10 weeks. The application form states: “ITV2 are looking for vibrant singles from across the UK who want to head to the sun, in search of a summer of love. The chosen cast will spend time in a luxury villa, getting to know one another, but to remain in paradise, they must win the hearts of the public and their fellow Islanders who ultimately decide their fate on Love Island.”
They Have A Partnership With Tinder
If you are signed up to the popular dating app Tinder, you can now apply for the show through the app. There are benefits of doing this – if you are selected, you will be added to a ‘Priority List’, and it is guaranteed that the Love Island casting team will see your application. Swipe Cards will appear in between the stack of potential matches on the Tinder app. To apply, you must Swipe Right on the Swipe Card, and your Tinder profile will be submitted for review and verification. “Bringing together the world’s most popular dating app and an iconic dating show is the perfect match,” Renate Nyborg, EMEA general manager at Tinder, said.