Love Island will still air its summer series despite coronavirus fears
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The ITV2 reality show aired its first ever winter series earlier this year with the cast spending eight weeks in a villa in South Africa, and had been set to begin the regular summer series – which takes place in Majorca – in June.
However, following the outbreak of coronavirus – which is also known as COVID-19 – the future of the 2020 summer series was cast into doubt, as several productions have been forced to shut down in an attempt to limit the spread of the pandemic.
But bosses have now confirmed they are “still committed” to airing the series as normal, but may need to push the start date back to July.
A TV source told MailOnline:
‘The team are still committed to the series airing this summer. The show will go on.
‘Production on Love Island have been told the upcoming series is still scheduled to take place but the show will launch a month later in July.
‘All the usual preparations are going ahead’.
The update comes after it was claimed over the weekend the series had been “flung into jeopardy” as a result of the virus, with plans to discuss the show being “delayed until after Easter”.
But Scottish model Adam Rhazali, 19, has claimed he was approached by one of the show’s casting crew via his modelling agency Wilson Model Management as recently as last week.
The hunk is unsure about appearing on the show, as insiders say bosses are still hunting for the perfect summer cast.
A source continued:
‘Potential islanders are still being approached as it can take weeks to recruit the right cast.
‘Bosses are desperate for the show to remain in the hearts of viewers after the winter series was tainted with sadness following Caroline Flack’s tragic passing.
‘Final decisions will be made closer to the time but for now, it’s all systems go’.
Last week, strict restrictions were put in place in Majorca, with hotels and tourist accommodation shutting down, as well as cafes, bars, cinemas and concert halls being ordered to close.
Six people have reportedly died on the Spanish island as a result of the virus, whilst 246 people in the Balearics have been diagnosed with COVID-19.