ITV announces start date for Love Island 2021

The new series of Love Island will begin on June 28, ITV has announced.

The news was confirmed on Wednesday’s episode of This Morning by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

In the style of the show, they received a text confirming the news, which read: “Love Island is back! Monday 28th June 9pm, ITV2 and ITV Hub.”

It finished with the hashtags #ThisIsNotADrill and #CrackOn, the Mirror report.

Holly said: “This is exciting isn’t it? Brilliant!”

This year’s series will once again be hosted by Laura Whitmore, and it will be the first time the ITV programme has aired since February 2020 after last year’s summer series was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The location of the show, which is usually filmed in a villa in Majorca, is yet to be announced.

There’s new merch for this year too.

The old bottles were clear plastic with the Islanders’ names on, and for 2021 they have a white matte finish, but still personalised.

There are also white personalised suitcases on sale, which the contestants will be bringing to the villa.

Love Island contestants will be offered “a minimum of eight therapy sessions” on their return home from appearing in the series, ITV has said.



This year’s series will once again be hosted by Laura Whitmore

All contestants involved in the ITV2 reality TV series will also receive training on the impact of social media and “how to handle potential negativity”, as well as training on financial management.

The measures are part of ITV’s duty of care protocols announced ahead of the seventh series starting on June 28.

Among the processes detailed for all contributors on Love Island are “comprehensive psychological support”, “detailed conversations on the impact of participation on the show” and a “proactive aftercare package”, the broadcaster said.

ITV has also detailed pre-filming and filming, as well as aftercare processes for contestants.

Pre-filming stipulations include contestants “disclosing any medical history” that would be relevant to their time in the villa, as well as the “managing of expectations of the cast”.

Aftercare procedures also include “proactive contact with Islanders for a period of 14 months after the series in which they have appeared has ended, with additional help provided where applicable”.

Dr Paul Litchfield, who was appointed by ITV in 2018 when it launched a review of Love Island’s participant welfare processes, said: “Society’s appreciation of the importance of mental health and wellbeing has grown enormously in recent years and the pandemic has brought that into even sharper focus.

“Reducing the risk of harm, where possible, is an imperative but promoting good mental health is also necessary. ITV’s evolving commitment to these issues, backed up by tangible action, is an example to others in the industry and beyond.”

The new series will air on ITV 2 and ITV Hub.