Love Island may have started out as a niche show tucked away on ITV2, but it has fast become the reality TV highlight of the year.
Summer doesn’t really begin until Love Island does, so we can’t wait for the start of the new series.
Potential couples will be jetting off to Mallorca in the next few weeks – but who will be loyal to their new lovers? And who will be flying home early?
When is Love Island back on TV?
The new series of Love Island will start on Monday June 3, ITV has confirmed.
The series, which sees singletons battling it out to find love and win a cash prize in an idyllic villa in Majorca, has been a ratings success for ITV, with last year’s series averaging nearly three million viewers per episode.
The final episode drew 3.6 million viewers, according to overnight ratings, which was the biggest audience ever for an ITV2 programme.
Last year’s series was won by Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham, who have since separated.
What time is Love Island on TV?
The first week schedule is:
Monday 3 June: 9pm - 10.35pm
Tuesday 4 June: 9pm - 10.05pm
Wednesday 5 June: 9pm - 10pm
Thursday 6 June: 9pm - 10pm
Friday 7 June: 9pm - 10.05pm
Who are the islanders? Meet the contestants and cast
The full cast for the first episode has been revealed and includes 23-year-old scientist Yewande Biala, 21-year-old surfer Lucie Donlan, Geordie beauty therapist Amber Gill, air hostess Amy Hart and pharamcist Ann Vakili.
The boys include Scottish gym owner Anton Danyluk, Tyson Fury's brother Tommy, 22-year-old caterer Joe Garratt, Liverpudlian firefighter Michael Griffiths and rugby player Sherif Lanre.
Completing the lineup are Welsh aircarft engineer Callum Macleod and ballroom dancer Curtis Pritchard, who is a pro on Ireland's Dancing with the Stars and the brother of Strictly Come Dancing's AJ Pritchard.
Casa Amor and lie detectors scrapped
Under pressure and scrutiny about the duty of care for the contestants, there are rumours ITV2 are reducing the number of dramatic twists that shock the contestants. That could potentially mean the show's harsher moments, such as the second villa and lie detectors won't be back in 2019.
ITV2's Angela Rain said: "We are going to do some tweaks. The lie detector is one episode and one element of 57 episodes. It’s not even a big deal in the format of the show. We are often reacting to the narrative in the villa, so we try and be entirely flexible about that."
Will it have a plus-size contestant?
Following criticism that the show sends damaging messages about body image, Love Island is reportedly planning to have its first plus-size contestant in 2019.
Jada Sezer, a size 16 model, is rumoured to be in this year's lineup.
Sezer was in the news last year when she ran a marathon wearing only her underwear alongside journalist Bryony Gordon.
The first batch of contestants has been revealed and Sezer isn't included. She has denied that she is taking part on her social media channels.
Responding to criticism about the limited body diversity on the show, creative director Richard Cowles told RadioTimes.com: "First and foremost, it’s an entertainment show and it’s about people wanting to watch who you’ve got on screen falling in love with one another.
"Yes, we want to be as representative as possible but we also want them to be attracted to one another.
"Also, we’re not saying that everyone that’s in there is how you’re supposed to look. We’re saying here’s a group of people that we want to watch for eight weeks, and we want to watch them fall in love. That's not at the front of our mind, but we do want to be as diverse as possible."
ITV2 boss Angela Jain added: "What we’ve tried to do again is have a huge range of personalities, people, hoping there’s someone in there for everyone and a slice of British life."
Who will present Love Island 2019?
As far as we know, there won’t be any changes to the presenting line-up this year, which has always been a hit with viewers.
We’re expecting to see Caroline Flack back at the villa for on-screen presenting duties and to hear comedian Iain Stirling’s familiar voice narrating all of the island action.
How many contestants/islanders will there be?
Last year saw the highest number of arrivals to the villa of any series so far – altogether, there were 38 contestants as singles were swapped in and out to find the perfect match.
Although this isn’t a celebrity contest (like the original Love Island of 2005 which it’s based on), some viewers may already have been familiar with last year's star Dani Dyer.
Her dad is the hard man actor Danny Dyer, and she’d previously taken part in another bikini-clad ITV2 reality contest, Survival of the Fittest, at the beginning of 2018.
The show also has some celebrity links this year with Tyson Fury's brother and Strictly Come Dancing's AJ Pritchard's brother taking part.
Where is the villa?
Details of the villa that will be home to the contestants for the summer are yet to be announced, but there have been two used so far in previous series.
