Our relationship with Love Island mimics that of one’s relationship with a really, really good bag of crisps. Once you’ve enjoyed one particularly crispy, crunchy and sexy single crisp, you want another one. And another one. And another. Then you’re sucking the bag dry in the dark.
What we’re saying is, we have absolutely no qualms talking about a new series of Winter Love Island just as Love Island series eight (which started June 6) is starting to get juicy. We want a whole bag of Love Island. Autumn and spring Love Islands, too.
Okay, we can't tease you anymore, we're too excited – and we've all waited long enough for this news.
That’s right, winter Love Island is BACK and set to return screens early 2023, after being axed in June 2020.
We mean that. Congrats, Winter Love Island (hun). Welcome back.
This means that 2023 will bless us with not one, but TWO series of Love Island, which as far as we're concerned means Christmas has come early.
ITV confirmed that Love Island will heat up our New Year with a fresh batch of Islanders heading to South Africa – as per the 2020 series – on a quest for love and romance. Meanwhile, summer 2023 will see yet more Islanders return to Mallorca for another eight-week run. We've done some light maths and worked that this means we will spend over 30% of next year watching Love Island.
Confirming the exciting news, Paul Mortimer, director of reality commissioning and controller at ITV2, said "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."
Mike Spencer, Executive Producer at Lifted Entertainment, said “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.”
The first, and to date, only series of Winter Love Island aired right at the beginning of 2020 (prior to the pandemic), was hosted by Laura Whitmore and starred the likes of Nas Majeed, Eve and Jess Gale (the twins!), Siânnise Fudge, and of course, meme queen Shaughna Phillips (of “congrats, hun” fame).
It was won by power couple Finn Tapp and Paige Turley, who are still together and going strong. Seriously, why and how was this cancelled?
A tele insider spoke to The Mirror ahead of today's exciting announcement, saying, “When they started casting for this summer’s series they thought there’s definitely enough talent to do a second series again so have started the plans for a 2023 Winter Love Island.
“The series generally is really important for them as it attracts the all-important younger viewers, so if they can get a second series in one year then everyone will be delighted.”
The winter spin-off took place in Cape Town, South Africa, as opposed to the usual summer hotspot of Majorca and aired for six sizzling weeks.