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Love Island’s Danny Williams and Michael Griffiths unconvinced show would work if it had to film in UK

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Love Island’s Danny Williams and Michael Griffiths aren’t convinced Love Island would work in the UK (Picture: ITV/Metro.co.uk)

Love Island stars Michael Griffiths and Danny Williams admit they’re unconvinced on whether the show would work if it had to be filmed in the UK.

Fans have had to go without their summer fix of Love Island this year due to travel restrictions in place amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Quarantine rules and social distance measures have made it difficult for series to film overseas, with some shows having to scrap their usual exotic locations for home territory instead.

Take I’m A Celebrity for example, it usually sees a whole host of celebrities and hosts Ant and Dec jetting off to Australia, but this year, the series will take place in a castle in Wales.

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Love Island usually filmed in Majorca, with its winter series taking place in South Africa and while ITV bosses have promised the show’s return in 2021, it’s unclear whether a series overseas will still be able to go ahead.

But, unlike Love Island USA that switched to Las Vegas for season two instead of Fiji, Michael and Danny, who found fame on the 2019 series of the ITV2 dating show, had their doubts on Love Island UK potentially hitting home soil.

Danny Williams on 'Love Island' TV Show, Series 5, Episode 18, Majorca, Spain - 23 Jun 2019
Danny thinks Love Island in the UK wouldn’t have the same appeal to viewers (Picture: Rex)

In their opinion, the show wouldn’t exactly have the same vibe it was coming from ‘an airbnb in Norfolk.’

Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, Danny told us: ‘I would be wrong to rule anything out because you never know what can happen and obviously ITV know what they’re doing when it comes to making a TV show.’

‘But, I would find it difficult to imagine,’ he admitted. ‘I think people watch Love Island because it’s a good way to escape, to imagine themselves in another country in a luxury villa.

‘I’m not sure how that would quite translate if it was in a giant Airbnb in Norfolk.’

Michael Griffiths and Joanna Chimonides on Love Island 2019
Michael was unsure, but was open to the idea that it might have to go ahead in the UK (Picture: ITV)
Islanders meet at Casa Amor 'Love Island' TV Show, Series 6, Episode 23, South Africa
The boys joked an ‘airbnb in Norfolk’ probably wouldn’t have the same vibe (Picture: ITV)

Michael was of the same view and seemed undecided, as he added: ‘I’d be lying if I said it could. I’m just not too sure.

‘It could be great it might not, but it might be one of those things that they have to try.’

Either way, Danny is convinced that ITV has the potential to make the best of a bad situation and still deliver.

Eve and Jess Gale entering the Love Island villa in South Africa
ITV has promised fans Love Island will return in summer 2021 (Picture: ITV)

‘One thing I do know that after seeing three or four Love Islands, everyone is always saying, “that’s the last good one, it’s gonna dip off now,” but they’re still producing good series,’ he insisted.

Fans saw Danny strike up a romance with Yewande Biala and Arabella Chi in the villa, before going to find love with ex-girlfriend Jourdan Riane, who he dated for a few months following the show.

Michael, meanwhile, was famed for his on/off romance with Amber Gill, who he brutally dumped to couple up with Joanna Chimonides. Since Love Island, he briefly dated Ellie Brown, who starred on the show in 2018.

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Now, the boys are single and living together, along with Love Island alumni Jordan Hames and Christopher Taylor – the four moved in together over lockdown and have documented it all for fans to see in new MTV digital series Living The Dream.

MTV Living the Dream airs Friday October 16 on MTV International’s YouTubeBET International’s Facebook pages and MTV UK’s Facebook.

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