ITV has announced that former Love Island contestants will have another opportunity to find love in a special All Stars edition of the show.
Love Island is a British dating game show format that has been on U.K. broadcaster ITV since 2015.
After many months of rumors, the broadcaster officially announced its intention to reintroduce familiar contestants to the villa in South Africa.
The lineup of previous contestants, whose names have not yet been revealed, will try to form couples when the series returns next year.
The ratings for the reality show, which is currently hosted by Maya Jama, have experienced a consistent decline since it first premiered in 2015. However, It’s not yet been confirmed if host Maya Jama will be presenting All Stars
The spinoff show, Love Island: All Stars, will feature contestants from earlier seasons returning to the South African villa for another opportunity to find love.
This new series is scheduled to debut in the upcoming year. It’s being produced by Lifted Entertainment, which is a part of ITV Studios, and GroupM Motion Entertainment.
The show’s best years were from 2017 to 2019, when each episode attracted around 3.5 million viewers. However, the most recent version saw a significant drop in traditional TV ratings.
It did bounce back with the finale, becoming the most-watched program among viewers aged 16-34 on any channel.
The series also accumulated an impressive 1.4 billion video views across various platforms and received approximately 300 million streams on ITVX.
The recent summer series in Majorca – won by Sammy Root and Jess Hardin – attracted 1.3m viewers for its first episode – more than a million down on the previous year.
The show has also received criticism from the charity Women’s Aid, which has accused it of depicting “sexist and controlling actions.”
The All Stars edition won’t mark the show’s first visit to the lavish South African villa. In 2020, the series ventured to South Africa for its very first winter season.
“It’s set to be a must-watch series seeing favorite islanders from across the years heading back to the stunning South African villa,” said Mike Spencer, creative director at production company Lifted Entertainment.
The TV show Love Island, which is broadcast on ITV2 and also available on ITVX in the UK, has been remade in many countries worldwide.
This includes successful adaptations in the United States and Australia.
Source: BBC News