What could the future hold for the series? (Picture: ITV)
There could be trouble in paradise for the Love Island franchise, as a boss hints that the winter version of the hit series could be axed completely.
While some fans are excited about the return of former islanders, especially those who have been romantically linked in the past, others have admitted to feeling ‘Love Island fatigue’.
So, it might not come as too much of a surprise to hear that a bigwig who works on the programme behind the scenes is considering getting rid of the winter iteration completely.
‘I would love it to stay like this and do All Stars in winter and then the regular series with new islanders in the summer,’ executive producer Mike Spencer told The Sun in South Africa.
‘That way the two series feel different. That’s what we need to do as producers, we need to focus on making sure the format feels different and that it doesn’t feel like the same Love Island series again.’
The cast of familiar Love Island faces has been revealed (Picture: ITV)
So, it appears in future, a winter series of Love Island with new, unknown contestants might be replaced with more seasons featuring well-known reality stars, if Mike has his way.
Addressing what fans can expect from the all-star version, he reckons that it’s going to be ‘the most exciting series we’ve ever had’, promising that ‘there will be lots of drama’.
In addition to Liberty, Jake and Kaz, the other islanders confirmed for the line-up include Anton Danyluk, Chris Taylor, Demi Jones, Georgia Harrison, Georgia Steel, Hannah Elizabeth, Luis Morrison, Mitchel Taylor and Toby Aromolaran.
In a video released by ITV introducing the all-star cast, Liberty explained that she has ‘grown up’ since her time on Love Island, and now sets ‘boundaries’.
Liberty is back – and some fans think she’s going to be in for the win (Picture: Joel Anderson/ITV/Shutterstock)
Chris admitted that ‘you learn a lot about yourself when you get pied by six girls on the trot’.
Meanwhile, Demi confessed that she feels her love life has ‘got worse’ since her time in the villa, so she’s hoping to find love the second time around.
Toby, meanwhile, said that he wouldn’t do anything differently and has no regrets, as anything that he did wrong in the past was a ‘lesson learnt’.
‘I’m going into the villa to get what I want,’ said Luis, who was in the first series of the reality TV show’s reboot.
One fan on Instagram suspected that Liberty already has the strongest chance of winning, writing in a comment: ‘Y’all can just send lib the 50k right now babes no need to even bother with the rest.’
Besties Kaz and Liberty are reuniting for the new season (Picture: ITV/Rex/Shutterstock)
Referencing Liberty and Jake’s past relationship, another wrote: ‘“I’m Jake, I’m Liberty” Man the casting team are playing dirty.’
Several people pointed out that the islanders likely already know each other from going out with fellow Love Island stars, so it’ll be interesting to see how they navigate their pre-existing connections.
Someone else stated: ‘Looking forward to this – but let’s be honest, none of them are going to find ‘the one’ in their. Pretty sure every one of them have probably met, had a night out, cheeky kiss already.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted ITV for comment.
Winter Love Island launches on Monday January 15 at 9pm on ITV1, ITV2 and ITVX.
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