Winter Love Island is back as ITV confirms there will be two seasons of the dating show in 2023

2023 will be a year of love thanks to Winter Love Island

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If you were feeling like eight weeks of Love Island 2022 just isn’t enough for you—we’ve got good news. Winter Love Island is back as ITV confirms that 2023 will see two seasons of the iconic dating show hit our screens.

Yep, Love Island returns to South Africa with a whole new host of singletons, to help get you through the cold and grey winter months. This will be the second winter series after a brief hiatus following series six—which saw Paige Turley and Finley Tapp crowned the winners. They remain among the fabled list of Love Island couples still together.

ITV is really spoiling us at this rate, Love Island season eight has already supplied us with a lifetime of memorable moments and new Love Island meme content—and now we have two new seasons on the horizon.

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While some fans feared for the future of the ‘og dating show,’ ITV has reassured fans that it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Posting the news on Insta, Love Island proclaimed that: “2023 is officially the year of love.”

And confirmed that Love Island, “will kick start the New Year with a fresh batch of Islanders heading to South Africa, then we'll be back to Mallorca for eight love-filled weeks in the summer.” Hurray!

ITV2's director of reality commissioning and controller, Paul Mortimer also released a statement saying: “Love Island has once again proved itself to be the nation's favorite talking point across the summer, and we're always blown away by the show's ongoing impact and talkability amongst our younger audience.

"So, rather than just serving up a Summer of Love, we thought we'd make 2023 the Year of Love with two full series of the show.” From the bottom of our hearts, thank you ITV.

Winter Love Island 2020

If you didn't tune into the first-ever Winter season or are a little hazy on the details now—let us remind you!

The series line-up featured the likes of Siânnese Fudge, Luke Trotman, Demi Jones, Luke Mabbott, Ched Uzor, Jess Gale, Shaughna Philips, Paige Turley and Finley Tapp and gave us all the classic love island moments. From Casa Amor to the always hilarious baby challenge.

The series also saw several couples become 'official,' with Luke T putting on a Disney-themed scavenger hunt for Siânnese, before asking her to be his girlfriend. 

Similarly, Finley also pulled out a grand gesture of his own to ask Paige to be his girlfriend, with the pair going on to win the series and are actually one of the few Love Island couples still together now.

The other couples to make the finale were Luke T and Siânnise and Demi and Luke M, who all gave seriously tear-jerking speeches—with Luke T even dropping the L-bomb.

The season saw many memorable moments, though perhaps none more so than the Casa Amor recoupling!

It was here that we heard Shaughna utter the iconic words: "Goodluck, hun" as her former beau, Callum Jones brought Molly Smith back with him from the other villa—leaving Shaughna single. 

Though this was clearly the right decision for him as they, like Paige and Finn, are still together!

So before you start searching ‘is Love Island canceled’ following this series finale, you can put your mind at ease knowing that not only will it return next summer—Winter Love Island will be back in just a matter of months. 

And for those of you not currently caught up with the latest season—here’s where to watch Love Island UK from anywhere—trust us, you don’t want to miss a single episode…

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Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

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