When does Love Island 2021 start on ITV2? Where to watch the brand new series
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Love Island is finally gearing up to return to our screens after over a year.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic meant UK viewers were sadly deprived of their fix of the popular ITV dating show following the winter version in 2020, which saw Paige Turley and Finn Tapp emerge victorious.
As lockdown has started easing and the public are enjoying the sunshine out in pubs, restaurants and gardens, ITV is ready to bring back everyone's favourite show.
Series seven will see a diverse group of sexy singletons enter the Majorca villa in a bid to find love and win a whopping £50,000.
But when will it air? And will all be the same one year on? Here's everything we know so far…
When does Love Island 2021 start?
This Morning's Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were given the honours to confirm the premiere date of the series on Wednesday's show.
The show will begin on Monday 28th June at 9pm.
Holly received a "text" which read: "Love Island is back. Monday 28th June 9pm, ITV2 & ITV Hub #ThisIsNotADrill #CrackOn."
The cast and crew are currently quarantining in Spain, and will commence filming for the show three later than its usual premiere date.
Speaking previously about the rumoured launch date, a source told MailOnline: “Crew members are scheduled to fly out to Majorca on 20th June – with the series expected to launch a week later.
“The delayed launch date will not have an impact on the length of the series, with the show still running for a duration of eight weeks."
Where will Love Island 2021 take place?
Despite rumours that Love Island could take place in the UK for the first time, filming is set to take place in its original home of Majorca.
According to reports, the next batch of Islanders will be setting up home at a luxury villa on the outskirts of picturesque village Sant Llorenç des Cardassar.
ITV commissioner Amanda Starvi spoke out about the revival of the series as she told Radio Times: “We haven’t announced anything officially but Majorca is very much the home of Love Island."
She added: "We did look into some back-up plans but we were all very much focused on making it happen in Majorca, which is where it belongs quite frankly.”
It’s also claimed that producers have a back-up villa in Jersey, just in case travel restrictions prevent the show from taking place abroad.
Who are the Love Island 2021 contestants?
No official announcement has been made about the Love Island 2021 cast, although it’s rumoured that bosses are keen to recruit the most diverse group of contestants ever after facing backlash for the lack of diversity in previous years.
A TV insider told The Sun: “Bosses know that all eyes will be on them when the show returns later this year, so they want to make sure that they can’t give anyone anything to criticise them over. In the past the show has been criticised for being too white and having a lack of body diversity.
"Viewers want to see women and men that they can relate to and hot singletons come in all shapes and sizes so this is a positive move. The casting team has been told to get the most diverse line up ever. It’s being seen as a bit of a long overdue shake-up."
It's also been confirmed that ITV bosses are looking for bisexual islanders to enter the villa.
So far, a number of names are rumoured to have joined this year's line-up including Gordon Ramsay's daughter model Holly and Nigel Benn's boxer son Harley.
When does the Love Island 2021 final take place?
Love Island 2021 is expected to run for eight weeks, which means the final should take place on 23 August.
Who is hosting Love Island 2021?
Laura Whitmore is returning to host Love Island for the second time and she won't be alone after giving birth to her baby daughter last month.
Luckily her husband Iain Stirling, 33, will also be in Spain to resume narrating duties, so they can co-parent.
Teasing the return of the popular dating programme, Laura starred in two trailers dressed in a stunning red jumpsuit as her long blonde hair framed her face.
"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. Let's just pray the vaccines kick in," she told Stella magazine.
How can I watch Love Island 2021?
Love Island usually airs on ITV2 every weeknight at 9pm. You can also catch up on the ITV Hub.
If you can't wait until June for your fix of the dating show, then all episodes of the first six series are now available to stream.
Will there be a Winter Love Island in 2021?
According to reports, the winter edition of Love Island has been put on hold for the foreseeable future.
“Winter Love Island on the other hand has been 'indefinitely postponed' as bosses put all their energies until the summer series,” a source told MailOnline.
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