Love Island will air two series in 2023, with the landmark winter series returning to South Africa after three years away.
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.
Meanwhile, summer 2023 will see the dating show return to Mallorca for another eight week run.
The landmark 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 shelved in 2021 amid concerns surrounding the pandemic.
Paige and Finn said in the wake of the announcement: ‘Love Island enabled us to find love with someone that without the show, our paths would never have crossed.
‘We both found everything that we’d asked for in a partner in each other and we now live together in Manchester (we’ve been here for almost two years). We’ve got a new amazing group of friends and literally couldn’t imagine life without each other.’
Paul Mortimer, Director of Reality Commissioning and Controller, ITV2, said ‘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 a whopping five million viewers tuning in to the saucy series’ first episode earlier this month.
The opening saw a rise of 0.2 million viewers based on 2021’s launch, with the following series going on to be streamed a staggering 32 million times.
Consolidated data has confirmed that the Love Island launch is now officially the biggest programme of the year for the 16-34 year old demographic.
For 16-34 year old viewers the show averaged 1.8m TV viewers with a 61.6% share of viewing, making it the second most watched programme so far this year for this demographic – only being marginally beaten by the Eurovision song contest.
The 2019 series was eventually won by Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea.
Love Island has been a ratings juggernaut since the series was rebooted back in 2015, with the wildly popular 2017 series – won by Amber Davies and Kem Cetinay – making the show a national institution.
The 2017 show saw phrases such as ‘my type on paper’, ‘putting my eggs in one basket’ and ‘I used to be in Blazin’ Squad’ embraced by the national consciousness, with even rapper Stormzy getting involved.
The show has sparked spawned countless long term couplings, and resulted in four weddings and seven babies.
Series two runners-up Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen were the first Love Island couple to tie the knot in 2018, 2 years after meeting on the show. They recently welcomed a son, Abel.
Olivia said: ‘Love Island changed every aspect of our life. From meeting someone, to falling in love, to getting to getting married and having a baby on the way and completely changing our careers.
‘The experience opened up so many new and different doors, as well as so many new experiences for Alex and I. The best part was obviously meeting each other and now having a baby!
‘The experience has changed us both as people and has given us such an individual life experience.’
While series two winners Cara De La Hoyde and Nathan Massey wed in 2019 and are now parents to two children.
2017 runners-up Camilla Thurlow and Jamie Jewitt are now parents to two daughters and tied the knot last year.
Fellow 2017 series alum Dom Lever and Jess Shears wed in 2018 and now share a son. They are expecting a second boy imminently.
Dom said: ‘For me Love Island changed everything about my life. I met my wife, mother of my children, and moved across the country for a better life. Not to mention it changed the course of my career and now I get to spend everything with my family and working for myself.’
2019 series runners-up Molly Mae Hague and Tommy Fury are still together three years on, while 2020 winter series contestants Molly Smith and Callum Jones are still smitten.
Molly said: ‘Love Island gave me the experience of a lifetime, the best memories that I will cherish forever, and of course, my soul mate.’