Popular ITV2 reality dating show, Love Island, will include gay and lesbian contestants in the upcoming series, according to reports.
The show dominated screens last season and it seemed as though everybody was talking about it.
Last year, ITV2 faced backlash after it was revealed there was ‘no plan to have LGBT contestants on the show’.
However it now seems they may well be getting their stuff 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.
In 2016, bisexual contestants Katie Salmon and Sophie Gradon entered the house but they were told they weren’t allowed to couple up to be in with a chance of winning the £50,000 prize.
Despite this, they did hook up during the show while still seeing their ‘official partners’.
In 2017, we saw some golden moments which provided us with laughter and tears aplenty but now, applications are out for next year if you think you could do it better:
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If you fancy going on the show, you can apply now – you’ve got until the deadline of April 30 to get your applications in.
On the advert it says:
ITV2 are looking for vibrant singles from across the UK who want to head to the sun, in search of a summer of love.
The chosen cast will spend time in a luxury villa, getting to know one another – but to remain in paradise they must also win the hearts of the public.
They also have a bunch of extra requirements to make sure you’re eligible to appear on what will surely be the year’s biggest show?
You must be aged at least 18 before the closing date and have a valid passport and not be, in any way, affiliated with the companies producing the show.
Here are the full requirements:
1. You are not:
a. currently employed by us, Motion or the Broadcaster and have not been previously employed by us, any of the ITV group of companies, Motion or the Broadcaster; or
b. a live-in partner or immediate relative (for example, mother, father, son, daughter, brother or sister) of an employee of ours, Motion, the Broadcaster or any of the ITV group of companies.
2. You must hold a passport which will be valid for the whole period of 01 May 2018 to 31 August 2018 (inclusive), and any other travel documentation (e.g. visas) required to allow you to travel and stay within the European Union during that period. You also agree to notify us immediately of any change to your passport or travel status.
3. You must be exclusively available to participate in the Programme for a minimum of ten weeks across May 2018.
Who’s up for it then?