Love Island Pies Off Winter In First Look Trailer At January Series

Love Island has officially told winter to “do one” in the first trailer for the upcoming series. 

ITV bosses have given fans a tantalising look at the first-ever January run of the hit reality show, and it promises to send temperatures soaring during the UK’s coldest month. 

The promo sees narrator Iain Stirling calling out the British winter for being “just rain, sleet, drizzle, repeat”, before telling it to “take your frostbite and stick it where the sun don’t shine”.

As a group of young, hot singles party at a luxury villa, he says: “This year, our heads have been turned. We’ll be covering ourselves in glitter and dancing round the firepit – and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

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Host Caroline Flack is then seen strutting down the villa driveway as she arrives at the party.

“Sorry winter, you’re just not our type,” she adds. 

Love Island producers announced the show was going to air two series in 2020 prior to the end of last summer’s run. 

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The fifth series – which saw Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea crowned winners – was the most successful yet, breaking ratings records for ITV2 with an average of nearly six million people tuning in.

ITV’s head of digital channels, Paul Mortimer, said at the time: “Off the back of a record-breaking year, we’re delighted to be bringing an extra series of our biggest and sunniest show to the 2020 schedule. 

“Love Island has proven yet again to be the perfect format that engages younger audiences. In response to this viewer appetite, a new batch of young singletons will deliver some highly anticipated post-Christmas romance and drama from our new and luxurious location.”

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The new series will take place in a brand new villa in South Africa – where the short-lived reality show Survival Of The Fittest was also set – while the second run of the year is expected to return to its usual location in Mallorca.

Love Island returns to ITV2 in January with an exact air date expected in due course. 

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'Playing It Straight'

It all seemed like a bit of a laugh at the time, but in hindsight, a reality series based entirely around whether you can guess if a group of men are gay or straight is guilty of perpetuating stereotypes at best and outright homophobic at worst.

'There's Something About Miriam'

Of course, that's nothing compared to Sky's 'There's Something About Miriam', during which the titular Miriam chose a match from a variety of suitors, only to drop the bombshell at the end that she is transgender.

The men in question played along on camera, but prior to the series' airdate, they collectively tried to sue Sky, alleging conspiracy to commit sexual assault, defamation, breach of contract, and personal injury in the form of psychological and emotional damage.

Wow.

'I Wanna Marry Harry'

The premise of this completely ridiculous show was that a group of women were flown to the UK, where they competed for the affections of a man they were led to believe was Prince Harry.

As you can see, the man in question was not Prince Harry, but a rather dubious lookalike. As the contestants figured out fairly quickly.

Eventual winner Kimberly Birch later hit out at the show, claiming the girls were manipulated into thinking they were just being paranoid when they voiced their doubts to producers, who even went as far as urging them to speak to a fake therapist for reassurance.

Surprisingly dark, for a seemingly frivolous dating show based around the fact that "marry" rhymes with "Harry".

'Baggage'

A dating show (for some reason hosted by Gok Wan) that revolved around contestants putting their worst foot forward, by exposing their most annoying habits and airing their dirty laundry.

We can't think why this didn't work, tbh.

'The X Effect'

The premise of this bizarre American show is that a couple would be treated to a luxury weekend for two. The only downside? You have to spend it with your ex, rather than your current partner.

At the end of the show, both halves of the pair choose whether to stick with their current partner or return to their ex.

Brutal, but admittedly we'd probably tune in if they made a British version.

'Man O Man'

This '90s show gave the female contestants all the power.

Each round, they'd be presented with a line-up of men, and if they didn't like what they saw... they pushed them in a swimming pool behind them.

A simple - but no doubt satisfying - format.

'The Cougar'

Exactly what it sounds like, but what was particularly special about this was show was the way the eponymous cougar would whittle down her suitors.

The "Kiss-Off" would see Stacey Anderson, the cougar in question, kiss a hopeful either on the lips or cheek, depending on whether she wanted him to stay or go.

Biblical.

'Married By America'

Sort of a 'Married At First Sight'-meets-'American Idol' affair, viewers at home paired up the couples, who then immediately became engaged, via a public vote.

They then moved to a ranch for a three-week period, where they were eliminated one by one. Eventually, none of the couples chose to follow through with their engagement and actually tie the knot, rendering the whole thing totally pointless.

Money well spent.

'The Littlest Groom'

After just two episodes, and a whoooole lot of negative reaction from viewers, 'The Littlest Groom' - centering around 4'5" Glen Foster looking for love - was cancelled in 2004.

'Chains Of Love'

As the title suggests, this show revolved around one 'Picker', who found themselves chained to four prospective dates for four straight days (all at the same time) while cameras filmed their every move.

Each night, the so-called 'Picker' would cut one perspective date, with whom they would then share a hefty cash prize.

'The Ultimate Merger'

A show that saw 'Apprentice' US star Omarosa on the lookout for The One. To help her is everyone's favourite matchmaker, Donald Trump, who helped choose her initial shortlist.

Because who would you want playing Cupid more than the always-tasteful Mr Rational himself, Donald J Trump?

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