Love Island CANCELLED for first time in five years due to coronavirus pandemic

Love Island will not go ahead this summer, ITV have confirmed.

The show was due to be filmed in Mallorca this summer but, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, is unable to take place this year.

ITV's director of television Kevin Lygo said: "We have tried every which way to make Love Island this summer but logistically it's just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the wellbeing of everyone involved and that for us is the priority.

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"In normal circumstances we would be preparing very soon to travel out to the location in Mallorca to get the villa ready but clearly that’s now out of the question.

"We are very sorry for fans of the show but making it safely is our prime concern and Love Island will be back stronger than ever in 2021. In the meantime Love Island fans can still enjoy all six series of Love Island on BritBox."

Host Laura Whitmore took to Twitter to share the news, writing to her 443,000 followers: "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 then any other series! Next year is going to be BIG. Stay safe."

It was reported over the weekend that the network were struggling to find a company to provide insurance for the series, despite having a social distancing plan in place.

An insider told Daily Star: "Producers are looking at ways of making it work. The current plan is to fly crew and contestants out to Majorca two weeks before filming starts and then isolate everyone.

"But even with these measures, insurance companies won't offer cover. ITV can't do the series without insurance.

"If the series is airing and even just one person tests positive for the virus, the whole thing would have to be shut down immediately. That's too much of a risk without insurance."

It was previously reported that the seventh series of the show, which has shot the likes of Kem Cetinay, Molly-Mae Hague and Olivia and Alex Bowen to fame, could be filmed in Cornwall, but bosses ruled that out last week.

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It has been claimed that applications for the upcoming series had been higher than ever before and that interviews were still taking place for hopeful cast members.

A TV insider said last month: "Applications have gone through the roof since lockdown. Never before have so many people applied in this six-week time span.

"Over seventy per cent of the applications have come from 18 to 28-year-olds and the videos being sent in have been more creative than ever as people have more time on their hands."

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