Just when you thought Love Island taking over your life for two months of the year was enough, ITV2 bosses confirm a second season every year is coming. Here's everything you need to know about winter Love Island, which launches at the beginning of 2020.
Have we got a winter Love Island trailer yet?
On 5 December 2019, we were treated to our second winter Love Island trailer, and fans think they've just been given a glimpse at the South African villa for the first time. In the voiceover, Iain Stirling says, "Oh winter, what is your problem? Every year you make it so baltic our toes go numb. And we want to hide under our duvets. You're just rain, sleet, drizzle, repeat. You happily make us wear layers and layers of clothes, and make us trudge through our daily lives. Thanks to you, we're stuck indoors with the heat turned up.
"Well, guess what winter? You can take your frostbite and stick it where the sun don't shine. This year, our heads have been turned. We'll be covering ourselves in glitter and dancing round the firepit, and there's nothing you can do about it."
Caroline Flack then adds, "Sorry winter, you're just not our type."
On 3 December 2019, ITV dropped a first glimpse at the winter version of the show we know and love during the I'm A Celeb ad break. In the 10 second clip, an airplane holding a sign is reflected in a man's sunglasses as he looks up to the sky. "Do one, winter" it reads, while the iconic Love Island music plays.
Unsurprisingly, it got fans pretty excited. "Me in July: two series of Love Island a year is a bad idea. Me in December: BRING IT ON HUN!" one person wrote, while another added, "I’m so EXCITED for #loveisland to be back but can an islander ever top Ovie?"
A third wrote, "Hearing the Love Island sound during adverts! So weird hearing it in winter but fully can’t wait for next month!"
Have we got a winter Love Island release date?
We most certainly do! According to MailOnline, the Love Island crew are heading off to Cape Town, South Africa, to start work on the new series on New Year's Day 2020. They will then have a week to prepare for the first winter series, before the official anticipated launch on January 8.
"The new Winter Love Island will launch the second week of January," a TV source told the newspaper. "Bosses are still deciding on the final date but it is thought to be January 8 – a week after staff arrive in South Africa."
Producers have apparently also decided to make the series slightly shorter. "It has been decided that the show will run for six weeks instead of the usual eight. The new cast of singletons fly out just days before the launch but bosses work with test Islanders to uncover the best spots in the villa to create drama.'
This comes as Iain Stirling previously hinted that the show could be on our screens 'sooner than you thought'. Speaking before the Love Island final in Jul, Iain Stirling confirmed that he'll be returning to the voiceover box for the show, saying to Richard Arnold on Good Morning Britain: "Do you know what, it's gonna be an absolute blast. Winter Love Island is gonna come back sooner than you thought and it's gonna be enjoyable."
What will happen in winter Love Island?
While you're probably thinking, 'Wait, haven't we been here before?' insider insists the show wouldn't be like Survival Of The Fittest - ITV2's last attempt of translating the series into a winter version. OH MY GOD IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING.
ITV previously confirmed the news that the show will have two series per year from 2020, one airing in winter and one airing in summer. Angela Jain, managing director of ITV Studios Entertainment, said:
"We love making Love Island for ITV2. The show's success is testament to the magnificent production team that decamp to Mallorca every year to deliver the award-winning show with its trademark warmth, wit and wide-ranging appeal. And now 2020 is going to have even more love than before."
Who will present winter Love Island?
The broadcaster hasn't officially commented on rumours that Love Island host Caroline Flack will also present the winter edition of the show, but a report from The Sun claims, "Caroline is now synonymous with the show so it wouldn’t seem right to have anyone else hosting it. They’ll use the same production crew too so it should all run like clock work."
News of a winter Love Island first came about with a report from The Sun on June 18 2019, which claimed the show would follow exactly the same format as Love Island to ensure its success, and be filmed in a villa in South Africa during December. Really?
"After the flop of Survival of the Fittest producers want to keep the format simple and mop up the gaping hole Celebrity Big Brother left reality TV hungry audiences," the insider commented. "Winter Love Island makes sense as fans adore the drama and love triangles and everyone wants to enjoy a bit of sun on screens in the cold winter months."
Who will head into the winter Love Island villa?
While the official contestants are yet to be announced, rumours about potential Love Island contestants are already swirling:
Wow. More recouplings, more love triangles, and even more eye rolling. Looks like we should wave goodbye to any concept of our own social life asap.
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