‘Love Island’ or ‘Love Island UK’ is a British reality competition series that features several singletons from across the world who are stranded together in a swanky villa on an isolated Island. After forming pairs, whether romantic or platonic, the couples perform a variety of tasks to win a grand cash prize. It is a revival of ‘Celebrity Love Island’ that ran from 2005 to 2006 on ITV.
Since its premiere in 2015, it has been surrounded by numerous controversies ranging from lack of diversity to cancellation calls after four people linked to the show committed suicide. Despite all that, the BAFTA award-winning show has spawned six seasons and amassed loyal fans who must be wondering: When will ‘Love Island’ season 7 release? Let’s find out!
Love Island Season 7 Release Date
On July 24, 2019, the network announced the renewal of the show for two 2020 seasons – Season 6 in winter and Season 7 in summer. ‘Love Island’ season 6 premiered on ITV2 on January 12, 2020, and concluded on February 23, 2020. The show was planned to have 37 episodes. However, the makers decided to not broadcast an episode titled ‘Love Island: Unseen Bits,’ to mourn the tragic demise of the former presenter, Caroline Flack, who took her own life on February 15, 2020.
On May 4, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the network announced the cancellation of the seventh season of the show, which was set to film in summer 2020. In a statement to Variety, Kevin Lygo, director of television at ITV, 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.” He added, “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.”
The show’s presenter, Laura Whitmore, shared a tweet confirming the same.
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 ❤️
— Laura Whitmore ⚡️ (@thewhitmore) May 4, 2020
Considering the official announcement, we expect ‘Love Island’ season 7 to release sometime in 2021, on ITV2.
Love Island Season 7 Cast: Host and Narrator
Caroline Flack was the host of the show from season 1 to season 5. On December 17, 2019, Flack stepped down from the role in the wake of assault allegations towards her boyfriend, Lewis Burton. Following her exit, Irish actor Laura Whitmore assumed the mantle of the host/presenter for season 6.
Laura Whitmore will most likely reprise her hosting duties in the seventh season. Iain Stirling will return as the narrator of the show. The makers are still looking for potential candidates and so far, a record number of applications have already been submitted for season 7.
What is Love Island About?
The show picks a group of hot and happening singles and drops them on an isolated island where they live in a grand mansion under the surveillance of their every move. During their stay, each contestant is referred to as an “Islander.” For the summer season, the contestants live in a villa in Mallorca, Spain, while the winter villa is located in South Africa. Once they’re settled, each Islander is asked to couple up with whom he or she has developed a romantic or friendly connection.
Those who remain single after the coupling round is automatically dumped from the Island. The show also follows a public-voting system, where fans vote to save their favorite couples from being eliminated. New contestants arrive in the middle of the season, to stir things up. The Islanders are given a phone, through which they can plan and plot regarding tasks, eliminations, and re-coupling with other Islanders. After a series of physical and mental challenges, the couple with the most votes in the final week is declared a winner and also bags the cash prize of £50,000.