If it returns to the same place that was the setting for such romances as Dani and Jack, Kem and Amber, and Chris and Olivia, we’ll be back on the east coast of Mallorca.
The huge, luxurious villa is in the small town of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar and also includes a second nearby villa, Casa Amor, where sub-groups of contestants are sometimes sent for a few days to shake things up.
All beds in the villa are doubles and are all in the same room, which could make things super awkward after recouplings, but there’s also the Hideaway which is a private bedroom for couples looking for alone time.
The Beach Hut is the villa’s interview room where contestants can tell us their version of what’s been going on, and the Pod is where they can receive messages from home.
Love Islanders are known for their passion for fitness, so the villa also includes a gym, pool, and hot tub.
Who won Love Island 2018? Which couples are still together?
Last year’s winning couple who took home the £50,000 prize money was Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham.
They’ve had an on-off relationship over the past year, but recently split for what appears to be the final time with Jack announcing the news on social media.
Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies, who won the show in 2017, also split a few months after the show ended, as did Kem’s best mate Chris Hughes and his Love Island partner Olivia Attwood.
Series two winners Cara De La Hoyde and Nathan Massey were loved up for a while after their win, but split during Cara’s pregnancy. However, their love story had a happy ending as they got back together just before the birth of son Freddie-George.
Jessica Hayes and Max Morley, who won the first series of the rebooted show, also split not long afterwards and are both now in new relationships, with Jessica engaged to her boyfriend.
Although they didn’t win the show, Wes Nelson and Megan Barton-Hanson were a popular couple in the 2018 series but split very publically during Wes’s time on Dancing on Ice.
It was rumoured that Megan was jealous of Wes’s relationship with his professional skating partner Vanessa Bauer, and that he was struggling to make time for their relationship due to training commitments.
Are there any major changes for series 5?
It’s been a very tough time for former Love Islanders following the recent death of ex-contestant Mike Thalassitis.
Sadly, this hasn’t been the only tragedy to hit stars of the show as former contestant Sophie Gradon and her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong (not a Love Island contestant) died within weeks of each other in the summer 2018.
Following Sophie and Mike’s deaths, their former co-stars spoke out about the difficulty of returning to normal life after becoming famous on the show, and called for more support from producers.
The Love Island team have confirmed that they use a GP and a psychologist to support the contestants before, during, and after the show has ended, and that they plan to extend their support for the coming series.
Counselling will be offered to all contestants after the show, and not just those who ask for further support, and each islander will be offered training in dealing with social media and financial management.
Love Island responds to duty of care concerns
ITV has published its duty of care procedure in anticipation of the new series of Love Island, responding to allegations that they don't offer adequate support to the contestants.
The key changes this year are – enhanced psychological support, more detailed conversations with potential Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show, bespoke training for all Islanders on social media and financial management and a proactive aftercare package which extends our support to all Islanders following their participation.
Creative Director ITV Studios Entertainment Richard Cowles said: "We're very excited that Love Island is back for another series. It is the nation’s favourite dating show and we have a fabulous new cast of young singles all looking for love and ready for a summer of romance in the iconic Love Island villa.
"The format of the new series will be familiar to Love Island viewers and we can't wait to see how the new Islanders take to life in the villa and how relationships blossom. We hope that viewers will be hooked as they watch these young singles fall in love - hopefully it will be a summer to remember for both the Islanders and our viewers.
"Due to the success of the show our Islanders can find themselves in the public eye following their appearance. We really want to make sure they have given real consideration to this and what appearing on TV entails. Discussing all of this with us forms a big part of the casting process and, ultimately, their decision to take part.
"Also, as we are outlining today our welfare processes follow three key stages: pre-filming, filming and aftercare and we are increasing our post filming support to help Islanders following their time in villa."
Former Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Litchfield who has extensive experience in the area of mental health, said: "I have reviewed Love Island's duty of care processes from end to end and they show a degree of diligence that demonstrates the seriousness with which this is taken by the production team.
"The processes and the support offered to Islanders have necessarily evolved as the show has developed and grown in popularity. The aim throughout has been to identify vulnerabilities at an early stage so that necessary adjustments can be made or potential Islanders can be advised that the show is not right for them.
"A high level of professional expertise has been engaged to provide comprehensive support not only while young people are actively engaged with the show but also for an extended period when they are adjusting to life thereafter. Professional input is a key element in safeguarding the wellbeing of Islanders but the genuine caring attitudes I have observed from those who make the show are as important."
The full duty of care process has been published on ITV.com.
Love Island will start on Monday June 3 on ITV2.
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