What To Watch To Fill The Love Island-Shaped Hole In Your Life

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Sad news, Love Island’s hotly-anticipated 2020 summer series has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After much speculation surrounding season seven of the dating show, ITV has now confirmed it won't be going ahead this year.

Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV, said producers had tried to come up with ways of making it work in the current climate, but it's not been possible to safely go ahead.

The summer series usually starts in early June, and there had been talk of it being held in the UK or filming it much later in the year. However, show bosses have now decided to cancel the summer series of Love Island due to health and safety concerns.

Thankfully the cancellation of the show is just for the time being as ITV closed their statement with news the show would return bigger and better for 2021.

But if you’re one of the millions likely devastated by its newfound absence from our homes, here are 12 shows like Love Island that just might be able to fill that vacant hole in your evening routine…

If you loved the island location, try:

First Dates Hotel

First Dates Hotel is the glamorous older sister of First Dates. With each series taking place in a different location, the show is similar to its predecessor as it allows us to live vicariously through the frustrations of modern dating. But First Dates Hotel comes with a twist, as if the date goes well, the couples get the opportunity of checking in for the night - with the chance of several more dates.

If You Loved the search for love, try:

Terrace House

Terrace House has become something of an international hit, yet it's hard to pin down what makes it so enjoyable. Sounds like Love Island, eh? The premise is that three boys and three girls move into an impeccably stylish house, but the contestants take their time in coupling up. Everyone is polite and there are no dramas ála Anna and Jordan. Granted, it can be incredibly dull at times but there's something so comforting about it all.

IF YOU LOVED THE ONE-ON-ONE DATES, TRY:

Celebs Go Dating

The obvious choice is most definitely Celebs Go Dating. Why? Because give it time and you're guaranteed to catch a former Love Island contestant appear on the show. Just last year, Eyal Brooker and Olvia Attwood signed up for the E4 show alongside Sugababes' Mutya Buena, Made In Chelsea star Alik Alfus and TOWIE favourites Chloe Sims and Vas Morgan who together try to find the one. 

If You Loved the choice between love & money, try:

Heartbreak Island

A group of young Kiwi singles meet in Fiji, ready to play for love or money – or maybe a bit of both. The game tactics are vital as the hopeful singles aim to survive challenges, passion plays and eliminations – as well as the back-stabbing and blindsides that go along with all reality TV romances. But what’s more important, genuine feelings or a winning strategy? Go forth and binge to find out.

If You Loved The competition element of it all, TRY:

The Bachelor

Undoubtedly the most-talked-about dating competition shows in the U.S. are The Bachelor and its equally popular spin-offs The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. The series revolves around a single bachelor who starts with a pool of romantic interests from whom he is expected to select a wife. During the course of the season, the bachelor eliminates candidates, culminating in a marriage proposal to his final selection. The participants travel to romantic and exotic locations for their adventures, and if you thought Love Island was dramatic, buckle up. 

if you hated the overly loud kissing noises, try:

Too Hot To Handle

Think Love Island, but without the freedom of doing bits in the Hideaway or anywhere in fact. In this show, 10 young, hot singles from around the world come together and meet on a paradise island, where they’ll get to enjoy the holiday of their dreams and get to know each other on another level. But there’s just one little thing – they’re not allowed to touch each other! The aim of this dating show is for singletons to form deeper connections with each other without getting physical. Initially, there will be $100,000 up for grabs for those who can keep their hands off each other the longest, however, if anyone slips up, this cash prize will go down, which could mean winner(s) could walk away with absolutely nothing.

iF YOU JUST LOVE TRASH TV, TRY:

Ex On The Beach

It’s Love Island minus all of the love, essentially. Eight single guys and girls enjoy a holiday in a paradise location, only for their exes to turn up and spoil it all, as they seek revenge – or occasionally, another chance at love. Still wildly popular after several years on air, it’s spawned some of the newer reality TV stars on the block, including Michael from last year's Love Island and Callum Best.

if you LOVED THE MADNESS OF IT ALL, try:

Naked Attraction

Nowhere near as tacky as the name or its reputation implies, the show displays realistic body types in their full glory. If you're looking for a postmodern, sexually-adventurous spin on Blind Date and Love Island but weirder, I dare you to find anything better.

If You Loved The Show But Wanted Marriage, try:

90 Day Fiancé

90 Day Fiancé follows a group of couples who have 90 days to decide to marry before their foreign fiancé’s visa expires and he or she must leave the country. The longest season is only 14 episodes, so the entire series is a manageable watch even for those with average binge-watching skills. There's also multiple spin-offs such as, 90 Day FiancéHappily Ever After?90 Day FiancéThe Other Way, 90 Day FiancéBefore the 90 Days, and 90 Day Fiancé: What Now?  to keep you busy for the rest of summer. 

If You Just Loved Love Island, Try:

More Love Island

What better way to get rid of the Love Island blues than by reliving the whole thing again? There are a whole four seasons of Islander drama to catch up on and weep along to the moment Kem and Chris first met. But if that's already a regular occurrence for you, Love Island USA, season 2 is coming soon.

IF YOU LOVED ALL OF THE ABOVE, TRY:

Love Is Blind

Dating shows all tend to follow the same kind of format these days. But occasionally, we get treated to a premise so ridiculous we can't help but proclaim it to be a work of entertainment genius. Enter Love Is Blind, Netflix's latest attempt to tap into our love of First Dates, Married At First Sight, Love Island, Dating In The Dark and Take Me Out. 

And the premise is incredibly simple (if not totally insane): singles choose a person to marry without ever having seen them. They're allowed to speak to one another while sitting in two separate pods but have no idea what the other looks like. The man then proposes, and if the woman agrees, they finally get to see each other. Then they get married four weeks later. The point? To test the theory 'love is blind' and find out whether relationships can be successful based on an emotional connection rather than looks or age. Fans are calling Love Is Blind  "Love Island on crack" and well, they're not wrong. 

If You hated love island but enjoy reality tv, try:

Queer Eye

The reality TV show that even those who hate reality TV are destined to love, Queer Eye is the warmer, lovelier and woke-r remake of the 90s series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The new fab five - food and wine specialist Antoni Porowski, interior designer Bobby Berk, grooming consultant Jonathan Van Ness, fashion designer Tan France and culture expert Karamo Brown - provide lifestyle makeovers for people from all walks of life, with uplifting results. Grab the tissues because you're going to cry. 

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