Love Island was the hottest show of last year being the only thing the country was talking about during the summer.
Since the series ended we have been suffering from serious withdrawal symptoms struggling to find another programme to satisfy our cravings for mindless reality show drama.
But there is no need to worry any more as host Caroline Flack has confirmed the hit show will be returning in June.
Yesterday Flack retweeted a gossip account called ‘Celebrity Secrets’ which was expressing its excitement for the show’s return.
The tweet read:
Only two months to go until Love Island returns to ITV2 with Caroline Flack.
— Celebrity Secrets. (@ShowbizSecrets) April 2, 2018
Of course this was based on rumours circulating online but Flack decided to finally confirm the news leaving us all quivering with excitement.
Sharing the tweet the host wrote ‘two months’ complete with the side eyes emoji:
And as if that wasn’t enough confirmation, Flack pinned a throwback tweet to her account from last year’s launch date June 5.
The pinned tweet simply reads:
It’s LOVE ISLAND DAY!
It appears Flack is as excited as we are to see what happens to the Islanders in this upcoming series.
Only four hours ago she took to Instagram to share a cheeky selfie captioned with:
Exciting PROMO WEEK ahead How has it been a year???? Where does time go?
We feel you Caroline. We feel you.
Following the success of last year’s show, thousands and thousands of people have applied to take part and bag themselves a place in the villa.
And for the first time ever the show will include gay contestants, both male and female.
Last year the hit ITV2 programme faced serious backlash after it came out there was no plan to feature LGBT people on the show.
Now it appears they are finally getting their act together.
A source told The Daily Star:
Love Island was undoubtedly the biggest reality show this year, it had everyone talking. Even people who weren’t watching the show still heard about it.
The main thing they came under fire for was sex on TV, which people have now started to accept, so come next series, people won’t really care about that.
ITV want to increase the shock factor of the show and keep people talking, by having LGBT people included.
The LGBT community make up a huge part of their audience – and ITV have been called out after boss Kevin Lygo said there are ‘quite enough gay people on television’ at the Edinburgh Festival.
I’m a Celeb and Love Island‘s exec producer Richard Cowles also said in the past how it’d be hard for them to ‘make it work’, but the feeling is ‘can’t do it, won’t do it’.
Love Island is supposed to be a reflection of pop culture and shows modern dating. Young people are becoming more and more fluid in their sexuality and gender identity, so the channel have realised they can’t alienate that audience, either.
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In 2016 the show did feature two bisexual contestants, Katie Salmon and Sophie Gradon, but the pair were reportedly informed they could not couple up.
The pair did hook up though while still seeing their ‘official partners’.
It really is about time Love Island allowed LGBT contestants.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.