We’re still not over Kem and Amber’s split, but Love Island is already back for a new series with a villa full of swimsuit-clad contestants looking for romance.
If you’re wondering what the schedule is over the summer, read on for all you need to know about how the series will play out.
How long is Love Island?
Fans of the show will be thrilled to know that 2018 sees the longest series yet of Love Island.
Series four will air every night for eight weeks, making it a week longer than the 2017 series and two weeks longer than its first two runs.
Love Island was addictive viewing in 2017 and the most talked about show of the summer, so ITV2 clearly have no worries about drawing back the viewers for that length of time.
If you’re an avid viewer of the reality series, you could well avoid seeing any real-life sun at all over the coming weeks as there’s a new hour-long episode to catch up on every day.
So far, there are seven female and six male contestants in the villa, but we know from previous experience that new singles could be added or sent home at any time.
When is the 2018 final?
There has been no official date announced for the final yet, but we can make a pretty good guess at when it will be.
In 2017, Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies were crowned the winning couple on Monday, July 24 and we know that this year’s contest will run for a week longer.
So again, we’re expecting host Caroline Flack to announce the winners in a live show on a Monday, and counting forward from the start date that would seem to place it on Monday, July 30.
How do you win Love Island?
How indeed? That’s the question that the villa’s new residents will be asking themselves right now.
If you’re looking at how the show works, the format is simply to be in the viewers’ favourite couple by the live final.
So the contestants, who are all single, are expected to pair off with each other, but watch out! That doesn’t mean their partner is set in stone, as 'recouplings' happen at intervals throughout the show’s run.
Once the couples have got to know each other a little better, they are given the chance to be with someone else they might prefer during a recoupling.
Anyone who is left single at the end of the recoupling will be dumped from the show, which is how the contestants start to be whittled down – especially if there’s an odd number.
Last year, three couples made it to the final and viewers got to vote on who their favourite was to bag the £50,000 prize.
The couple were asked separately whether or not they wanted to split the prize money, and if one had said yes they would have bagged the lot. Kem and Amber chose to split the £50k (hooray!) although they had broken up by December (boo).
Love Island continues every day at 9pm on ITV2.
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