Exclusive: The Only Way Is Essex series 13 to kick off with Ibiza specials?

Published Thursday, Aug 7 2014, 14:49 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
The next series of The Only Way Is Essex will be coming back with a bang, as it's set to kick off with an Ibiza special!

Series 13 of the popular Essex-based reality show will be making a return at the end of the summer, and Ibiza's closing parties are the perfect place for the cast to kickstart a new series.

The Only Way Is Essex cast - series 11 - February 2014.Featured: James Lock, Danielle Armstrong, Gemma Collins, Tom Pearce, Ricky Rayment, Ferne McCann, Mario Falcone, Charlie Sims, Dan Osborne, Elliott Wright, Lewis Bloor, Jasmin Walia, Chloe Sims, Jessica Wright, James 'Arg' Argent, Billie Faiers, Sam Faiers, Lauren Pope, James 'Diags' Bennewith and Bobby Norris.

© ITV / Nicky Johnston

A source exclusively tells Reveal: "Ibiza is a favourite holiday spot for the cast of TOWIE and they often party there as well as Marbella, so it's only right that they should end the summer filming there after they kicked off the season in Marbella."

It seems like the boys are already getting into shape for the new series too. Last night (6 August), Elliott Wright told fans that he had started training again, hinting that he was working out for his trip to Ibiza.

Showing off his six-pack after an intense run, Elliott said: "Boom! 1st run of the month! Time to get ripped! 3 miles 27 mins in August humidity! #TOWIIbiza."

In the past two weeks alone, plenty of the cast - past and present - have been partying in the Spanish island, including former TOWIE star Joey Essex to current cast members Tom Pearce, Jasmin Walia, Fran Parman, James 'Diags' Bennewith and Vas J. Morgan.

Elliott Wright shows off ripped six pack while on holiday in Alicante, Spain (6 August 2014).

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Elliott is getting in shape for Ibiza...

Jasmin Walia at Ocean Beach Ibiza
29 July

© Matt Morgan

Jasmin partying in Ibiza last month...

Viewers are used to seeing the gang jet off to sunny locations, with Marbella in Spain being a regular holiday vacation. The cast have branched out even further too, as last year, TOWIE's 10th anniversary season kicked off with two hour-long episodes in Las Vegas.

TOWIE's 13th series is expected to return in October, and it will broadcast from its new home on ITVBe.

ITVBe will appeal to a younger, female audience, with content including TOWIE and the Real Housewives franchise.

Peter Fincham, the director of television at ITV, said in a statement: "Expanding ITV's family of channels to introduce a new free-to-air, female skewing channel focusing on entertainment and reality means our viewers will have access to even more great content."

ITVBe will launch on 8 October 2014.

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