EXCLUSIVE: Love Island's debut winter series start date is REVEALED – with the show to air for two weeks LESS than previous summer seasons

  • Staff working on the show will jet off to South Africa on New Year's Day and will have a week to prepare before the anticipated launch on January 8
  • The new cast will fly out just days before the series begins, but bosses will recruit 'test Islanders' in the lead up to ensure maximum drama ensues 
  • Winter Love Island will take place in Cape Town as the popular dating series airs twice a year for the first time ever 
  • Islanders will meet in a brand new villa that has been built especially for the show, while Caroline Flack, 39, returns as host and Iain Stirling, 31, as narrator
  • In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, former Islander Amy Hart, 26, claimed the summer series will also be shortened to six weeks this year 

Love Island's debut winter series will air in the second week of January – but the show will run for two weeks less than the summer season. 

Insiders have confirmed to MailOnline that staff working on the show are jetting off to Cape Town, South Africa, on New Year's Day (January 1) and have a week to prepare before the official anticipated launch on January 8. 

The new cast will fly out just days before the series begins, but bosses will recruit 'test Islanders' in the lead up to ensure they know the best places to create maximum drama. 

Coming soon: Love Island's debut winter series will air the second week of January but the show will run for two weeks less than the summer season (pictured, Molly-Mae Hague)

Coming soon: Love Island's debut winter series will air the second week of January but the show will run for two weeks less than the summer season (pictured, Molly-Mae Hague)

A TV source told MailOnline: 'The new Winter Love Island will launch the second week of January. 

'Bosses are still deciding on the final date but it is thought to be January 8 – a week after staff arrive in South Africa. 

'It has been decided that the show will run for six weeks instead of the usual eight.  

'The new cast of singletons fly out just days before the launch but bosses work with test Islanders to uncover the best spots in the villa to create drama.' 

Winter Love Island will take place in Cape Town as the popular dating series airs twice a year for the first time ever. 

Jetting off: TV insiders confirmed to MailOnline that staff working on the series will fly to South Africa on New Year's Day and have one week to prepare for the grand launch

Jetting off: TV insiders have confirmed to MailOnline that staff working on the series will fly to South Africa on New Year's Day and have one week to prepare for the grand launch

The Flack is back! Caroline Flack is returning to host the winter addition, as well as comedian Iain Stirling who narrates the series

The Flack is back! Caroline Flack is returning to host the winter addition, as well as comedian Iain Stirling who narrates the series 

Copy Caroline's statement style in a Milly dress

We can officially have our evenings back now that Love Island has finished. It does mean, however, that we have to say goodbye to Caroline Flack's myriad of glamorous looks that have inspired our wardrobes for the past two months.

The presenter has shown off pieces by Self-Portrait, Michelle Mason, House of Holland, Essentiel Antwerp and De La Vali, but ending the series in style, she wore a little black dress by Milly.

With the help of her stylist, Nisha Grewal, Caroline completed this stellar look with a pair of jewelled heels and her signature wavy hair. Although she’s had the 'Brit' dress tailored to a shorter silhouette, the bardot neckline that’s detailed with bows remains the focal aesthetic, and we’re big fans of here at Fashion Finder HQ.  

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Islanders will meet in a brand new villa that has been built especially for the show, while Caroline Flack, 39, returns as host and Iain Stirling, 31, as narrator. 

In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, former Islander Amy Hart, 26, claimed the summer series will also be shortened to six weeks this year to avoid clashes with the Euro 2020 championships, which also take place in June and July.

She said: 'It is going to be two six week series next year. The summer series will also be six weeks because of Euro 2020, apparently. 

'I think the winter series will be the most watched show ever. It's in a brand new villa and no one wants to go out in January, no one has any money! 

'I know people in the summer say they missed two weeks of Love Island when they're on holiday but now they won't have to. Everyone loves it.' 

ITV declined to comment on the launch date when contacted by MailOnline.  

Spilling the beans: Amy Hart, 26, claimed in an interview with MailOnline that next year's summer series will also be shortened to six weeks due to the Euro 2020 championships

Spilling the beans: Amy Hart, 26, claimed in an interview with MailOnline that next year's summer series will also be shortened to six weeks due to the Euro 2020 championships

Amber Gill, 22, and Greg O'Shea, 24, won the 2019 summer series but split just weeks after the end of the programme. 

Runners up Tommy Fury, 20, and Molly-May Hague, 20, are still in a relationship, while third place Curtis Pritchard, 23, and Maura Higgins, 28, recently made their romance official. 

MailOnline exclusively revealed last week that fourth place Ovie Soko, 28, and India Reynolds, 28, are on the rocks after not being publicly seen together for seven weeks.  

A source said: 'It's clear things aren't exactly rosy between them. They need time to meet up and work things out."

The couple were allegedly meeting last weekend to have crisis talks though there has been no evidence their time together went ahead. 

Separate ways: Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea won the 2019 series but have already split (pictured together in Mallorca during the Love Island final in July)

Separate ways: Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea won the 2019 series but have already split (pictured together in Mallorca during the Love Island final in July)

Love Island's debut winter series start date revealed as show airs two weeks less than summer season

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