It’s coming to that time of year again when our lives are taken over by a group of stranger’s love lives on a sunny villa in a land far far away.
That’s right, Love Island time.
We are more than excited for it to be back on our screens following the epic season that was 2018 – but sadly plans for our very own Irish version of the show have apparently been scrapped! Devo!
A source close to the project told Extra.ie that despite plans, the show was too much of an undertaking for such a small budget.
“It was a great idea but there is just no way of doing a low-budget version of the show,” the source revealed.
“Virgin Media and TV3 enjoyed success with Irish versions of Gogglebox, The Apprentice, Come Dine With Me and Masterchef so it seemed appropriate to investigate an Irish Love Island.
“The problem is that you have to film it over a couple of months in Mallorca and the cost is extremely high.
“When you have Irish budgets it just becomes prohibitive.
“You have to go to Spain and film it there; it’s not like you could ship the contestants off to the Aran Islands for the duration of the show.
“There are smaller villas like in the Australian version which could bring the cost down, but not enough for Irish budgets.”