Love Island has had ‘more applications than ever’ with over 1,000 singletons already interviewed amid the show’s current selection process for the 2021 series.
ITV commissioner, Amanda Stavri, teased the upcoming series in a new interview and revealed that the team are all ‘very pleased’ with the potential line-up.
Speaking to RadioTimes, the Love Island boss said: ‘There’s been more applications than ever. They’ve whittled it down and we’re all very pleased.
Exciting: Love Island has had ‘more applications than ever’ with over 1,000 singletons already interviewed amid the show’s selection process for the 2021 series (the 2019 line-up pictured)
‘We’ve got a big sort of pool at the moment and we need to sort of work out who to put in the opening line-up and who sort of to hold back, you know as a bombshell – we need the bombshells.’
Elsewhere during the interview, the ITV commissioner promised the 2021 line-up will be ‘diverse and inclusive’.
However, the ITV commissioner said that including gay Islanders is a ‘logistical difficulty’ due to the format of the dating show.
Love Island has previously been slammed by fans, and previous contestants, for lack of different ethnic backgrounds, body types and members of the LGBT community represented on the show.
‘Very pleased’! ITV commissioner, Amanda Stavri, teased the series in a new interview and revealed the team are ‘very pleased’ with the potential line-up (host Laura Whitmore pictured)
The ITV commissioner added: ‘In terms of gay Islanders, I think the main challenge is regarding the format of Love Island. There’s a sort of logistical difficulty, because although Islanders don’t have to be 100 per cent straight, the format must sort of give [the] Islanders an equal choice when coupling up.’
Stavri pointed out that spin-off shows, such as The Cabins, has a lot more ‘sexual diversity’ as the format doesn’t have as much ‘restrictions’ as Love Island, adding: ‘So we’re very sort of mindful of that across our programming on ITV and dating series.’
In March, 2017 contestant Montana Brown called for greater diversity on Love Island and insisted it is ‘unhealthy for people to just see size 8s chomping around in their bikinis’.
Line-up: Elsewhere during the interview, the ITV commissioner promised that the 2021 line-up will be ‘diverse and inclusive’ (members from the 2018 line-up pictured)
The swimwear brand owner, 25, also stated: ‘I wanna see more people of colour’ while concluding that ‘with regards to racial diversity and body diversity, there’s always room for improvement’ on the programme.
Speaking on What Day Is It? podcast, Monata was quizzed about how progressive Love Island is.
She admitted: ‘I feel like, as a mixed race person, you’re always in a minority, especially on a show like that. It’s not something that I necessarily thought of while I was in the show.
Making history: The programme has featured bisexual contestants in the past, including Megan Barton-Hanson, Katie Salmon and the late Sophie Gradon (pictured together in 2016)
‘I’ve had quite a privileged upbringing. I grew up in quite a white area so I’ve always been in the minority anyway. So it’s something that I didn’t feel uncomfortable with.
‘But I definitely think with regards to racial diversity and body diversity there’s always room for improvement.’
In April, it was claimed that producers were reportedly accepting gay contestants for this year’s upcoming series.
Despite the claims, a representative for ITV told MailOnline: ‘Our only stipulation for applicants on Love Island is that they are over 18, single and looking for love.’
Slammed: Love Island has previously been slammed by fans, and previous contestants – including Montana Brown, pictured, for lack of different ethnic backgrounds, body types and members of the LGBT community represented on the show
On including versatile couples, executive producer Richard Cowles previously said: ‘You are trying to create couples. It is not impossible and it is not something that we shy away from… but there is a logistical element which makes it difficult.’
The programme has featured bisexual contestants in the past, including Megan Barton-Hanson, Katie Salmon and the late Sophie Gradon – who became the show’s same-sex pairing in 2016.
Series 7 of the popular ITV2 show is thought to be kicking off on June 28th 2021, with builders recently being seen working at the Majorcan villa usually used for the show.
This year’s show also features a new tag line, ‘this is not a drill’, which has been seen in all of the teasers shared on social media so far ahead of the show finally returning after last year’s season was postponed due to the pandemic.
Important: In March, Montana, 25, called for greater diversity and insisted it is ‘unhealthy for people to just see size 8s chomping around in their bikinis’ (pictured on the show in 2017)
Only recently host Laura Whitmore has been ramping up the excitement by sharing promo clips to Instagram.
ITV have yet to make an official announcement about where the dating show will be filmed, though a source recently told The Sun: ‘Love Island bosses are determined to return to the villa this summer and have worked hard to make it happen.
‘Although they are confident the series will go ahead in the original location, there are still concerns over rules suddenly changing. However, at the moment it’s looking good.’
Signs are also on the site, according to eyewitnesses, speculating coronavirus safety measures.
Not long! Series 7 of the popular ITV2 show is thought to be kicking off on June 28th 2021, with builders recently being seen working at the Majorcan villa usually used for the show and host Laura Whitmore sharing promo clips
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez recently confirmed that British holidaymakers can enter the country, which is currently on the government’s amber list, meaning the travel obstacles for the show have been lifted.
Contracts for this year’s Love Island did have Majorca written into them, although back-up options, such as Jersey and Cornwall, were on the table in case Covid travel restrictions meant Spain was off-limits.
Sanchez said at trade fair Fitur in Madrid: ‘I am pleased to inform you that the ministerial order will be officially published today exempting citizens from the UK from temporary restrictions on non-essential trips to Spain.
‘I can therefore announce that from next Monday the 24th of May we will be delighted to welcome all UK tourists.
Get ready! This year’s show features a brand new tag line, ‘this is not a drill’ as the countdown finally begins following the show being postponed last year due to the pandemic
‘They are welcome to enter our country without restrictions and without health requirements.’
The summer series of Love Island 2020 was cancelled after production found it ‘logistically impossible’ to organise the show as the pandemic raged on.
Applicants for the next series have reportedly been told they’ll have to be free for 10 weeks abroad and undergo a psychological and physical assessment.
It was previously reported that Jersey has been secured for filming this summer if production cannot take place in the show’s usual location of Mallorca.
Sources told The Sun: ‘The Channel Islands get plenty of sunshine so it makes sense to hold Love Island there if we can’t get back to Spain.’