Laura Whitmore confirms Love Island 2021 and says applications are ‘crazy’
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Laura Whitmore has confirmed that Love Island will be returning for a seventh series this summer as she admitted that applications 'are crazy' so far.
The TV presenter, who is married to Ian Stirling who does the voiceover for the show, spilled the tea with The Telegraph's Stella magazine on what to expect for the next series.
The announcement comes shortly after the one year memorial of Caroline Flack who passed away last year at the age of 40.
Fans haven't had their Island fix since the Winter edition last year – where Paige and Finn stole the Love Island crown from runners up Siannise and Luke.
Whitmore told the publication: "I have been told that it's coming back. I love doing it, it's such a fun show.
"And I actually think it's been good to have had that break, for everyone who works on it, because we all went through a loss.
"It's nice to realise how much people missed the show. Apparently applications are crazy this year."
The Irish presenter joked about the ITV2 show, saying: "Let's just pray the vaccine kicks in.
"I've got a friend who jokes we should do Love Island Extra Baggage, with people who have ex-husbands and kids.
"Maybe if it's only the older people that have been vaccinated, we'll do that!"
But the question as to how the show is going to run according to social distancing guidelines is still unknown.
Producers behind the programme have discussed one contingency plan to fly out up to three times as many contestants as needed in case any need to drop out due to Covid complications.
ITV2 Chief Executive, Carolyn McCall revealed in an interview that the show's future is still in question.
She said: "We will want to put Love Island on air because it's been off air for a little while, we didn't do it last summer.
"We are looking at all our options at the moment because the pandemic makes it hard."
Former Islander and NHS nurse Rachel Fenton spoke out earlier this month after she was given the Covid jab after battling with the illness twice last year.
She tweeted: "I've been re-infected with COVID-19. I tested positive back in March and also had the antibodies. I knew reinfection did happen but I didn't think it was that common?
"I think it's important people know that reinfection is happening, it could be the new strain."
The 28-year-old thanked the incredible doctors and scientists for creating the vaccine and pushing the country one step closer to curing the virus.
The show has not yet confirmed an airdate, but the series usually begins in mid-summer, so if travel is possible by then under Covid restrictions we should be expecting to see it on our screens in early June.
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