Love Island bosses have reportedly drafted a Covid contingency plan in an effort to be ready for any possibility leading up to the 2021 series.
Executives are thought to be ‘planning the worst’ and have found a villa in Jersey that they could use if current plans to return to sunny Mallorca are to be ditched.
A source said The sun: ‘After what we’ve been through in the past year, they don’t take anything for granted. Their motto is: hope for the best, plan for the worst.
Prepared: Love Island bosses have reportedly drafted a Covid contingency plan in an effort to be ready for any possibility ahead of the 2021 series (Amber Gill can be seen in the 2019 series)
Every eventuality has been addressed and planned – including a third wave. But the general feeling is that Mallorca is an opportunity. ‘
MailOnline has contacted ITV for further comment.
If the hit dating show is eventually filmed in Jersey, the cast may have to deal with a noticeably different set-up, especially with the weather.
The average June temperature in Mallorca is 26 ° C compared to 18 ° C on the Channel Island which means that while it’s still warm enough for sunbathing, the cast may not be as warm when lounging by the pool or pulling each other for a chat.
Just in case: Executives are thought to be ‘planning the worst’ and have already found a Jersey villa they could use if Majorca’s plans are called off (Saint Aubin, Jersey shown)
TV bosses should also consider some internal roles for the cast, as Jersey has three times the rainfall in June than Mallorca.
However, they have some experience in terms of weather, as the cast of the South Africa series also complained about it being cold on time.
Speak with Deadline On Love Island’s 2021 series last week, ITV’s Kevin Lygo said: “ It was a challenge during the winter in South Africa.
‘The weather wasn’t great and they were pretty cold and it wasn’t sunny every day. You just have to adapt. When we did Big Brother in the summer there were days when they were all out in the garden sunbathing and then it rained a little bit and they were all inside.
Going back? The show is usually filmed in a villa (pictured) near Sant Llorenç des Cardassar on the Spanish island, but UK locations including Jersey and Devon were tipped for 2021
Island destinations: the average temperature in June in Mallorca (right) is 26 ° C, compared to 18 ° C on the Channel Island (left)
New Challenges: TV bosses may also need to come up with some indoor cast jobs as Jersey won’t be as hot in June compared to Mallorca (photo of the girls in the 2019 series)
‘You need more stoves in the area [outdoor] beds and producers need to be more inventive with tasks and games. ‘
It has been a year of adaptation for TV shows, with many introducing new precautions and rules to reduce the risk of Covid.
Although mostly filmed in a villa near Sant Llorenç des Cardassar on the Spanish island, several UK locations including Jersey, Cornwall and Devon were tipped for the Love Island 2021 season.
And on Monday, it was reported that Love Island will be returning to Mallorca for this year’s series of the show, with a backup cast also being flown out as another precaution.
A Love Island representative told MailOnline at the time, “We are currently unable to confirm locations for the upcoming Love Island series.”
Love Island 2020’s summer series was canceled after production found it “ logistically impossible ” to host the show as the pandemic raged.
Moving forward: It was reported on Monday that Love Island will be returning to Mallorca for this year’s series of the show (some of the 2019 cast pictured in the Majorcan villa)
Candidates for the next series have reportedly been told that they must be off for 10 weeks abroad and undergo a psychological and physical assessment.
Sexual health screening and an unannounced drug test will also be required, and the cast will have to indicate whether they are living with someone who is clinically vulnerable, the publication said.
Bosses will also ask contestants about their mental health history and for permission to contact their primary care physician and in another move to help them on the show.
It was previously reported that Jersey will be insured for filming this summer if production cannot take place at the show’s usual location, Mallorca.
A source had told The mirror Earlier in March, bosses hoped that Jersey will be blessed with warm weather this summer as Love Island filming takes place on the picturesque island.
They said, “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.”
Take no chances: TV bosses are thought to have provided an extra cast to fly out and quarantine in May like the main set of singletons as a Covid precaution (photo, the 2018 cast)
A Love Island representative declined to comment when approached by MailOnline at the time.
And it comes despite reports last month saying Love Island bosses had considered Devon and Cornwall as alternative filming locations.
A source said The sun when various locations were examined to see whether travel restrictions still applied in the summer.
They said, ‘Cornwall has been chosen, as well as Torquay, the Isles of Scilly and even Barry Island, where Gavin and Stacey were filmed.
ITV bosses are also worried about fan backlash against the show if contestants are allowed to leave for work reasons, but the rest of the country is still at home.
And according to host Laura Whitmore, the popular reality show has been inundated with applicants, “ the most they’ve ever had, ” as she praised the casting team as “ brilliant, ” saying they were looking for “ amazing personalities ” similar to Maura Higgins. .
In February, it was reported that bosses are on the hunt for ‘brains and brawn’ as they would like to include a key worker in the lineup due to the recognition.
NHS physician Alex George, 29, and pharmacist Anna Vakili, 30, were both hits with viewers after appearing on the dating show’s fourth series in 2018.
Dr. Alex has worked tirelessly on the front lines during the pandemic and was recently hired by Boris Johnson as a youth mental health ambassador after speaking out after his brother’s death last year.
The new series is rumored to be the ‘biggest in history’ as excited ITV bosses prepare for its highly anticipated comeback later this year.
In Search of Love: Bosses have been reported to be on the hunt for ‘brains and brawn’ as they are eager to include a key worker in the lineup (photo Dr Alex George in 2018)