ITV announces new Love Island spin off for middle aged singles
ITV has just announced some exciting news, there is officially going to be a new Love Island-inspired dating show for “middle-aged” singletons.
The series is set to be called The Romance Retreat and will see single parents move into a stunning villa to find love, basically Love Island but for mams and dads.
The description for the show reads: “ITV1 are looking for vibrant single parents from across the UK who are in search of love, for a brand new dating show!
“This is the ONLY dating show where single parents can search for love, by spending time in a luxury retreat, where all the parents have been nominated by their grown up children.”
This comes after reports from The Sun revealed that ITV had planned the series of older contestants.
A source told the outlet: “Times change and the current generation in their 40s and 50s still care about how they look, are fit and healthy, into fashion and are ready to let their hair down.”
“This show will give those who settled down young a second chance at love while they still feel in their prime.
“And, let’s face it, they know their minds, will be capable of intelligent conversation and are likely to be much more adventurous — all ingredients regular Love Island sometimes lacks.”
And they could already have a host too as Davina McCall has thrown her name in the ring for the job.
Speaking on Stephen Bartlett's The Diary of a CEO podcast, Davina begged ITV to let her host the series if it ever became an actual show.
"I'm literally begging ITV to let me present mid-life Love Island," she said. "I could fill a villa in Love Island with the best backstories you have ever heard in your life."
"They've lived a life! They're widows, they're people who have been through horrific divorces, they're people who have split up with somebody and decided they want to try to go out with somebody [who is] the same sex as them.
"They're interesting people! I’d watch that show."
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