23 June 2022

Love Island announces winter show in South Africa will return

Producers have decided to bring back the winter version of the show, which was axed in 2020.

Love Island will air two series in 2023, with the landmark winter series returning to South Africa after three years away from our screens. The new series of the show will come to ITV2 and new channel ITVX in the new year, with January seeing a fresh batch of Islanders heading to South Africa on a quest for love and romance.  


The debut winter series aired in January 2020 — shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic — and was won by Paige Turley and Finn Tapp. Plans for a second winter series were halted in 2021 amid concerns surrounding the pandemic. 


Paul Mortimer, Director of Reality Commissioning and Controller, ITV2, said in a press release: “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.”

Mike Spencer, Executive Producer at Lifted Entertainment, said, “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.”

Love Island 2022 scored its biggest launch show ratings since the 2019 series with a whopping five million viewers tuning in to the series’ first episode earlier this month.

  • Writer Chris Saunders
  • Banner Image Credit ITV

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