Mark it in your calendars – 2023 is set to be the year of love. You heard it here first.
Forget a mere summer of love, Love Island is set to make a double appearance in our lives next year, with a winter and summer edition confirmed.
As the year begins – and we’re all still in winter wooly hats and leggings, powering through the bitter months of January and February – Love Island will kick off in South Africa, and will return in Mallorca in the summer.
This comes after the series big return for the year, with huge numbers tuning in to see who will and won’t get mugged off. The launch episode for this summer’s series has been streamed 7.5 million times and the series as a whole has been streamed 74 million times.
“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,” Paul Mortimer, director of reality commissioning and controller at ITV2, says.
“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.”
While the show serves up more than its fair share of drama, it can’t be denied that some couples who meet on the popular reality TV series have gone the distance, and owe their romance to the villa, the games and all the other charms of Love Island.
Faye and Teddy, one of the iconic couples still together after meeting on the 2021 series, have described the impact that Love Island has had on their lives.
“We know without Love Island our two worlds would never have met,” Faye has said. “We were put through tests which proved our connection was real and untouchable, showing the world that two opposites can attract.
“We were able to learn so much about each other in such a short period of time yet we are still learning but with an amazing unbreakable bond which we owe Love Island for.”
Chloe and Toby, who were runners up in last year’s series and are still loved up to this day, have also weighed in:“Love Island was the BEST Summer of our lives! We both had so much fun.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity where you not only make friends for life but also potentially come out in a relationship too. The best best best experience ever!”
Bring it on.
Watch the current series of Love Island now on ITV2 and ITV Hub.