Not to be dramatic or anything, but Love Island has been the highlight of our summer. From the epic love story of Jani to muggy Megan, this year has produced some unforgettable islanders. But unfortunately, island time is coming to a close, and naturally we're devastated (ok slight exaggeration!).
Due to it’s popularity Love Island was extended to run for 8 weeks this year. Meaning that since it started on Monday 4 June, the Love Island 2018 finale will be on Monday 30 July, when we finally get to meet our winners. This gives us one week to mentally prepare for the end of Love Island and work out how we’ll fill the 9pm void in our lives.
Looking for a Love Island refresher? Read on...
It's official, after months of speculation ITV have confirmed Love Island 2018 will start on Monday 4 June at 9pm, meaning there's just one week to go. ITV have even created a Facebook event to make sure you don't forget; as if ever we would. Better cancel those plans then, because for the next six weeks we're busy.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, Love Island is a reality TV show in which 12 singletons stay in a luxury villa in Majorca, and in order to stay on the island they must couple up with another islander. Each week islanders who fail to couple up are voted off the island, and the winners are voted for by the public and win £50,000; sounds like fun right?
Love Island usually runs for 6 weeks, however this year, due to the phenomenal success of last year, the producers have extended it to run for 8 weeks this year; we couldn't be happier!
Love Island will be aired every day (except Saturdays) at 9pm on ITV2, on Sundays you can tune in live to Aftersun straight after the main show for all the latest gossip straight from the villa. If you can't get enough Love Island (and let's face it, who can) you'll be pleased to know that this year Kem Cetinay and Arielle Free will be hosting The Morning After podcast 6 days a week, breaking down all the drama from the night before.
ITV have already released a full line-up of this year's 11 sexy singletons, read more about them here. Because of the nature of the show, new contestants will be added throughout the 8 weeks, we'll update you on them as they arrive.
Applications are still open for this year’s series so you could still have a chance of being one of this year's islanders.
Like the last two years, Love Island will be presented by Caroline Flack and voiced over by Iain Stirling. TBH we can't imagine the show without them.
Despite rumours that same-sex couples would be included in this year’s line-up, ITV bosses have now confirmed that there won’t be LGBTQ+ contestants. ITV’s Head of Digital Channels Paul Mortimer said: "The format doesn’t really allow it. If you’re familiar with the programme, it’s about coupling and re-coupling". He blamed the format of the show for this, "To complicate it with same-sex relationships is to take something away from the format.”
The Love Island villa is the same luxury pad as last year on the island of Majorca, however this year it's had a few subtle upgrades. It still has the same large shared bedroom with Love Island themed slogans on the walls, the outside area has an infinity pool, jacuzzi, gym area and al-fresco bar as well as the infamous fire pit where the weekly coupling session takes place.
The villa is home to 72 hidden cameras and microphones which capture all the action as it unfolds. Last year a secret second villa was introduced for the first time and bosses are said to be keen to reintroduce it again this year.
Good news because applications are still open, so if you reckon you’ve got what it takes to couple up and win then you’ve got until 30 April to apply. More than 60,000 people applied within the first 12 hours when applications opened in December. All you need to do is fill in the application form, upload a headshot and a full length picture of yourself, as well as a video explaining why you’d make the perfect contestant. You must be over 18 and be available for a minimum of 10 weeks between May and July.