With the sad Love Island-shaped hole left in our lives in 2020, we've got full faith that Love Island 2021 is going to be an absolute banger when it returns in just a few days. ITV promised it would be "back stronger than ever in 2021", and by the looks of the official opening scene which ITV just dropped (thank you so much), they're not wrong.
When does Love Island 2021 start?
It's official: 28th June 2021! The official account wrote on Twitter, " A hot date for your diary: #LoveIsland returns to @itv2 and @itvhub on Monday 28th June!"
Previously, when it was unknown whether Love Island would definitely happen in 2021, Laura Whitmore put our mind at ease. "I have been told that it’s coming back," she told The Telegraph's Stella magazine in February. "I love doing it, it’s such a fun show.
"And I actually think it’s been good to have had that break, for everyone who works on it, because we all went through a loss. It’s nice to realise how much people missed the show. Apparently applications are crazy this year."
Is there a Love Island trailer?
Not only do we have a trailer (more on that below) we also have the official Love Island 2021 opening scene (!!!) and we can already tell this season is going to be wild.
On June 5, ITV2 released a new trailer for the upcoming season. In the clip, we see lots of singletons running through the streets in swimwear, along with presenter Laura Whitmore. We also hear the iconic "I've got a text" line, and a remix of the show's soundtrack. At the end of the trailer, narrator Iain Sterling shouts, "This is not a drill."
In addition to the new full-length clip, last month ITV2 released not one but two teasers. The first shows the infamous red car used to transport the cast to the villa. And in the second teaser, Laura rocks a killer red jumpsuit as she smashes a heart-shaped glass box, which says: "In case of Love Island, crack on."
So, clear your calendars and get ready for a summer of love, because... This. Is. Not. A. Drill.
Where will Love Island 2021 be filmed?
In mid-May, ITV commissioner Amanda Stavri revealed the series was most likely going ahead in Spain, aka "the home of Love Island." She told Radio Times, "We haven’t announced anything officially but Mallorca is very much the home of Love Island. We did look into some back-up plans but we were all very much focused on making it happen in Majorca, which is where it belongs quite frankly."
The Love Island 2021 contestants
How to apply for Love Island 2021
The Love Island application form is still currently live, which means if you fancy yourself as the next Amber Gill, Molly-Mae Hague or Maura Higgins and want an extended, all-expenses paid holiday (and of course the chance to find love!), you should apply! You can fill out the initial application form right here. The ad reads:
ITV2 are looking for vibrant singles from across the UK who are searching for love! Our Islanders spend time in a luxury villa in the hope of finding love, but to remain in paradise they must win the hearts of the public and their fellow Islanders, who ultimately decide their fate on Love Island. If you think you’ve got what it takes, then we want to hear from you!
In order to apply, you have to be aged 18 or over, you can't be employed by ITV or have an immediate relative who works for the broadcaster, you need a passport which is valid until at least February 2022, and you need to be free for a minimum of 10 weeks to participate in the programme.
Oh, and if you're on Tinder you can now apply to appear on the show straight through the app. If selected, you will be added to a ‘Priority List’ and guaranteed to be seen by the Love Island casting team. Swipe Cards will appear in between Tinder members' stack of potential matches - so all you need to do is Swipe Right on the Swipe Card and your official Tinder profile will be submitted to the team at Tinder for review and verification.
If your profile is selected by the Tinder team, show hopefuls will be contacted via email. The email will ask for confirmation of details, and as soon as these are completed and returned, the Tinder member will be added to a prioritised list for the Love Island casting team.
And if you want some tips from a Love Island casting producer on what they ask the applicants once you complete the initial form, check out this handy guide.
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