Producers of ITV’s hit reality show, Love Island, have confirmed that ITV crewmembers and cast will fly to Spain later this month.
Love Island was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid restrictions, as contestants could not be flown to the villa in Majorca amid Covid lockdowns.
Host, Laura Whitmore, said Love Island is exactly what the UK needs right now, as the show’s six million viewers eagerly await the latest season.
So, when can we expect the seventh series of Love Island? This is what we know so far.
Will Love Island return in 2021?
ITV bosses are confident a 2021 season will go ahead, with its usual destination on the Spanish island of Majorca now welcoming British holidaymakers.
However, due to the uncertainty around international travel in the first half of 2021, the series will begin later than usual.
ITV has confirmed cast and crew will fly out to Spain on 20 June, with the show beginning one week later.
Although an official start date has yet to be confirmed, it is most likely that Love Island will be back on our screens from 27 June.
This year's show promises to be just as explosive as previous years, with ITV teasing: "More texts, fire pit gatherings and challenges await the lovestruck Islanders, meaning there’ll be plenty for them to dish the dirt on in the Beach Hut.
"And there’ll be lots of twists and turns along the way, with shock recouplings, unexpected splits and dramatic exits.
"As the pairs attempt to win the hearts of each other – and the nation – one couple will ultimately triumph and be crowned Love Island winners 2021."
Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Managing Director of Media and Entertainment, added: "Love Island returns for its seventh sizzling series, as a host of new singletons seek to find their perfect match.
"Returning to ITV2, the Islanders must do their best to flirt, date, couple up and try and avoid being ‘dumped’.
"With new arrivals, heads may turn, while others will prove their true feelings.
"From romance and heart-to-hearts to betrayal and broken hearts, there’s never a dull moment in this ultimate search for love.”
Where is the villa this year?
The show is expected to return to the original remote villa located in the picturesque village Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, Majorca.
There was thought to have been a back-up villa in Jersey, part of the UK’s common travel area, but this will likely not be required now.
Producers have also yet to confirm whether there will be a ‘Winter Sun’ series, usually shot in South Africa, as Covid continues to cause travel uncertainties.
Who will host this year’s show?
The 2021 series will be hosted by Radio 1 presenter Laura Whitmore.
She welcomed her first child, a daughter, in March. Despite this, she is expected to return to the show alongside her husband Iain Stirling, who provides the show’s voiceover.
Whitmore has already returned to work for ITV, recently sharing a snap of herself backstage on the set of Celebrity Juice.
Who are the contestants?
There has yet to be any information on contestants for this year’s villa, this article will be updated when the singletons are revealed.