If you're anything like us, then you're enjoying every second of Love Island now it's back on our screens. We are only in week three and are already obsessed with the hilarious memes, Davide's one liners and hurricane Ekin-Su - TV gold!
This year, we're all being treated to ten weeks of Love Island, a whole two weeks longer than last year's series. And if that's still not enough for you, then worry not, as Winter Love Island is officially making a return in January 2023 - rejoice! Yep. We're not joking. There is even more Love Island for us to get stuck into.
The winter edition has now been given the green light by ITV. Mike Spencer, Executive Producer at Lifted Entertainment, said 'After eight brilliant series, we are excited to be serving up two helpings of love in 2023 by kicking off in January at a stunning new villa in South Africa. We can look forward to more romances, bromances and everything in between as we embark on another epic year of love.'
The inaugural Winter Love Island happened back in 2019, and fans will remember that Paige Turley and Finley Tapp were crowned the winners. (Perhaps the most iconic moment in the series, however, was Shaughna Phillips' 'congrats, hun'.) But due to the coronavirus pandemic – lockdown happened just weeks after the Winter Love Island final – the series was later scrapped by bosses.
'Love Island bosses enjoyed the one and only series of Winter Love Island, but it was just before the pandemic raged so was shelved for 2021,' a source told The Sun. 'When they started casting for this summer’s series they thought there’s definitely enough talent to do a second series again so have started the plans for a 2023 Winter Love Island.'
The last winter series took place in South Africa – as opposed to the usual summer location of Majorca – and was on screen for six weeks. We know the islanders will be heading back to South Africa but no word yet on how long it would be for.
ITV have also already confirmed the 2023 summer series too. So, we can look forward to a double serving of love, bombshells and drama next year