Applications for Winter Love Island are still open

Dusty Baxter-Wright

From Cosmopolitan

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.

Are Winter Love Island applications still open?

Funny you should ask, because yes! ITV are still on the hunt for Love Island applications, ahead of the show's launch at the beginning of Jan. The application form reads:

"ITV2 are looking for vibrant singles from across the UK who want to head to the Winter sun, in search of love ! The chosen cast will spend time in a luxury villa, getting to know one another, 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."

Sound like you? Apply here!

Who will present winter Love Island?

Though Caroline Flack was lined up to present Winter Love Island, the presenter announced she was standing down from the role after being arrested and charged with assault by beating on December 13 following an incident with boyfriend Lewis Burton.

In a statement released on December 17, Caroline wrote on Instagram Stories: "... Love Island has been my world for the last five years, it's the best show on telly. In order to not detract attention from the upcoming series I feel the best thing I can do is to stand down for Series 6. I want to wish the incredible team working on the show a fantastic series in Cape Town."

On December 20, Laura Whitmore was announced as the show's new presenter. She said in a statement:

"To say I’m excited to be heading to Cape Town to host Love Island, the biggest show on television, is an understatement.

“I want to thank ITV for trusting me at the helm of this huge show. I wish it was in better circumstances; Caroline is a brilliant host and also a friend. We’ve spoken a lot in the last few days since she stepped down. She has been very kind to me and strongly pushed me for this role. I’ve watched her host every series and know I have big boots to fill. I will try and do it justice.

“Above all, I am a massive fan of this show. I’ve never been to a Love Island villa, and I can’t wait to get in there to meet all the new Islanders looking for love. The Love Island team are the best in the business… including the voice and heart of the show, Iain. He thought he was getting a holiday away from me… not a chance!”

Have we got a winter Love Island release date?

Finally, we do! ITV confirmed the show would be returning on 12 January 2020, though they didn't specify how long for. Six week? Eight weeks? FOREVER? It's currently unclear, but we do know to mark 12 January in our diaries.

Previously MailOnline reported the Love Island crew were heading off to Cape Town, South Africa, to start work on the new series on New Year's Day 2020. They claimed the launch would be on January 8, but we now know it's four days later on the 12th.

"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 July, 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."

Photo credit: ITV

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." Following news of Caroline's arrest, the trailer was pulled from television.

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!"

Same.

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."

Photo credit: ITV2

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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