Love Island bosses have finally confirmed that the show will return to its home of Mallorca this summer after months of speculation.
ITV Commissioner Amanda Stavri said, “We haven’t announced anything officially but Mallorca is very much the home of Love Island
“I can’t confirm anything 100 per cent at this stage but it will definitely be the Love Island viewers know and love.”
“We did look into some back up plans but we were all very much focused on making it happen in Mallorca, which is where it belongs quite frankly.”
It was feared that Love Island may not be able to return to its usual home of Majorca due to travel restrictions, with bosses said to be considering Jersey as a new location.
But, according to new reports, producers have received the green light to return to the Spanish isle and are going to extreme lengths to ensure that the show goes ahead as normal – even recruiting a back-up cast.
A TV insider revealed, “Producers have watched shows like Dancing on Ice struggle during the pandemic. They don’t want the same fate.
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“All precautions have been taken to make sure it goes smoothly. Besides the extra cast, they’ve incorporated Covid safety measures and increased checks on contestants’ mental health.”
They told The Sun, “Everyone is very excited. Restrictions are easing, the Euros football is on and Love Island is back in Majorca. What more could you want?”
According to the publication, this year’s Islanders have been told they will need to spend up to ten weeks abroad and will be adhering to all of the necessary government quarantining rules.
Wannabe contestants will undergo a psychological and physical assessment, a sexual health screening and an unannounced drugs test before they’re able to enter the villa.
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This all comes after it was announced singletons can now apply for Love Island on Tinder.
If you want to apply for the show on the dating app, all you have to do is swipe right when an ad for the show appears. Your profile will then be submitted to the Tinder team for review.
If your profile catches the eye of Tinder bigwigs, you’ll then be added to a priority list which means you’re guaranteed to be seen by the Love Island casting team.
Speaking about the exciting partnership with Tinder, Simon Daglish, ITV Deputy Managing Director, Commercial, said, “We love when brands like Tinder couple up with our programmes and it's a perfect partner for the hugely anticipated return of Love Island this summer.
“This is the first time we’ve worked with a dating app in this way and I’m sure Tinder members will be excited to get involved with the show.”