When Does Winter Love Island Start? 2020 Launch Date Confirmed By ITV

19 December 2019, 16:29 | Updated: 19 December 2019, 16:31

The Love Island winter series has released its trailer and fans cannot wait for the start date! Here’s everything you need to know from Cape Town setting to Caroline Flack’s verdict.

Winter Love Island's start date is just a matter of weeks away now so as we settle into winter, the only thing any of us really care about is when is winter Love Island on, the rumoured cast and of course, the Cape Town setting.

Having dropped the Love Island winter trailer, we can officially confirm the start date as 12 January 2020, meaning once Christmas is over we still have the villa excitement to look forward to.

Just over a month away from the show's return, ITV teased the programme during an I'm A Celeb advert break, showing an aeroplane flying through the sky with the banner: "Do one, winter."

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When is winter Love Island on?

Love Island's 2020 winter series will officially begin on 12 January on ITV2.

January is one of the most depressing and dark months of the year, so no doubt everyone will be rushing home to flick the TV on in the New Year!

The summer series airs every day apart from Saturday nights on ITV2 and, fortunately, there's only a one hour time difference between the UK and South Africa!

Caroline Flack has officially stepped down as the presenter of Love Island
Caroline Flack has officially stepped down as the presenter of Love Island. Picture: Caroline Flack/Instagram

Will Caroline Flack present winter Love Island?

Caroline Flack was forced to quit hosting the show after being arrested in mid December following a fall out with her boyfriend Lewis.

The 40-year-old, who has presented the hit dating show for four years, posted a lengthy statement on Instagram insisting she is stepping down ‘in order to not detract from the upcoming series’.

Where is Winter Love Island set?

The winter series of Love Island is heading out of Europe for the very first time, as the show needs those all important rays for the contestants to show off their tanned and extremely toned bikini bods – so the ITV2 show is headed out to Cape Town in South Africa.

It was reported the show's bosses were urged to re-think the far-flung new location as a 'crime spike' was putting people off applying and bringing the safety of the crew into question, although nothing has been said by ITV on the matter.

Can you still apply to be on winter Love Island?

Applications for the winter show closed on 30 November, but if you missed the chance, applications for the summer 2020 series will reopen in a matter of months.

The 2020 winter series will reportedly have a smaller cast than the summer line-up.

Love Island winter's rumoured contestants

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plotting for this last quarter 🔋⚡️

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One person hit the headlines as a 'confirmed' contestant way back in September, although he hasn't spoken out to confirm or deny this.

Ellis Iyayi, a model and personal trainer from Loughborough, who is currently based in Leeds, is said to have met with the show's producers on multiple occasions and has been 'sworn to secrecy' about the potential casting.

He studied Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Beckett University and as a signed model has worked for some enormous brands including ASOS and Nike, boasting thousands of Instagram followers already.

Charles Drury

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Need another weekend away to relax💆🏽‍♂️

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Another rumoured islander is model Charles Drury, who is thought to be of interest to producers after a brief rumoured fling with Katie Price.

According to the tabloids he was approached for a previous series but was seeing someone at the time, so ITV apparently asked him to re-audition for he upcoming series.

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