Caroline Flack Says 'Love Island' Winter Season Promos Start Filming This Week In South Africa

Love Island fans will get a look at the show's winter villa, soon, according to the series filming schedule. Show host Caroline Flack revealed she'll be filming promotional material for the show starting Saturday.

While much of Love Island's winter edition is still under lock and key, it's been confirmed the season will film in South Africa rather than the typical villa in Majorca. The show's host Caroline Flack confirmed the location details in a conversation with Metro about the long commute she'll undertake during filming.

"It's a 13-hour flight [to South Africa]," she said. Flack will continue filming Aftersun, a weekly recap and gossip show fueled by the villa drama, during the winter season.

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'Love Island' will air two U.K. seasons in 2020. Facebook

Love Island will return much sooner than many fans may expect. The dating show is expected to air a winter season on ITV as soon as January 2020, according to RadioTimes. That means, in less than two months, global viewers can likely watch new islanders try their hand at love in an entirely new setting.

Until now, Love Island has only premiered in the summer. Summer 2020 will also premiere a new season of Love Island, which will follow the classic formula. The usual, Majorca villa is expected to host the Summer season, as it has in the past.

The decision to air a winter season of Love Island was announced in July by ITV2. "Off the back of a record-breaking year, we're delighted to be bringing an extra series of our biggest and sunniest show to the 2020 schedule," Paul Mortimer, head of digital channels and acquisitions at ITV2 said in a statement. "Love Island has proven yet again to be the perfect format that engages younger audiences."

The Love Island winter cast has yet to be revealed. Islanders can still be selected for the show, too. Applications for Love Island's winter season close on November 30. The application, which is still active, requires all applicants have a passport that's valid from December 1 through June 2020.

In years past, Love Island has been a hit for U.K. viewers, as well as American viewers who can watch the season through streaming service Hulu. America revealed its own version of the series in summer 2019, though the CBS run didn't fare nearly as well as its U.K. inspiration. While the summer version of Love Island brought in 6 million viewers in the U.K. in just one episode, the U.S. version capped viewing at 2.3 million.

The U.S. version will get another shot, though. Thom Sherman, senior executive vice president of programming at CBS Entertainment, announced the decision in August. "After its first season, the U.K. version exploded via word of mouth and social media to become a huge hit, and its viewership has grown every year," he said, as reported by CBS. "We believe first season U.S. fans are just as passionate and engaged and we look forward to building on that foundation with another fun season next summer."