Local government vows to stop MTV’s ‘Ibiza Shore’ series over image fears

'If we can stop this, we will,' says the president of the island's local government

Ibiza’s local government has vowed to stop MTV from making a Jersey Shore-style reality series on the Balearic island.

MTV announced plans to make an Ibiza Shore reality series last week. “Everyone knows Ibiza is one of the party capitals of the world, so we can’t wait to see what happens with this unique mix of characters, personalities and cultures,” MTV executive Tiago Worcman said at the time.

However, the island’s local government is now campaigning to prevent MTV from filming on the island through legal means. “If we can stop this, we will,” the local government’s President, Vicent Torres, told The Guardian, before adding: “It’s a matter of image, that’s what worries us.”

Meanwhile, the head of Ibiza’s association of caterers has revealed that he rejected MTV’s offer to bid for the show’s lucrative catering contract. “It was worth it,” Alexis Carini told the newspaper. “For the past few years we’ve been working to change the image of Ibiza, after years of reports about vulgarity, drugs and people vomiting in the streets. That’s not how the island is any more.”

Ibiza Shore is designed to bring together cast members from several international versions of MTV’s popular ‘Shores’ franchise, including Spain’s Gandia Shore, Mexico’s Acapulco Shore and “surprise arrivals from Italy and Brazil”. It is currently unknown whether familiar faces from the UK’s Geordie Shore such as Charlotte Crosby and Vicky Pattison would also appear during the series.

MTV’s Shores franchise began with controversial US series Jersey Shore, which ran for 71 episodes between 2009 and 2012. UK spin-off Geordie Shore debuted in 2011, followed by another British series, The Valleys set in and around Cardiff, which has since been axed.