Love Island bosses 'plan to reunite the cast for special episodes
Love Island bosses are planning to host reunion specials after the summer series was cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports.
It is thought that some of the show's best-loved stars will meet face-to-face once again but will this time be based in the UK.
A source told The Sun: 'ITV were gutted about pulling the plug on Love Island. It's one of their most popular shows and also a huge commercial success.
'It just wasn't feasible to go off to Mallorca and shoot at the villa, but this is a great way to get the show on air and give fans something to tide them over before it can return properly.
'Hopefully, the best-remembered names will agree to take part as it would be brilliant to see how they get on a few years later after so much has gone on in their lives.
'It could rekindle romantic feelings but it could also just start a load of old rows, especially as there have been a lot of messy break-ups and friendship changes.'
It is thought that those among the favourites to appear at the reunion will be Paige Turley, Dani Dyer, Amber Gill, Olivia Attwood, Kem Cetinay, Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague.
It comes after ITV bosses pulled the plug on the summer series of the reality show having said it was a logistical impossibility to safeguard 'the wellbeing of everyone involved' amid the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic.
Fans were assured the dating programme, which was due to begin filming in June, will be back 'stronger than ever in 2021'.
Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV, said at the time: 'We have tried every which way to make Love Island this summer but logistically it's just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the wellbeing of everyone involved and that for us is the priority.
'In normal circumstances we would be preparing very soon to travel out to the location in Mallorca to get the villa ready but clearly that’s now out of the question.
'We are very sorry for fans of the show but making it safely is our prime concern and Love Island will be back stronger than ever in 2021. In the meantime Love Island fans can still enjoy all six series of Love Island on BritBox.'
Host Laura Whitmore weighed in on the cancellation, saying it was the right decision.
She tweeted: 'Like with a lot of things because of restrictions with travel, social distancing and unable to plan ahead, Love Island is postponed until 2021.
'Great news is that there have been more applications then any other series! Next year is going to be BIG. Stay safe.'
It was claimed that ITV2 is struggling to get insurance to be filmed in Mallorca amid the outbreak.
It was initially reported that bosses were considering asking its stars to isolate for two weeks before filming starts this summer, but without insurance production was shut down completely.