Love Island bosses have reportedly banned filtered photos being submitted as part of the audition process for the new series.
The hotly-anticipated ITV dating show will go ahead this summer but auditions to pick this year’s lucky line up have been forced to take place online due to the pandemic.
And The Sun reports that bosses are asking for natural photos to be used as part of their audition if they wish to be considered for the show.
Natural: Love Island bosses have reportedly banned filtered photos being submitted as part of the audition process for the new series (pictured is Molly-Mae Hague’s promo shot ahead of her entrance to the villa on the 2019 series)
The publication reports that potential islanders have been asked to upload a one minute video telling why they would be good on the show.
They have also reportedly been asked for a headshot, full length photo and three other photo options which all need to be unfiltered.
Above the instructions a warning reportedly reads: ‘PLEASE DO NOT ADD ANY FILTERS (E.G. SNAPCHAT FILTERS)’.
Rules: The hotly-anticipated ITV dating show will go ahead this summer but auditions to pick this year’s lucky line up have been forced to take place online due to the pandemic (pictured is Olivia Attwood’s promo picture from the 2017 series)
A representative for ITV has been contacted by MailOnline for a comment.
Last month it was revealed that the launch date of Love Island 2021 has been delayed by three weeks due to overseas travel restrictions as ITV confirmed they plan to base the show in Majorca.
Love Island’s 2019 summer season started on June 3 but this year the crew will not fly out to the Spanish Island until the end of the month – with ITV intending to air the popular dating show for a duration of eight weeks.
Show bosses, who have Jersey on standby if a new strain of Covid-19 hits, have also axed the winter version after just one series.
Stars: The Sun reports that bosses are asking natural photos to be used if they wish to be considered for the show (pictured are the 2019 cast)
A TV insider told MailOnline: ‘Crew members are scheduled to fly out to Majorca on June 20 – with the series expected to launch a week later.
‘In 2019, the first episode aired on June 3, meaning Love Island will be over three weeks later this year due to current restrictions on overseas travel.
‘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 energy until the summer series.’
It’s back: Last month it was revealed that the launch date of Love Island 2021 has been delayed by three weeks due to overseas travel restrictions as ITV confirmed they plan to base the show in Majorca (pictured is last year’s villa)
Majorca will be at its hottest in July and August with temperatures reaching a sizzling 30 degrees, providing Islanders with the perfect setting for a summer of love.
Bosses are planning for the summer series – that viewers can watch on the ITV Hub as well as ITV2 – to be filmed in Majorca but have Jersey as a backup plan in case of a third coronavirus wave.
Cast and crew are prepared to ‘adapt’ as they rely on the UK government’s road map out of lockdown, which outlines foreign travel could reopen again from mid May.
Sizzling: Love Island’s 2019 summer season started on June 3 but this year the crew will not fly out to the Spanish Island until the end of the month (2019 Islander Maura Higgins pictured in April)
So far, it is all systems go with Love Island bosses already signing up multiple Islanders, as well as carrying out extensive social media and medical checks on their new stars.
MailOnline understands all contestants will be flown out around the same time including any ‘bombshell arrivals’ and they will be tested for coronavirus and quarantined weeks before the series starts.
It will be quite the operation as each Islander is assigned a chaperone and needs to be kept separated so not to ruin the moment they meet for the first time on camera.
Paige Turley, 22, and Finley Tapp, 21, won the first winter Love Island series in 2020, weeks before the UK was plunged into national lockdown.
The show, presented by Laura Whitmore, 35, wasn’t as successful ratings-wise after the launch episode attracted 800,000 fewer viewers than the 2019 summer series.
Last week ITV’s Kevin Lygo admitted filming in South Africa was a ‘challenge’ as the ‘weather wasn’t great and they were quite cold and it wasn’t sunny every day.’
Winter Love Island was also hit by the tragic loss of host Caroline Flack, who had presented the dating series since 2015, after she passed weeks before it aired.
‘All systems go’: ITV bosses confirmed the summer series that last saw Amber Gill (pictured) win with Greg O’Shea will still air for a duration of eight weeks when it returns this year