Love Island announces TWO series for 2020 with Caroline Flack and new Winter Love Island villa location in South Africa
LOVE Island has been commissioned for two series in 2020 and Caroline Flack will host both shows.
Viewers will no longer have to wait a year for their next instalment of TV’s most talked about summer series, as ITV today confirmed that during 2020 there will be two series of Love Island on ITV2.
Last night, The Sun revealed Flack will host the winter series which is rumoured to be six weeks long.
The show hit new heights in its fifth series this summer, breaking the 6 million viewers mark for the first time, in terms of four-screen consolidated viewing.
There have been over 2 billion impressions on Twitter so far this series, and the Love Island account has over 3 million Instagram followers.
Now ITV2 has announced the first series of the show next year will run in early 2020 from a brand new villa in South Africa.
The summer series will then return to Europe for a summer of love closer to home.
Paul Mortimer, Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions at ITV said: "Off the back of a record-breaking year, we're delighted to be bringing an extra series of our biggest and sunniest show to the 2020 schedule.
"Love Island has proven yet again to be the perfect format that engages younger audiences.
"In response to this viewer appetite, a new batch of young singletons will deliver some highly anticipated post-Christmas romance and drama from our new and luxurious location."
Caroline wants to keep her projects going in the UK and look after her beloved French bulldog Ruby. It's no wonder Flack has a year-round tan.
A telly source told The Sun's Bizarre: "ITV bosses have been thrilled with the popularity of the show this year and enjoyed bumper viewing figures so it seemed like a no brainer to fill the January reality TV slot left by Celebrity Big Brother.
"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."
Bosses, who are expected to formally announce the show any day now, have also reached out to comedian Iain Stirling to provide the voiceover again.
The winter version of Love Island is set to be filmed after Christmas to fill in the gaping hole Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother left.
This year the first episode alone was seen by a record 5.9million on ITV2, PC, tablet and mobile, up 16 per cent on last year.
A well-placed telly source said: “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.
"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."
Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2.
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