'Love Island' confirms it will air two series per year after announcing winter show

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Love Island 2019 line-up (Credit: ITV)
Love Island 2019 line-up (Credit: ITV)

ITV has confirmed that Love Island will now have two series per year from 2020, after announcing a winter edition of the dating show.

The winter version will see Islanders jet off to a brand new location in South Africa, while the summer edition will remain in Europe.

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Love Island is currently the most-watched programme of the year amongst adults aged 16-34 across any channel.

ITV also confirmed that the show has broken the six million viewer mark for the first time, based on its four-screen consolidated viewing figures (TV, PC, mobile and tablet).

Paul Mortimer, Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions at ITV, said in a statement: "Off the back of a record-breaking year, we're delighted to be bringing an extra series of our biggest and sunniest show to the 2020 schedule.

"Love Island has proven yet again to be the perfect format that engages younger audiences. In response to this viewer appetite, a new batch of young singletons will deliver some highly anticipated post-Christmas romance and drama from our new and luxurious location."

Amy Hart and Curtis Pritchard on Love Island 2019 (ITV)
Amy Hart and Curtis Pritchard on Love Island 2019 (ITV)

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Angela Jain, Managing Director of ITV Studios Entertainment, added: “We love making Love Island for ITV2.

"The show's success is testament to the magnificent production team that decamp to Mallorca every year to deliver the award-winning show with its trademark warmth, wit and wide-ranging appeal. And now 2020 is going to have even more love than before."

The broadcaster hasn’t yet confirmed if Love Island host Caroline Flack will present the winter edition of the show.