Love Island bosses sign up Covid heroes for new series

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Love Island bosses have reportedly started signing contestants for the next line-up.

Producers of the much-loved show have signed up a hero NHS doctor to star in the new series.

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Toluwa Adepeju, 25, was among the medical staff battling the Covid-19 pandemic on the frontline in hospital over the last year.

As you can imagine, he’s going to need a much-needed break.

And, that might just be in the Love Island villa looking for love on the 2021 show, The Mirror reports.

Toluwa has been documenting the tough time on the NHS frontline on his Instagram page, revealing he’s been working 68-hour seven-day weeks.

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Love Island bosses line up NHS doctor for new series

He’s also been outspoken about the country’s vaccination program and urged his followers to get their jabs.

The ITV dating show is set to return to TV this summer, three weeks later than usual, after a year’s break.

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A source told The Sun: “He’s led from the very front – in hospital and online, educating people of the risks and the need to get vaccinated.

“He is a perfect pick. He’s modest, down to earth and loves what he does.”

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The last series was the winter version in South Africa which aired at the start of 2020, but the planned summer series was canned due to the pandemic.

However, it’s since been reported that the winter show has been axed for good, with bosses focusing on the summer series instead.

Producers will be busy scouting for potential islanders in the lead up to the launch, which is expected to take place in late June.

Toluwa Adepeju has reportedly been signed for the 2021 show

A TV source told MailOnline: “Crew members are scheduled to fly out to Majorca on June 20 – with the series expected to launch a week later.

“The delayed launch date will not have an impact on the length of the series, with the show still running for a duration of eight weeks.

“Winter Love Island on the other hand has been ‘indefinitely postponed’ as bosses put all their energies until the summer series.”

All the contestants will reportedly be flown out at the same time, including the “bombshells” who arrive later in the series, and they will all be tested for Covid and quarantined for weeks before filming starts.

There were concerns over whether Love Island would be able to go ahead at all this year due to coronavirus restrictions, with bosses said to have been considering moving it to a location closer to home such as Cornwall or Jersey.

However, it’s looking like the plan still is to return the show to the original villa in Majorca this summer with Laura Whitmore returning as presenter.


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