Many of us were unsurprisingly left gutted when we learned Love Island wouldn't be going ahead this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement released in May 2020, Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV, explained:
"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. 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.”
The good news is, though, that we won't be left high and dry with nothing to watch every evening - because ITV2 have announced they'll be airing Love Island Australia this summer instead. THIS IS AMAZING.
Starting later this month and airing nightly on ITV2, the Australian version is hosted by Sophie Monk and narrated by Eoghan McDermott. It's unclear whether it's the 2018 or 2019 series, but the format is pretty much exactly the same as the UK version, and we honestly couldn't be more excited. YES.
"The series sees a bunch of sizzling Aussie singles embark on the ultimate summer of love, leaving the Australian winter behind them, as they take up residence in a luxury villa in Mallorca," ITV announce.
GRAND FINALE TONIGHT... @loveislandau btw you don’t even need a filter in this villa, the lighting is unfairly good. 😂 I want to call out the crew on this show who have worked so hard on my favourite season of @loveislandau ever! You guys are legends! 🙌❤️ Styled: @natalia.de.martin H&Mu: @bynormie 📸: @joshuargross Also thank you for @mcobeauty for believing in the lipgloss I’ve always wanted ❤️ #monksquad
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"Playing the definitive game of love, the Aussie Islanders will get to know each other in the hope of finding romance. But as new bombshells arrive on the Island, which couples will stand the test of time and make it all the way to the final, and have a chance of bagging the $50,000 cash prize."
ITV2 haven't yet confirmed when Love Island Australia will air, but one thing's for sure: we're excited. The gaping hole in our lives has been filled!
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