The summer series of Love Island has been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The hugely popular dating show is filmed in Majorca and usually airs on ITV2 and Virgin Media in June. 

Kevin Lygo, director of television at ITV, said: "We have tried every which way to make Love Island this summer, but logistically it's just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the wellbeing of everyone involved - and that for us is the priority.

"In normal circumstances, we would be preparing very soon to travel out to the location in Majorca to get the villa ready, but clearly that's now out of the question.

"We are very sorry for fans of the show, but making it safely is our prime concern and Love Island will be back stronger than ever in 2021."

Laura Whitmore, who hosted the winter series of Love Island, tweeted: "Like with a lot of things because of restrictions with travel, social distancing and unable to plan ahead, Love Island is postponed until 2021. Great news is that there have been more applications then any other series! Next year is going to be BIG. Stay safe".

Dr Alex George, who was a contestant on the show in 2018, commented on the announcement made on the official Love Island Instagram account.

He wrote: "This is a shame but ultimately the right and safe decision for all involved". 

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