The end: Davina McCall’s dating show Language of Love has reportedly been axed after just one series - which aired earlier this year
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Davina McCall’s dating show Language of Love ‘has been axed after only 200,000 viewers tuned in to watch the series finale’

Davina McCall’s dating show Language of Love has reportedly been axed after just one series – which aired earlier this year.

The Channel 4 series saw both British and Spanish singletons move to the Spanish countryside as they looked to find ‘the one’, with the show presenting a huge twist in that contestants won’t be able to speak the same language as each other.

But viewers didn’t seem to take to the dating show as only 200,000 viewers tuned in to watch the finale in February.

The end: Davina McCall’s dating show Language of Love has reportedly been axed after just one series - which aired earlier this year

The end: Davina McCall’s dating show Language of Love has reportedly been axed after just one series – which aired earlier this year

A source told The Sun: ‘Channel 4 thought that Language Of Love had all the ingredients to be a hit, especially with Davina at the helm.

‘But unfortunately the premise didn’t seem to strike a chord with the public. It was unable to generate a lot of engagement on social media and it then lost steam as the series went on. So there are no current plans for another series.

‘But it was an entertaining experiment and the central format is quite repeatable, so Language Of Love might end up living to see another day.’

MailOnline has contacted Channel 4 for comment.  

Axed: Viewers didn't seem to take to the dating show 200,000 viewers tuned in to watch the finale in February

Axed: Viewers didn’t seem to take to the dating show 200,000 viewers tuned in to watch the finale in February 

Davina and Spanish co-host Ricky Merino, 35, aimed to discover if love could blossom over language barriers in the new Channel 4 series.

The show presents a huge twist as the contestants won’t be able to speak the same language as each other, meaning that they will have to learn a new language should they chose to remain in their couples.

Ricky will keep his eye on the couples are their relationships progress and keep an eye out to see if he can spot true love.

The programme saw 12 single people – six Spanish and six English mingle in the villa and struggle to overcome their language barriers as they got to know each other. 

Speaking to The Sun, Davina explained that the show is very different to other dating programmes such as Love Island, as contestants are seeking love, rather than fame.

Davina explained that firstly, the contestants differ from usual dating shows but also added: ‘The other thing is, because of the cultural differences, it’s so flipping funny.’

She revealed: ‘There were a few really massive eruptions of lust — real love-at-first-sight stuff, where somebody would walk through the door and they were like, “Wow!”‘

Format: The Channel 4 series sees both British and Spanish singletons move to the Spanish countryside as they endeavor to find 'the one', with the show presenting a huge twist in that contestants won't be able to speak the same language as each other

Format: The Channel 4 series sees both British and Spanish singletons move to the Spanish countryside as they endeavor to find ‘the one’, with the show presenting a huge twist in that contestants won’t be able to speak the same language as each other

In a statement from Channel 4 at the time the show first aired, they explained: ‘A group of Brits seeking romance will travel to Spain where they’ll meet their potential partners – a group of Spanish speakers also looking for their own historia de amor – to test whether love is deeper than just words.

‘Can sparks fly even with a language barrier to overcome?’

Channel 4 continued: ‘The newly-formed couples will take part in challenges and tasks to help them test their connection as well as learning more about each other’s countries, their culture and their languages.

‘At the end of the series, will they choose amor or adiós? The international lovers will face a big dilemma: to call it quits, stay together long distance, or perhaps move country to be with their newfound love.’

Love: Ricky will keep his eye on the couples are their relationships progress and keep an eye out to see if he can spot true love

Love: Ricky will keep his eye on the couples are their relationships progress and keep an eye out to see if he can spot true love

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