Winter Love Island 2021 has been officially cancelled. ITV confirmed the news in a statement to the Mail Online. The news will come as a disappointment to many fans who had been counting down to next January after this summer’s series – which should have started this week – was also cancelled.
Whilst the winter series would not be kicking off for another six months, preparations would need to get underway in the next few weeks, and producers seem to have decided that with the current coronavirus restrictions still in place, staff are unable to safely start working on the series.
However, it’s not all bad news for Love Island fans, as the ITV spokesperson who confirmed the news also teased an extra-long series of the show next summer, telling the Daily Mail:
Love Island UK will return bigger and better than ever with an extended run in summer 2021.
Although we don’t yet know just how extended the run will be, this means we’ll be getting at least nine weeks of villa action, as the longest series aired previously – in 2018 – saw the original Islanders who made it to the end of the show staying in the villa for 59 days in total.
Meanwhile, Love Island Australia has arrived on our screens to tide us over until next summer. The first episode of the series – which was originally broadcast Down Under in 2018 – aired on Monday night and saw Sophie Monk welcome the first ten Islanders to the villa as they coupled up for the first time.