Love Island has had “more signups than ever” with more than 1,000 singletons already interviewed during the show’s current selection process for the 2021 series.
ITV commissioner, Amanda Stavri, teased the upcoming series in a new interview, revealing that the team are all ‘very happy’ with the potential line-up.
Speak with Radio Times, the Love Island boss said: “There are more applications than ever. They returned it and we are all very satisfied.
Exciting: Love Island has had ‘more signups than ever’ with more than 1,000 singles already interviewed during the show’s current selection process for the 2021 series (2019 lineup pictured)
“We’ve got a big kind of pool at the moment and we have to sort of figure out who to put in the opening lineup and who to hold back, you know like a bomb – we need the bombshells.”
Elsewhere during the interview, the ITV commissioner promised that the line-up for 2021 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 criticized by fans and past contestants for the lack of diverse ethnic backgrounds, body types, and members of the LGBT community represented on the show.
‘Very satisfied’! ITV commissioner, Amanda Stavri, teased the upcoming series in a new interview, revealing that the team are all ‘very happy’ with the potential line-up (hostess Laura Whitmore pictured)
The ITV commissioner added: ‘As far as gay islanders go, I think the biggest challenge is Love Island’s format. There’s a kind of logistical difficulty, because while islanders don’t have to be 100 percent straight, the format has to give a little bit [the] Islanders an equal choice when docking.’
Stavri pointed out that spin-off shows, like The Cabins, have a lot more “sexual diversity” because the format doesn’t have as many “limitations” as Love Island, adding: “So we’re very aware of that in our programming on ITV and dating series.’
In March 2017, contestant Montana Brown called for more diversity on Love Island, stressing that it’s “unhealthy for people to see size 8s scurrying around in their bikinis.”
Line-up: Elsewhere in the interview, the ITV commissioner promised the 2021 line-up will be ‘diverse and inclusive’ (members from 2018 line-up pictured)
The swimwear brand’s 25-year-old owner also stated, “I want to see more people of color,” concluding that “with regard to racial and body diversity, there is always room for improvement” on the program.
Speaking what day is it? podcast, Monata was questioned about how progressive Love Island is.
She admitted, “I feel like as a mixed race you’re always outnumbered, especially on a show like that. It’s not something I necessarily thought about when I was on the show.
Making history: The program has historically featured bisexual contestants, including Megan Barton-Hanson, Katie Salmon and the late Sophie Gradon (pictured together in 2016)
‘I had a fairly privileged upbringing. I grew up in a pretty white area, so I’ve always been in the minority anyway. So it’s something I wasn’t uncomfortable with.
“But I definitely think in terms of racial and body diversity there is always room for improvement.”
In April it was claimed that producers are said to be accepting gay contestants for this year’s upcoming series.
Despite the claims, an ITV representative told MailOnline: ‘Our only requirement for applicants on Love Island is that they are over 18, single and looking for love.’
Slammed: Love Island has been slammed by fans and past contestants before — including Montana Brown, pictured, for lack of diverse ethnic backgrounds, body types and members of the LGBT community represented on the show
About recording versatile couples, executive producer Richard Cowles previously said, “You try to create couples. It’s not impossible and it’s not something we shy away from… but there’s a logistical element that makes it difficult.’
The program has historically featured bisexual contestants, including Megan Barton-Hanson, Katie Salmon and the late Sophie Gradon – who became the show’s gay couple in 2016.
Series 7 of the popular ITV2 show is expected to start on June 28, 2021, with builders recently at work on the Majorcan villa usually used for the show.
This year’s show also has a new tagline, “this is not an exercise,” which can be seen in all the teasers shared on social media thus far before the show finally returns after last year’s season was postponed due to the pandemic. .
Important: In March 2017, contestant Montana, 25, called for more diversity on Love Island, stressing that it’s “unhealthy for people to see size 8s scurrying around in their bikinis” (pictured in the show in 2017)
Only recently has host Laura Whitmore ramped up the excitement by sharing promo clips on Instagram.
ITV has not yet made an official announcement about where the dating show will be filmed, although a source recently told The Sun: ‘Love Island bosses are determined to return to the villa this summer and have been working hard to make it possible to make.
While they are confident the series will continue in its original location, there are still concerns about sudden rules changing. At the moment, however, things are looking good.’
According to eyewitnesses, there are also signs on the site speculating about safety measures against the coronavirus.
Not long! Series 7 of the popular ITV2 show is expected to start on 28 June 2021, with builders recently working on 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 orange list, meaning travel barriers to the show have been lifted.
This year’s Love Island contracts did write Mallorca, though back-up options, such as Jersey and Cornwall, were on the table in case travel restrictions by Covid resulted in Spain being off-limits.
Sanchez said at the Fitur trade fair in Madrid: “I am pleased to inform you that the ministerial decision will be officially published today, exempting UK citizens from temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to Spain.
That is why I can announce that from next Monday 24 May we are delighted to welcome all British tourists.
Get ready! This year’s show has a brand new tagline, ‘this is not an exercise’, as the countdown finally begins after the show was postponed last year due to the pandemic
“They are welcome to enter our country without restrictions and without health requirements.”
Love Island’s 2020 summer series was canceled after production found it “logistically impossible” to host the show as the pandemic continued.
Candidates for the next series have reportedly been told to take 10 weeks off work abroad and undergo a psychological and physical assessment.
It was previously reported that Jersey is insured for shooting this summer if production cannot take place at the show’s usual location, Mallorca.
Sources told The sun: ‘The Channel Islands get a lot of sun, so it makes sense to keep Love Island there if we can’t get back to Spain.’