Judging by an interview with ITV boss Carolyn McCall this week, rumours Love Island will ‘definitely’ go ahead this summer may have been a little hasty.
In an interview this week, ITV’s top boss was unable to confirm whether Love Island would come back this summer, or what form the show might take this year. However, it certainly seems that the channel is doing everything in its power to put the show back on air, as it’s one of ITV’s biggest global successes. Speaking on the Media Show podcast on BBC Radio 4, the Carolyn McCall said:
We will want to putLove Island on air because it’s been off air for a little while [since] we didn’t do it last summer. We’re looking at all our options at the moment because the pandemic makes that hard.
When asked whether Love Island 2021 could be filmed in the UK as rumoured, Carolyn McCall admitted: ‘I genuinely don’t know.’ It was rumoured earlier this week that potential filming locations being considered were Devon, Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and even Wales’ Barry Island.
Georgia Harrison says Love Island WILL return in 2021
Last week, former Love Island contestant Georgia Harrison got fans excited by seemingly confirming that Love Island 2021 was in the works. Georgia says she knows several people who are ‘in the interview process’ for the show, suggesting that the preparations for a summer series are well underway.
Love Island 2021 is also rumoured to have been given the biggest budget in the show’s history to allow for the extra costs of quarantining contestants in separate hotels before they enter the villa as well as getting three times as many contestants to the filming location as back-ups in case any of them test Covid-positive and have to be replaced at the last minute.