Love Island bosses 'inundated with 100,000 applications for 2021'

Love Island bosses ‘inundated with 100,000 applications for 2021’… as new series is tipped to be the ‘biggest in history’

Love Island bosses have reportedly been swamped with over 100,000 applications from contestants for the upcoming 2021 series.

The popular ITV2 show, hosted by Laura Whitmore, has not aired since February 2020 after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

And it seems contestants are clambering for some fun in the sun as they apply for the show in their droves, amid reports that this year’s show is set to be the ‘biggest in history’. 

It’s back! Love Island bosses have reportedly been swamped with over 100,000 applications from contestants for the upcoming 2021 series. (host Laura Whitmore pictured on the show in January) 

Applications for Love Island opened at the start of this year, with islanders to enter a Covid-secure set in Mallorca in July. 

And despite applications only opening a few weeks ago, the casting team have been left ‘shocked’ after being inundated with requests from hopefuls.

A source told The Sun: ‘The casting team have been shocked by the amount of contestant applications they’ve received and impressed with the standard.

‘They can’t wait to start remotely screen-testing their favourites over the next few months.’

Missed: The popular ITV2 show, hosted by Laura Whitmore, has not aired since February 2020 after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic

They continued: ‘Producers reckon it’s because youngsters have been stuck at home, getting cabin fever and know the show is a one-way ticket to success.’

The show is tipped to be a ‘ratings winner’ added the source, stating that it’s because there’s been ‘very few’ new TV shows  been made at the moment amid the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the 2021 series of Love Island is rumoured to be the ‘biggest in history’ as excited ITV bosses gear up for the highly anticipated comeback this summer.

It’s said that producers are optimistic that plans can go ahead for the series in July and August, with  strict safety provisions in place in the villa.

New series: it seems contestants are clambering for some fun in the sun as they apply for the show in their droves, amid reports that this year’s show is set to be the ‘biggest in history’

According to the Daily Star, producers have taken inspiration from huge shows including Dancing On Ice and Strictly Come Dancing, which have managed to go ahead amid Covid-19 restrictions.

A source told the publication: ‘Everyone is keen to make this happen. Strictly and Dancing On Ice have happened against the odds and they’re determined that Love Island can do the same.’

Detailing how they’ll plan to film abroad, the insider added: ‘Producers are aware that international travel will still be restricted, so they are having to plan around that. It is likely they will need to quarantine all contestants.’

Keen: Despite applications only opening a few weeks ago, the casting team have been left ‘shocked’ after being inundated with requests from hopefuls 

Success? ‘Producers reckon it’s because youngsters have been stuck at home, getting cabin fever and know the show is a one-way ticket to success’ 

They went on to say that bosses are taking precautions with plans to fly out ‘three times as many contestants’ than the usual amount just in case some ‘fall ill’.

Teasing a bumper of a show, the source added: ‘Discussions around the budget are happening. It’s definitely going to be the biggest in show history.’   

Representatives for Love Island declined to comment when approached by MailOnline.  

It comes after ITV shared they were on the hunt for a new crop of islanders as they invited singletons to apply for a place in the villa at the beginning of the month.

Host Laura Whitmore, 35, also shared an ad for the application on her Instagram Stories. 

Big comeback: Meanwhile, the 2021 series of Love Island is rumoured to be the ‘biggest in history’ as excited ITV bosses gear up for the highly anticipated comeback this summer’

Bring it on: : ‘Discussions around the budget are happening. It’s definitely going to be the biggest in show history’ (pictured narrator Iain Stirling)

The ad read: ‘Calling all new islanders, fancy a long hot summer?’

The casting website then sprung to life and read: ‘ITV2 are looking for vibrant singles from across the UK who are searching for love! 

‘Our Islanders spend time in a luxury villa in the hope of finding love, but to remain in paradise they must win the hearts of the public and their fellow Islanders, who ultimately decide their fate on Love Island.

‘If you think you’ve got what it takes, then we want to hear from you!’ 

Applications: It comes after ITV shared they were on the hunt for a new crop of islanders as they invited singletons to apply for a place in the villa at the beginning of the month

The eligibility requirements for the show are broad with applicants having to be over 18 and not related to anyone working for ITV.

They must also hold a valid passport and be available for a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks to film the show. 

Applicants must then upload a short video of themselves explaining why they would make a good islander and send a headshot and full length photos of themselves. 

Hopefuls will have their work cut out for them if they want to make it to the villa as it was previously revealed only six Islanders on the 2019 series actually applied to be on the show.

Despite 85,000 people applying for a spot, people only had a 0.007% chance of getting onto the show through the application process.

Delay: The show has not aired since February of 2020 after plans to air the programme twice a year were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic (Winter Love Island winners Paige Turley and Finn Tapp pictured in February with host Laura) 

According to The Mirror, Amy Hart, Michael Griffiths, Ovie Soko and Joe Garratt, all applied via these channels.

Meanwhile, Curtis Pritchard and Tommy Fury both had agents who helped to get them on the show.

Love Island 2019 winners Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea did not apply for the show and were instead scouting by producers. 

In written evidence for the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee report, ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall said: ‘On series five of Love Island to date (15 July), there have been 36 contributors. 

’24 were found and cast by the programme’s casting team, six were put forward by professional agents, and six came through the general application.’

Oh dear: Love Island 2019 winners Amber and Greg DIDN’T apply to be on the show as it was revealed only six of the Islanders were chosen through the general application process

Love Island: A DCMS eport has found that only 16% of 36 Islanders on series five were chosen through the application process… (the rest were cast by the team or professional agents)

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