Brace yourselves, die-hard fans of Love Island. We are in for double trouble in 2023 as ITV is giving us not one, but two series of the popular dating show. With a return to the Winter villa in South Africa coming up fast, you can expect all the classic Love Island antics — sexy challenges, fit bombshells, and hideaway shenanigans — to remain. And so, here’s everything we know about Winter Love Island 2023 so far.
Per ITV, in 2023 there will be both a summer and winter series, meaning we can expect a whole new host of islanders jetting off to the new villa in South Africa in January, and another crew returning to Majorca in June or July.
Speaking about the announcement, Paul Mortimer, Director of Reality Commissioning and Controller, ITV2, said: ‘‘Love Island has once again proved itself to be the nation’s favourite talking point across the summer, and we’re always blown away by the show’s ongoing impact and talkability amongst our younger audience. So, rather than just serving up a Summer of Love, we thought we’d make 2023 the Year of Love with two full series of the show.”
Winter Love Island 2023 Teaser Trailers
The British nation presumably needs no further encouragement to hop onto the Love Island train, as ITV has released very minimalist teasers for the latest season. An Instagram reel featuring the new host showed Maya Jama looking stunning in an astrology-themed jumpsuit, captioned: “New year, new series, new host. Let’s do this, @mayajama! 💛🏝”
ITV also uploaded a clip of a rodeo bucking bronco upholstered completely in pink, complete with a glittery love heart. With the iconic Love Island music playing, the caption reads: “Are you ready to grab love by the horns? You know what’s coming when you hear this noise. 😉”
Looks like viewers need to buckle up for a wild ride.
Winter Love Island 2023 Start Date
Fans will remember that Winter Love Island first launched in 2020, with Paige Turley and Finn Tapp emerging as the winners. It was also Laura Whitmore’s debut as the show’s host. Lockdown, obviously, put a stop to further seasons and we returned to summer editions in 2021 and 2022, won by Millie Court and Liam Reardon, and Ekin-Su Cuculoglu and Davide Sanclimenti, respectively.
Bustle has reached out to ITV for confirmation on an air date, but Winter Love Island is rumoured to start on Jan. 16, according to Radio Times.
Also speaking on the announcement, Mike Spencer, Executive Producer at Lifted Entertainment, added: ‘‘After eight brilliant series, we are excited to be serving up two helpings of love in 2023 by kicking off in January at a stunning new villa in South Africa. We can look forward to more romances, bromances, and everything in between as we embark on another epic year of love.’’
Winter Love Island 2023 Cast & Host
The winter 2023 line-up has yet to be announced, but with the season potentially set to air in a couple of weeks, we’re likely to get news of the cast very soon.
As for hosting duties, Jama was confirmed to be the villa’s new winter host in October, after Whitmore announced her departure from the show in August. “I’ve always been such a massive Love Island fan and I’m so excited to be hosting one of the nation’s favourite shows,” Jama said in a statement. “I can’t wait to get into the villa and meet all of the islanders.”
The voice of Love Island, Iain Stirling — who is married to Whitmore — was recently confirmed to be taking on narration duties for Love Island USA as it moves from CBS to Peacock, meaning he could be in for quite a few summers and winters of love.
Love Island 2023 Duty of Care Regulations
On Dec. 30, ITV released a new set of protocols for Islanders appearing on Love Island in 2023. Notably, in the upcoming series, participants will be asked to pause all accounts for the duration of their time on screen, meaning their family and friends won’t be able to post on their pages on their behalf. The network believes this will ensure the Islanders and their families are protected from the adverse effects of social media.
Before entering the villa, participants will also be trained in engaging in mutually respectful relationships and in identifying coercive or controlling behaviour. This comes after the most recent season saw domestic abuse charities calling out the male contestants’ “misogyny and casual sexism.”
Similar to previous seasons, this time too, contestants will be advised on using inclusive language and creating safe spaces for one another. Moreover, ahead of the winter season, new participants will watch a video where former Islanders share tips on how to deal with being filmed 24/7, how to interact with producers, how to deal with social media trolling and how to adapt to life after the show. The welfare programme also includes financial advice and mental health check-ins with the Islanders before, during and 14 months after the completion of the show.
This article was originally published on June 23, 2022
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