The start of a new year only means one thing here at heat: we are already counting down the days until a new series of Love Island is in our lives.
We’re here to bring you good news – applications are now OPEN for this year’s summer of love.
Fancy yourself as the next Maura Higgins or Molly-Mae Hague? Perhaps you want to follow in the footsteps of Liam Reardon or Luke Trotman? There’s good news if you’ve always dreamed of going on Love Island as applications for the 2022 series are now open.
Ahead of the new series, bosses are said to have made some changes to the applications process to enough a diverse range of singletons to apply following calls for the show to include wider representation of different body types, race and sexuality.
According to reports, those in charge of the ITV2 show are hoping to encourage applications from non-binary hopefuls – meaning those who do not identify as male or female.
The Sun has claimed that the application form gives would-be contestants the option to specify their gender as male, female, non-binary, prefer not to say and prefer to self-describe.
And after a casting call for LGBTQ+ Islanders on Tinder, applicants can describe their sexual orientation as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or other.
A TV insider told the publication, “Producers are under more pressure than ever to make this series as woke as possible after it has previously come under criticism for its lack of diversity.
“The move could make the basic rules of the show complicated, as each coupling ceremony separates boys and girls, but they are keen to have a non-binary contestant this year. It’s all about inclusivity and breaking down boundaries.”
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Now that applications are open, 2021 Islander Liberty Poole has offered her advice to those wanting to go through the long process of applying for the show. Despite being approached by show bosses, Liberty, who worked at Nandos before appearing on the show, she still had to go through the application process.
She told Grazia, “I've always sort of wanted to do [Love Island] but it's never been the right time until now.
“So I did get approached in my DMs, just asking if I would be interested. But I still had to go through the whole application process from start to finish in, there was no shortcut.”
After being inundated with questions about the process, Liberty recently shared some handy tips with her Instagram followers.
In a video uploaded to her Instagram stories, the 22-year-old said, "So I've had quite a few messages [in my DMs] asking me about my audition tape for Love Island and stuff now applications are back open, so I thought I’d just jump on here and help everyone out."
She continued, "I think just be yourself. I'm an absolute nutter and they liked it. Also, I think think outside the box."
Liberty, who fell in and out of love with co-star Jake Cornish whilst on the show, even got a bit creative with her application, "I did like a Periometer because I still worked at Nando's - so it still showed who I was but in a different way. Just like have fun with it. Don't be too serious.
“Reflect who you are while thinking outside the box. Mine was pure [cheese] because I'm the queen of cringe."
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The reality star even told followers what questioned they could be asked if they made it to an interview, including ‘if they had a party trick’.
There are a number of eligibility requirements for those applying, including a strict stipulation that candidates must be at least 18 at the date of their application.
Applicants can't be currently employed by ITV or other relevant companies connected to the programme - nor can they be the "immediate relative" or "live-in partner" of someone who works on Love Island.
If you want to apply for the next series of Love Island then applications for the next series are now open via the ITV website.