Love Island bosses share hopes for All Stars to return every year after axing winter edition
Fans are gearing up for the launch of Love Island All Stars, with favorites including Georgia Harrison, Chris Taylor and Georgia Steel entering the villa.
And bosses of the ITV show have shared their hopes that the upcoming edition will return every year after axing the winter series for a second time.
MailOnline can exclusively reveal that the winter season of Love Island, which first aired in 2020, has been canceled due to low ratings.
Speak with The sunsaid executive producer Mike Spencer, “I would love to stay that way and do All Stars in the winter and the regular series with new Islanders in the summer.
‘The two series feel different. That’s what we have to do as producers, we have to make sure the format feels different and that it doesn’t feel like the same Love Island series again.”
Love Island bosses have shared their hopes that the upcoming All Stars series will return every year after axing the winter edition for a second time (All Stars cast pictured with Maya Jama)
ITV bosses had previously hoped Maya Jama would reverse the winter series’ declining ratings, but despite the presenter’s popularity, the South African-filmed show failed to resonate with viewers on the same scale as it did during the summer.
The first winter series aired in 2020 but was canceled until this year when Maya, 28, took over from former presenter Laura Whitmore, 38.
TV insiders later confirmed to MailOnline that the winter series would be replaced by the All Stars season, which will feature Love Island contestants from previous shows filmed not only in Britain, but also in the US and Australia.
The cast of Love Island All Stars was announced on Monday and exes Liberty Poole and Jake Cornish will come face to face for an on-screen reunion on the show.
Liberty, 24, and Jake, 26, were originally favorites to win the seventh series of Love Island but split and left the show just days before the final after Movie Night revelations turned their romance upside down.
During her All Stars casting, Liberty admitted it could be “awkward” to run into an ex-boyfriend in the South African villa ahead of her personal reunion with Jake.
They aren’t the only exes set to reunite as Toby Aromolaran and Kaz Kamwi – who were a couple on the show in 2021 before he moved on with Chloe Burrows – both return to Love Island for a second chance at love.
Other show legends returning to the iconic Love Island villa include Georgia Harrison, who has her eye on Barbie star Chris Taylor, Hannah Elizabeth, Demi Jones and Luis Morrison.
They had previously hoped that Maya Jama would reverse the declining ratings of the winter series (host Maya Jama in the photo)
Meanwhile, Tom Clare is said to be ‘in talks’ to step in as the second bombshell after he was spotted heading to the South African villa earlier this week.
The former footballer, 24, who was a finalist in last year’s winter series, was spotted by holidaymakers on a flight to South Africa, hinting at a possible return to the upcoming series as a latecomer.
And a TV source told MailOnline that Tom has been in talks with ITV ahead of the exciting new series.
The influencer also posted two photos to his Instagram Story on Monday to possibly avoid the idea that he is away, as ITV bosses lifted the contestants’ social media ban for the upcoming series.
Love Island All Stars launches Monday January 15 at 9pm on ITV1, ITV2, ITVX and STV.