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Love Island is returning with two series in 2023

BANG Showbiz logo BANG Showbiz 23/06/2022 Bang Showbiz
Laura Whitmore holding a sign: Laura Whitmore hosts Love Island © Bang Showbiz Laura Whitmore hosts Love Island

'Love Island' will return for two new series in 2023.

The hugely popular ITV2 dating show will be back for a special winter edition in January before the main summer season airs just a few months later from the beloved villa in Majorca.

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.”

The programme - which ranks as TV's biggest show for 16-34 year olds - will return to South Africa for the first time since 2020's winter edition in a brand new villa.

Mike Spencer - Executive Producer at Lifted Entertainment - added: "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.”

The show - hosted by Laura Whitmore - has helped plenty of people find love over the years, with four weddings and seven babies coming from the relationships formed on the show.

Last year's finalist Faye Winter admitted without 'Love Island', she wouldn't have met Teddy Soares and fallen in love.

She said: "We know without Love Island our two worlds would never have met.

"We were put through tests which proved our connection was real and untouchable, showing the world that two opposites can attract.

"[We] are forever grateful to ITV, not only did it bring us together but also taught us so much about ourselves as individuals.”

And Molly Smith - who was a 2020 finalist in the winter season alongside Callum Jones - also credited the show with helping spark their romance.

She commented: "'Love Island' gave me the experience of a lifetime, the best memories that I will cherish forever, and of course, my soul mate."

'Love Island' airs at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.

The dating reality show can be seen in Ireland on Virgin Media Two and Virgin Media Player.

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