Love Island’s summer series would have kicked off around this time, with fresh bunch of singletons looking for love, asking for firepit chats and screaming every time they get a message.
Unfortunately, ITV bosses were forced to scrap the annual trip to Majorca due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV said: ‘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.’
It has been claimed we could be blessed with an autumn instalment instead, however this has yet to be confirmed…
But if you’re desperate for a fix of drama and romance, or you’re just looking for something else to stream, we’ve rounded up our top dating shows to keep you covered:
Love Is Blind – Netflix
While you might think people move fast in the villa, that’s nothing compared to the Love Is Blind gang.
The 10-part series – hosted by Nick Lachey and his wife, Vanessa – sees singletones speak to anonymous matches in pods, only laying eyes on each for the first time when they’ve chosen to get engaged to their partner.
It’s only once someone has got down on one knee that they meet for the first time – and are jetted straight on a luxury holiday. They then move in together and start planning their big day, with cameras following their every move.
So much drama, so many tears.
Are You The One – MTV, Sky
In the MTV series, those taking part aren’t just looking for love, but their share of $1million (£810k) – which adds a lot more pressure to the whole experience.
Contestants head to a mansion in paradise to live alongside each other and find their perfect match – something experts have decided on thanks to a string of off-screen tests.
Every episode ends in a matching ceremony, with the house being told how many perfect pairs they have settled on but not who those couples are. Of course there’s a also catch, as everyone must find their partner – or no one gets the money.
Cue the mother of all tantrums each week.
Too Hot To Handle – Netflix
Too Hot To Handle dropped on Netflix in April, and cured our lockdown blues instantly. Think Love Island meets Are You The One, with a reality show version of Siri thrown in for good measure.
The premise is a bunch of singletons living together in an idyllic mansion in Mexico, where they battle it out for a $100,000 (£79k) prize.
But, hours after they get settled in to their new digs, a twist ensures they can’t kiss or have any kind of sexual contact, with the jackpot depleting every time a rule is broken.
There are rows, randiness and of course, lots of rule breaking.
Celebs Go Dating – 4 On Demand
Celebs Go Dating does what it says on the tin – with a group of famous faces looking for love with members of the public, in front of the cameras.
Love Island’s Jack Fowler, Charlotte Crosby, Joey Essex and Megan McKenna are just some of the names who have been through the Celebrity Dating Agency, and got their love lives back on track thanks to the help of romance coaches Anna Williamson and Paul Carrick Brunson.
The most recent series is currently available on 4OD – and is worth watching just for Tom Read Wilson alone.
Back With The Ex – Netflix
This is a dating show with a difference, as it’s not about looking for new love – but instead delving back into your past.
Back With The Ex is, unsurprisingly, about four former couples who temporarily reunite, attempting to see if they can make it work a second time around.
It seems straight forward, until you meet one star who doesn’t even own plates…
Temptation Island – E!, Sky
While Love Island focuses on sparking new relationships, Temptation Island follows four existing couples as they test the strength of their bond – and we can already see things going wrong.
The couples are all at the stage of their relationships where they have to decide whether to commit to each other for the rest of their lives or go their separate ways.
And they have to make that decision while being given a taste of the single life on an exotic island – alongside a group of 24 singletons.
Dating Around – Netflix
Unlucky-in-love people are set up on five blind dates – but instead or having to get married or engaged, they just have to pick someone to invite on a second date.
But, just because the premise is a little more ‘normal’ than Love Is Blind, there are still awkward moments, cute scenes and heated debates galore.
We loved every single second of it, with season 2 on the way on 12 June.
If you need us, we’ll be binge-watching these for the foreseeable future.
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