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ITV bosses have finally confirmed Love Island is most certainly going ahead this year after being axed in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Managing director of media and entertainment at ITV, Kevin Lygo, announced today the bumper spring schedule for the network.
He also confirmed the popular dating show, which sees 12 contestants enter a villa and battle it out for love, is to "return".
Lygo said: "There’s so much to look forward to on ITV this spring and into summer, with the Euros and the return of Love Island, but much more besides."
Fans will be delighted after the 2020 show was cancelled with ITV confirming in May 2020 that it wouldn't be going ahead that year.
At the time Lygo announced: "We have tried every which way to make Love Island this summer but logistically it's just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the wellbeing of everyone involved and that for us is the priority.
"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 question.
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"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.
"In the meantime Love Island fans can still enjoy all six series of Love Island on BritBox."
It is thought that Laura Whitmore will return to host the show in 2021.
He fiancé Iain Stirling is also expected to narrate the series as usual.
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It comes after The Mirror reported that the shows bosses have chosen Jersey as a back-up location for the series this year if travelling is still off the cards.
It seems producers would prefer for contestants to return to the Spanish sunshine but are lining up other options as a precaution.
Although the government has mapped out plans for travel restrictions to ease during the Covid-19 pandemic next summer, ITV bosses aren't taking any chances and have suggested Jersey as a location that could work.
An insider revealed to the publication: "The Channel Islands get plenty of sunshine so it makes sense to hold Love Island there if we can't get back to Spain.
"Either way we're going to put out a belting series.
"Viewers have missed Love Island for the whole of 2020 and they're desperate to have it back. They're going to love what we do, wherever we do it."
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