Love Island bosses to launch dating show in South Africa

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 August 2017
Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes

ITV2 are launching a winter dating show called 'Survival of the Fittest'

'Love Island' bosses are planning to launch a new dating show in South Africa this winter.

The last instalment of the romantic series proved such a hit with viewers that executives are keen to replicate its success by filming a similar programme later this year but, rather than shoot it in Mallorca, Spain, they're keen to take it to African continent over the cooler months.

'Survival of the Fittest' will use elements of the hit series - such as recruiting a group of young, hot singletons and throwing them into a villa to compete for a cash prize.

But, rather than having them lounge around by a pool all day lapping up the rays in their bikinis, the contestants will take part in gruelling physical challenges, in which boys will go against girls, every day while going on dates, according to The Sun newspaper.

Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, Paul Mortimer told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "ITV2's younger audience will no doubt relish the escapism this immersive physical game show from sunny South Africa will provide next winter. Like 'Love Island' before it, this series' nightly mixture of fun challenges and burgeoning relationships ought to be must see."

But it's not just a winter version of the show bosses are planning as it's believed a number of contestants from the last series of 'Love Island' are set to get their own spin-off.

Kem Cetinay and Chris Hughes - who hit the headlines numerous times for their on-screen bromance - have reportedly signed a contract that will see them back on televisions soon.

Kem said recently: "There's nothing I can say as I don't know the full gist but when they approached us I thought: 'Really? Is that actually happening?'

"It's going to put pressure on me and Chris, but from the reaction when we got it on Twitter I could not believe it. People went mad for it. I rang Chris and said: 'Is this really the reaction we got?' so I feel under pressure now."

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