ITV bosses have moved to the island of Jersey as an alternate location for Love Island this summer – in case the show cannot be staged in Mallorca as planned.
The producers are desperate to return to the sunny Spanish island so the contestants can happily relax in their sexy swimsuits.
But because Covid’s travel restrictions could make it too complicated to stage the show in its traditional Mediterranean home, the island of Jersey was chosen as the reserve.
Now the producers are just hoping the contestants won’t take wearing a swimsuit if the weather is bad.
“The Channel Islands get a lot of sun, so it makes sense to keep Love Island there if we can’t get back to Spain,” an insider said.
“Either way, we’re going to launch a series of belts. Viewers have missed Love Island for the whole of 2020 and they are in desperate need of getting it back. They will love what we do, wherever we do it.
Pregnant host Laura Whitmore has revealed there is no shortage of aspiring contestants for this summer’s series.
“We’ve had more nominations than ever – there are a lot of people who want to do Love Island and there are a lot of people who want to watch it,” she says.
Beautiful Jersey, located 14 miles off the coast of Normandy, was very popular with honeymooners in the 1950s and 1960s.
It averages 250 hours of sunshine in June and July, with highs sometimes reaching 33 degrees although normally settling closer to 20 degrees.
Mallorca typically has up to 350 hours of sunshine in early summer, with average highs around 26 degrees.
Last year, the summer and winter versions of Love Island were canceled due to the pandemic.
At the time, ITV TV director Kevin Lygo admitted, “Logistically it’s just impossible to produce it.”
But this year, everyone is determined to bring the ITV2 show back, one way or another.
Narrator Iain Stirling, married to presenter Laura, 35, and set to become the daddy of their first child, also opened up about the future of the series.
“So obviously I would go back and do it,” he said last month. “I have so many friends who work on this show and we would all love to sunbathe and go to Spain for a bit. That would be great.
“We are going to have people who have been driven mad by corona, who are chomping at the bit to get to a villa in Spain. It’s a vacation, it’s a chance to meet someone, it’s eight weeks in a different house.
Iain, 33, also suggested that a UK version might be a good alternative for applicants.
“I really thought I’m A Celeb was so brilliant last year, that’s an option. When they can’t eat their dinner because the seagulls take it off the plate – that could mix it up, ”he laughed.
A final decision on where to use should be made within days.
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