The ITV2 reality show is entering its third series after being relaunched in 2015, with more singletons on the lookout for lurrrve as they shack up in a remote Spanish villa together.
The last two series have proved a massive hit with viewers, with the show overtaking the other big reality show ‘Big Brother’ in the ratings last year.
And while there has been the usual bitching, backstabbing and sexy shenanigans, ‘Love Island’ has actually produced some couples who’ve gone the distance (Scott and Kadie from last year’s series are in the middle of planning a wedding!).
So as we prepare to be introduced to another batch of ‘Love Island’ castaways, here’s everything we can tell you about the new series so far...
When does ‘Love Island 2017’ start?
ITV have finally confirmed ‘Love Island’ will return to ITV2 on Monday 5 June at 9pm.
The launch will be going head-to-head with ‘Big Brother’ in the schedules, as the first episode of the Channel 5 series also airs on the same night. However, ‘BB’ will have a half hour’s head start over its rival, with bosses seemingly intent on stealing ratings glory.
It has also been reported bosses have decided to extend the series by a week, after the success of last year’s show.
Who is hosting?
Despite having a reduced role on the show last year, Caroline Flack is returning as the main presenter, and it seems we will be seeing a lot more of her this time around.
In addition to her usual appearances in the villa, she’ll also be fronting a weekly live show à la ‘Big Brother’s Bit On The Side’ called ‘Aftersun’, which will see celebrity guests and members of the public voicing their views about the latest action from the show.
Comedian Ian Sterling is also expected to return as narrator, giving his unique take on all the highlights from the villa.
How can I apply to be on ‘Love Island’?
If you are hoping to be among those cast away on ‘Love Island’ in 2017, you’re too late as applications closed at the end of April. A record 55,000 people applied to be on this year’s series.
Who is taking part?
Former ‘Big Brother’ house guest Bernardo Belmar is among those rumoured to be packing up his suitcase and heading to the island of love this year. ‘BB’ fans will remember him as the ex-lover of housemate Laura Carter, who made a guest appearance in the house as part of a task.
Also among those who have been linked to the series include 21-year-old Jane Parks, who hit headlines earlier this year, when she announced plans to sue the lottery following a £1 million win when she was 17.
Michelle Keegan may also want to give the show a wide-berth, as it has also been claimed her model ex-boyfriend Brad Howard has been eyed-up by producers. The pair dated for two years before splitting in 2010.
Sophia Maria, the daughter of ‘BB9’ housemate Lisa Appleton, was also rumoured to be appearing, but is said to have pulled out after finding love.
Caroline previously teased this year’s applicants on Twitter, writing: “I saw the casting tapes for this years Love Islands peeps yesterday .... LOTS OF TATS... LOTS OF SKIN... LOTS OF LOLS.”
Is anyone returning?
It has been claimed former contestant Katie Salmon is being lined up for an explosive return to the villa, after causing a right old stir last year.
Fans will remember she became involved in a love triangle with couple Sophie Gradon and Tom Powell. And while her relationship with Sophie soon fizzled out after the latter quit the villa to be with Tom, Katie wasted no time in moving on with Adam Maxted.
Producers are hoping she could cause similar drama during a second stint in the villa, and The Sun has claimed they have already approached her about it.
Where is the villa this year?
It has been reported that after two years in its previous home, ‘Love Island’ is moving to a new villa. It will still be based in Majorca, but the Birmingham Mail has claimed the shenanigans will take place at a luxury pad in the small town of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar.
While ITV are still to confirm the news, you can take a nosy around the rumored new gaff below:
Is there a trailer?
Yes, and it’s a suitably saucy affair. “Get ready for the heatwave,” warns Caroline. We can’t wait.
Watch it below...