EXCLUSIVE: Love Island bosses refuse to cancel summer series and hope to launch a month later in July as casting crew continue to approach potential islanders despite coronavirus fears
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Love Island bosses are refusing to cancel the summer series and hope to launch the show a month later in July – despite coronavirus fears.
Producers are still making all the usual preparations for Love Island to go ahead, including approaching potential islanders such as Scottish model Adam Rhazali, 19.
A TV source exclusively told MailOnline: ‘The team are still committed to the series airing this summer. The show will go on.’
‘The show must go on’: Love Island bosses are refusing to cancel the summer series and hope to launch the show a month later in July – despite coronavirus fears
‘Production on Love Island have been told the upcoming series is still scheduled to take place but the show will launch a month later in July.
‘All the usual preparations are going ahead,’ an insider added.
It was claimed this weekend that Love Island’s summer series had been ‘flung into jeopardy by the coronavirus outbreak’ and ‘plans for the ITV2 show had been delayed until after Easter.’
But Adam confirmed to MailOnline he was approached by one of the show’s casting crew via his modelling agency Wilson Model Management as recently as last Tuesday.
The 19-year-old, who already boasts 33K Instagram followers, is uncertain being a Love Island contestant is the right career move for him so may not pursue the opportunity.
Lined up: Scottish model Adam Rhazali, 19, confirmed to MailOnline he was approached by the show last Tuesday – as sources reveal bosses are working for the show to go ahead
A source continued: ‘Potential islanders are still being approached as it can take weeks to recruit the right cast.
‘Bosses are desperate for the show to remain in the hearts of viewers after the winter series was tainted with sadness following Caroline Flack’s tragic passing.
‘Final decisions will be made closer to the time but for now, it’s all systems go.’
A spokesperson for ITV declined to comment.
Last Thursday, the Prime Minister told the daily Downing Street press conference on the pandemic that the next 12 weeks could ‘turn the tide of this disease.’
Boris Johnson claimed it was possible to ‘send coronavirus packing in this country, but only if we all take the steps we have outlined,’ which gave producers further hope for the upcoming series.
‘All the usual preparations are going ahead’: Producers are still planning for the reality show to go ahead a month later in July amid advice from the government
But strict restrictions in Majorca – where the summer series of Love Island is held – have been in place since last week, which include the shutdown of all hotels and tourist accommodation.
All non-essential establishments such as cafes, bars, cinemas and concert halls have also been ordered to close as the Spanish island works to stop the spread of the virus.
According to the Health Department there have been a reported six deaths from coronavirus in Majorca.
A total number of 246 people in the Balearics have been diagnosed with Covid-19.
The summer series usually starts the first week of June and is on air for a total of eight weeks.
Close friends: Laura Whitmore took over presenting duties from Caroline Flack (pictured together in January 2019) weeks before the TV star tragically took her own life aged 40
It has been confirmed that Love Island will now run for a shortened six weeks after the first winter edition of the show was held for the same duration in South Africa.
Winter Love Island host Laura Whitmore, 34, took over presenting duties from Caroline Flack weeks before the TV star tragically took her own life aged 40.
Laura and Love Island narrator Iain Sterling, 32, were left heartbroken following Caroline’s passing, with the show paying tribute to the late presenter during the final last month.
Paige Turley, 22, and Finley Tapp, 20, won the winter series of the show in February while Amber Gill, 21, and Greg O’Shea, 24, earned the title last summer.
MailOnline revealed this month that Maura Higgins, 29, and Curtis Pritchard, 24, split, making Molly-Mae Hague, 20, and Tommy Fury, 20, the last standing couple from the 2019 show.
Champions: Paige Turley and Finley Tapp won the first winter series of Love Island in February
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