Connie Evans, PA Entertainment Reporter
There will be two series of Love Island in 2023, ITV has announced.
The eighth series of the hit dating show is currently airing on ITV2, with contestants in the Love Island villa in Majorca.
It has been confirmed that Love Island will return in the new year with a fresh batch of islanders heading to South Africa to find love.
2023 is officially the year of Love, as ITV and Lifted Entertainment (part of ITV Studios) announce two new series of Love Island, coming to @ITV2 and @ITVX in the New Year.
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— ITV Press Centre (@itvpresscentre) June 23, 2022
The show will also run in the summer of 2023 as usual, with contestants spending eight weeks in a villa in Majorca.
ITV previously aired a winter series of the show in January 2020, which saw islanders live in a villa in Cape Town, South Africa
Paige Turley and Finley Tapp won the series, scooping the £50,000 (€58,000) prize money.
The show’s current series, airing on ITV2, launched to a consolidated five million viewers across all devices, according to ITV, making it the biggest launch since 2019.
Consolidated data from ITV has now shown that Love Island is the biggest programme of the year so far for the 16-34 demographic.
Since its relaunch in 2015 – the show previously ran for two series in 2005 and 2006 – the show has produced a number of long-term couples, with four weddings and seven babies among them.
Speaking about the plan for two series in 2023, director of reality commissioning and controller for ITV2 Paul Mortimer said: “Love Island has once again proved itself to be the nation’s favourite talking point across the summer, and we’re always blown away by the show’s ongoing impact and talkability amongst our younger audience.
“So, rather than just serving up a summer of love, we thought we’d make 2023 the year of love with two full series of the show.”
The show is currently hosted by Laura Whitmore and narrated by her husband, Iain Stirling.
On the impact of the show, series two contestant Olivia Buckland said: “Love Island changed every aspect of our life. From meeting someone, to falling in love, to getting married and having a baby on the way and completely changing our careers.
“The experience opened up so many new and different doors, as well as so many new experiences for Alex and I. The best part was obviously meeting each other and now having a baby!
“The experience has changed us both as people and has given us such an individual life experience.”
Buckland (28) met her now husband Alex Bowen on the show in 2016 and the pair recently welcomed their first child Abel.
The two new series will air on ITV2 and ITVX – ITV’s new streaming platform – in 2023.