Love Island 2018 – When is the reality show back? Who is taking part? All you need to know

Rejoice! The ITV2 series is returning for a fourth season this summer.

If you’ve been feeling something missing from your TV viewing schedule since the end of summer 2017, you’ll be thrilled to hear that Love Island is prepping for a whole new boatload of singles looking for love.

The hugely popular reality series has got a fourth season coming up on ITV2 and it looks as though we won’t have long to wait before we find out who 2018’s Kem and Amber (or more to the point, Kem and Chris) will be.

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We’ve got all info you need about the forthcoming series of Love Island.

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When is Love Island returning?

The third series started on Monday, June 4th at 9pm on ITV2 with presenter Caroline Flack and comedian and narrator Iain Stirling returning,

The series is running for its longest ever series, 8 weeks, and is expected to conclude with a final on Monday, July 30.

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What is Love Island?

If you’re not yet initiated into the all-encompassing world of Love Island, you have a lot to look forward to this summer.

The programme is a reality contest that sees a group of single contestants shacked up in a luxury villa in Majorca, where they’re set a series of challenges and games.

It’s part Big-Brother-style entertainment as the contestants are filmed around the clock, but the main aim is for them to couple off and win the £50,000 prize together as the viewers’ favourite pair.

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But the course of true love never runs smoothly, so it’s common to see contestants dumping early partners and recoupling with someone else – awkward when they’re all sharing bedrooms.

The 2017 winning couple was Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies, who have since sadly gone their separate ways.

However, the enduring bromance of the series - between Kem and his best mate Chris Hughes - was arguably the most compelling love story and is still going strong today.

Who is presenting the series?

Previous series have seen Caroline Flack at the helm, and this year the Strictly Come Dancing winner is expected to return to guide the contestants through their search for love.

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A first-look trailer showed suitcases labelled 'Caroline' and 'Iain', leading us to assume that comedian Iain Stirling will also be back as the show’s narrator.

Caroline Flack's preview for series 4

Last year, Love Island fever swept the nation – what do you think made the series so special?

For me, all three series have been special. The momentum has picked up as it’s gone along, which is always nice to see in a series. I don’t think any series has been more special than another. I still have a special place in my heart for series one. Last year, we reached a bigger audience across different ages. I think people started realising the show is a lot more than what it might seem on the surface. People have realised it’s so much more than just being another reality show. It’s about real relationships and how they develop and people always see a bit of themselves in everyone.

If you were responsible for casting the show, what main attributes would you be looking for?

As diverse as possible with lots of different character types. I quite like it when we put people in who are a bit older. We have a few in this year who are maybe a bit more experienced. I always like the girls and guys in there that I relate to; the ones who have made a few mistakes. We all make mistakes and it’s good to know other people do as well.

For someone who has never watched the show, what do you think the biggest misconception about it is?

I think they might think it’s soulless, but in fact that’s the opposite of what it is. I think if you watch it reminds you of the old fashioned way of dating.

These days, when everyone is on Tinder and Instagram, and on their mobile phones, it actually is the style of having a conversation and getting to know one another. It’s old school dating.

Who will the contestants be?

When applications opened at the end of December, it’s said that more than 60,000 people put their names forward to register their interest in the first 12 hours.

Love Island 2018 contestants cast

The first 11 contestants are Adam Collard, Alex George, Dani Dyer, Eyal Booker, Hayley Hughes, Jack Fincham, Kendall Rae-Knight, Laura Anderson, Niall Aslam, Samira Mighty and Wes Nelson.

First pictures in the Love Island Villa

The brand new series starts Monday night on ITV2 and these pictures show the girls and boys arriving at the villa ahead of the series' first coupling up.

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The cast opening tease

Dating has been a disaster for these singles, but their luck is about to change! It's time to ​leave behind the daily grind,​  because a long, hot summer of love awaits… Love Island returns Monday 4th June at 9pm on ITV2.


Is there a trailer?

ITV2 released a first-look trailer for the forthcoming series, but unfortunately it doesn’t give much away.

Love Island will return on Monday, June 4th at 9pm on ITV2.

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