After Caroline Flack's passing there were doubts about the upcoming summer season, however these were quelled during the previous season's finale on February 23rd,2020 by host; Laura Whitmore.
On March 8th,2020 it was confirmed that Laura would be returning to host the show for it's seventh season, having signed a £1 million contract
Later that month, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there were concerns the show may not be able to move forward for season. However in early April, the producers revealed that despite the pandemic they're still moving forward with the season, trying to find new ways they could still air it.
However on May 4th,2020 it was officially announced by Kevin Lygo (TV director of ITV) that this season of Love Island would be pushed back to 2021, due to the difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On May 18th,2020, it was revealed that the producers are considering making this season a pre-recorded show for the first time in the franchise's history. However it should be pointed out that at this point in time, this only a rumour.
On January 31st, 2021 it was reported by the Star that the producers were looking to make this season the biggest in the show's history, in terms of the budget they're using for the show this time round, with notable moves including flying in 3 times as many islanders as normal in case of COVID-illness. It was also mentioned that the season would be airing at the later date of July 2021, instead of the usual June start date.
On March 4th, 2021 it was officially confirmed by ITV that the seventh season would be airing in 2021, but later in the summer than usual, as previously reported.
From May 29th,2021 ITV2 started to release the first teasers for the season featuring host; Laura Whitmore and narrator; Iain Stirling and were aired during the ad breaks of The Masked Dancer UK on ITV. The full trailer for the season was then released on June 5th,2021, confirming that it'd be launching later in June, using the tagline "This is not a drill".
On June 16th,2021 ITV officially announced their plans surrounding the welfare of the islanders both during their participation in the show and after they've come out. These would include having pre-filming medical and psychological assessments with each of the islanders and extra provisions surrounding mental health while in the villa, as well as up to 14 months of contact with islanders and professional social-media training upon leaving the villa.Later that day it was officially confirmed during an interview on "This Morning" that the season would be premiering June 28th,2021.
Auditions for this season, were opened on the day of the Season 6 finale; February 23rd,2020, looking for young singles to take part in the show. The applications for this season were also confirmed to be closing April 30th,2020 but the closing date is extended to April 29th, 2021. However after the season was delayed to the summer of 2021, applications were closed.
Applications for this season re-opened on January 1st,2021, looking for potential new islanders in the upcoming summer season, with the closing date for applications being April 30th,2021. On March 22nd,2021 it was revealed that for the first time ever, the Love Island producers would be partnering with dating app; Tinder, in order to find potential islanders for the new season.
Later on March 26th,2021 it was reported by the Sun, that the producers were looking to try and make sure that the cast for this upcoming season is the most diverse yet, after viewers had previously complained about the lack of body and racial diversity in the show. At the same time, the deadline of April 30th was also scrapped, to allow more time for the casting team.
Keeping in line with previous reports, on April 11th, 2021 it was reported by the Mirror that for the first time ever, the producers were looking to cast islanders of all sexualities, including those who are gay and bisexual.
On May 23rd,2021 the Sun reported that the producers are looking to try and ensure that at least 40% of the islanders are bi-sexual, with a view to heighten the levels of drama on the show, through the potential of unexpected pairings.
However on June 3rd,2021 in an interview with ITV Commissioner; Amanda Stavri conducted by the Radio Times, while promising that they would be trying to deliver the most diverse season yet, she also debunked the previous rumours of LGBT islanders taking part, claiming that their inclusion would be too logistically difficult in regards to Love Island's format.
For this season, the show will be moving back to it's usual location of Majorca, after it's first winter season was based in South Africa. In April 2020, it was rumoured that the location of the villa would be changed to a location in the UK, due to COVID-19, with options like Cornwall and the Isle of White being mentioned.. However this was later rubbished by ITV.
After the success of I'm a celeb's stay in the UK during their 2020 series, it was once again rumoured that the villa could be situated in the UK during January 2021, after comments came from LI narrator ; Iain Stirling. After months of speculation, it was finally revealed on March 29th, that the show would be finally be returning to it's normal location of Majorca, Spain, with the production team having got the green-light from the local government. The first official images of the villa were released on June 27th,2021, revealing a complete revamp for this season.
Alongside the announcement of the show's return to Majorca on March 29th, it was also revealed that the producers were looking to fly out 2 casts of islanders, as a safety measure in case any of the islanders in their initial cast come down with COVID. The initial line-up of islanders were officially revealed on June 21st,2021 just a week before the season premiere, comprising of 5 boys and 6 girls. More islanders will enter later as bombshells.
|Horny Devils||1||2||Viewers beware, don't watch this with your mum in the same room...|
|Undercover Lovers||1||6||From sexy tuxedos down to skimpy thongs, are you ready to see our boys transform themselves for our latest challenge?! Watch as our hunks rescue their damsels in distress, whilst stripping off and showing us what they've got. Oh and there's also vibrating plates, cocktails and spilt liquids all over the show.|
|Knowing me, knowing You||2||8||The challenge takes a turn for the worse as Hugo's opinion offends Sharon and Faye.|
|Line of Booty||2||10||The girls get handsy and the boys get banged up in today's challenge!|
|Spit the Roast||3||14||The Islanders mouth to mouth skills are put to the test in the Spit The Roast challenge. The couple with the most presentable whole roast dinner wins!|
|Stags vs Hens||3||16||The boys and girls are divided into 2 gender-based teams, to take part in a number of wedding-themed games.|
|Cat-titude||4||20||The girls provide the sauce in the latest challenge, CAT-TITUDE! Meow!|
|Snog, Marry, Pie||4||21||We might be able to work out who they want to snog or marry, but who will they pie?|
|Day 1||Day 5||Day 12||Day 18||Day 24|
|Abigail||Not in Villa||Toby|
|Liam||Not in Villa||Faye||Millie|
|Lucinda||Not in Villa||Brad||Danny||Aaron|
|Millie||Not in Villa||Liam|
|Teddy||Not in Villa||Faye|
|Tyler||Not in Villa||Kaz|
|Georgia||Not in Villa||Dumped|
|AJ||Not in Villa||Hugo||Dumped|
|Danny||Not in Villa||Lucinda||Dumped|
|Rachel||Not in Villa||Dumped|
|Oliver||Not in Villa||Single||Dumped|
- Love Island 2021 'will be biggest in history as show bosses spare no expense on its comeback' (thesun.co.uk)
- Love Island 2021: Iain Stirling teases new filming location | HELLO! (hellomagazine.com)