Everything we know about Love Island 2021

Zoe Shenton
·4 min read

From Cosmopolitan

With the sad Love Island-shaped hole left in our lives in 2020, we've got full faith that Love Island 2021 is going to be an absolute banger when it returns this summer. We don't yet have many details surrounding season 7, but the bosses at ITV did promise "Love Island will be back stronger than ever in 2021", which sounds excellent to us. Here's everything else we know so far about Love Island 2021:

When does Love Island 2021 start?

On March 4th, ITV confirmed Love Island WILL be returning this summer. Announcing the channel's spring schedule, Managing Director of Media and Entertainment Kevin 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."

If it sticks to the pattern of previous years, the dating show should drop at the beginning of June and run for eight joyous weeks until August, while the winter series lasts for six weeks.

Kevin's confirmation comes after winter series host Laura Whitmore also said Love Island is definitely set to return. "I have been told that it’s coming back. I love doing it, it’s such a fun show," she told The Telegraph's Stella magazine in February.

"And I actually think it’s been good to have had that break, for everyone who works on it, because we all went through a loss. It’s nice to realise how much people missed the show. Apparently applications are crazy this year."

Where will Love Island 2021 be filmed?

It's unclear if the show will be able to take place abroad this year given the current restrictions on travel. In early February, ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall said show bosses are looking "at all our options" when asked if the series would be filming in the UK this summer.

"I genuinely don’t know," she told BBC Radio 4. "We will want to put Love Island on air because it’s been off air for a little while. We didn’t do it last summer. We are looking at all our options at the moment. The pandemic makes it hard.

In early March is was claimed the summer 2021 series might take place in Jersey. "The Channel Islands get plenty of sunshine so it makes sense to hold Love Island there if we can’t get back to Spain," an insider told The Mirror. "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."

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

The Love Island 2021 contestants

It's still way too early to know who will be heading into the villa, but what we do know is more people than ever applied to take part in season seven - and applications are still being accepted until April of this year. When the 2020 series was cancelled, Laura tweeted: "Like with a lot of things because of restrictions with travel, social distancing and unable to plan ahead, Love Island is postponed until 2021. Great news is that there have been more applications than any other series! Next year is going to be BIG. Stay safe."

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How to apply for Love Island 2021

The Love Island application form is currently live, which means if you fancy yourself as the next Amber Gill, Molly-Mae Hague or Maura Higgins and want an extended, all-expenses paid holiday (and of course the chance to find love!), you should apply! You can fill out the initial application form right here. The ad reads:

ITV2 are looking for vibrant singles from across the UK who are searching for love! Our Islanders spend time in a luxury villa in the hope of finding love, but to remain in paradise they must win the hearts of the public and their fellow Islanders, who ultimately decide their fate on Love Island. If you think you’ve got what it takes, then we want to hear from you!

In order to apply, you have to be aged 18 or over, you can't be employed by ITV or have an immediate relative who works for the broadcaster, you need a passport which is valid until at least February 2022, and you need to be free for a minimum of 10 weeks to participate in the programme.

The closing date for submitting the form is 30th April 2021. Not long now!

And if you want some tips from a Love Island casting producer on what they ask the applicants once you complete the initial form, check out this handy guide.

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