ITV has recently announced that they will be bringing back the Love Island winter series once again. It previously aired shortly before the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and could never make a return due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, the fans are in for a treat in 2023 as two seasons of the show are confirmed.
Double the love!
Hello! magazine confirms that the winter series is returning to South Africa in the New Year. The new series will air on ITV2 and the new channel ITVX. But that’s not all, soon after the winter season, Love Island will make a comeback for the usual summer season in Mallorca. Paul Mortimer, director of Reality Commissioning and Controller at ITV2, confirmed:
Love Island has once again proved itself to be the nation’s favourite talking point across the summer, and we’re always blown away by the show’s ongoing impact and talkability amongst our younger audience.
So, rather than just serving up a Summer of Love, we thought we’d make 2023 the Year of Love with two full series of the show.
Whereas executive producer Mike Spencer added:
After eight brilliant series, we are excited to be serving up two helpings of love in 2023 by kicking off in January at a stunning new villa in South Africa. We can look forward to more romances, bromances and everything in-between as we embark on another epic year of love.
While ITV2 and show bosses are excited to launch the winter series again, fans had mixed reactions. As some rejoiced at being able to watch the OGs of love bring the drama and romance back to their screens during the winter season, others, according to Bustle, feel one season is more than enough. A fan took to Twitter and wrote:
YESSSSS I’m so excited honestly Winter Love Island was fun it didn’t hit the same as the summer but it’s definitely something to watch.
While other two added:
love island winter series doesn’t hit the same as the summer one, stop bringing it back 😭
i love love island and this series has been great but i really don’t think we need the winter season at all