After a year of absence from the screens, Love Island is finally back for summer 2021.
If your love life has suffered due to the pandemic, applications for the show's seventh series are still open – and it's as easy as sending in your form through Tinder. Here's how to apply.
How can I apply for Love Island 2021?
If you're looking to find love under the sun, ITV's applications for Love Island 2021 are open until July 15, 2021, allowing new islanders to join the adventure even after the launch.
Applications were first set to close on Friday, April 30 2021.
The channel writes: "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!"
You can apply here.
Ex-Love Island contestant Chris Williamson gave his advice to aspiring contestants.
He said: "You need to show the producers you'll get involved."
"A well-curated social media feed is important".
He continued: "Those 50 dog photos may be exciting to you, but the executives at ITV probably don't care".
Former contestant Montana Brown offered her tips, saying: "Don't just blend into the background. Remember some really funny stories and tell [the executives].
"Don't just say 'Oh I'm really fun'. Yeah but why are you fun? What makes you different."
How do I apply for Love Island through Tinder?
Those looking for love can also apply to appear on this year's show directly through the popular dating app.
Swipe Cards in between Tinder members' stack of potential matches have appeared on March 22 2021.
Users have to simply swipe right on the Swipe Card and their official Tinder profile will be submitted to the Tinder team for review and verification.
If selected, Tinder members will then be added to a Priority List and guaranteed to be seen by the casting team.
When will Love Island 2021 start?
Love Island's summer edition usually runs from the beginning of June for eight weeks until August.
However, as the pandemic has altered the course of events, the 2021 edition will air at the end of June.
Save the date : ITV2 has confirmed that the reality show will return to the screens on Monday, June 28 2021.
In the meantime, a teaser clip starring host Laura Whitmore has been released.
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Where will Love Island be held?
Odds from Ladbrokes put it at 2/1 that the show will be filmed atthe classic Majorcan villa we know and love.
For its comeback to the screens, Love Island will be returning to its infamous Spanish home in Mallorca.
The modern villa is located in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar and has housed some wild antics in previous series.
Laura Whitmore – who took over from the late Caroline Flack – was pictured filming the promo in the villa.
In the case of another lockdown situation, ITV secured Jersey as a second choice according to The Mirror.
An insider said: "The Channel Islands get plenty of sunshine so it makes sense to hold Love Island there if we can't get back to Spain,”
“Either way we're going to put out a belting series. Viewers have missed Love Island for the whole of 2020 and they're desperate to have it back. They're going to love what we do, wherever we do it.”
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