- The summer series was scrapped in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic but a delayed series could be filmed later this year
- A source told The Sun on Sunday the location is still ‘up in the air’ but the Canary Islands are being considered as Majorca will be ‘chilly’ by September
- The insider added: ‘Casting was well under way for the summer season and producers don’t want to lose some of the gems they had hand-picked’
- ITV bosses axed the summer series, revealing it was a logistical impossibility to safeguard ‘the wellbeing of everyone involved’ amid the pandemic
A source told The Sun on Sunday: ‘The location is up in the air, as Majorca would maybe be a bit chilly by September/October, but the Canary Islands could be possible.
‘Casting was well under way for the summer season and producers don’t want to lose some of the gems they had hand-picked.
‘The winter series lacked a few standout characters, so they had been careful to find reality TV wannabes with looks as well as brains and personality.’
ITV bosses pulled the plug on the summer series, revealing it was a logistical impossibility to safeguard ‘the wellbeing of everyone involved’ amid the pandemic.
Fans have been assured the dating programme, which was due to begin filming in June, will be back ‘stronger than ever in 2021’.
Earlier this month, host Laura Whitmore revealed Love Island received more applications than ever before it was postponed.
She tweeted: ‘Like with a lot of things because of restrictions with travel, social distancing and unable to plan ahead, Love Island is postponed until 2021.
‘Great news is that there have been more applications then any other series! Next year is going to be BIG. Stay safe (sic)’.
Prior to that, Kevin Lygo, ITV’s director of television, explained that the show was cancelled because the broadcaster couldn’t guarantee the safety of the contestants.
He added: ‘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
‘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.’
The reality show is just one of many programmes that have had to halt production after Britain was plunged into lockdown to combat COVID-19.
The most recent series of Love Island aired in January 2020 and was won by Paige Turley and Finley Tapp.