Love Island 2017: All You Need To Know

ITV2’s smoochy Big Brother rival kicks off this Monday

Whose sun-kissed fling will capture the public’s imagination this year? ITV2’s dating bonanza Love Island herds singles into a luxury pad to mingle, with the public voting for which couples gel best.

The show’s proven a hit, even topping Channel 5’s Big Brother in the ratings – so it’s back for more. Here goes…

When does Love Island 2017 begin?

The islanders will date in the comfort of a stunning mansion

The new series kicks off at 9 pm on Monday 5th June on ITV2. It’s set to clash with the latest Big Brother launch (starting at 8:30 pm), so you’ll need to choose which bickering fame-seekers to watch first.

The 2017 run is set to be its longest series yet, lasting eight summery weeks instead of six. It’s also joined by AfterSun, a new Sunday night aftershow where a celebrity panel will digest the latest gossip from the villa – eliminated singles will also join them to chew over why their dating didn’t gel with viewers.

Who’s hosting?

Host Caroline Flack will get more hands-on with the drama than ever

Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor alumni Caroline Flack returns for her third year at the helm, providing occasional commentary to the contestants’ rollercoaster love-hunting. Iain Stirling is also returning to chirpily narrate the action.

Who’s taking part?

Caroline Flack with 2016’s champions, Nathan Massey and Cara De La Hoyde

11 sun-seeking singles will arrive on Monday, with more being parachuted in later to shake up the group’s dynamic.

Highlights include “no-nonsense” Motorsport Grid Girl Olivia Attwood, “cheeky chappy” hairdresser Kem Cetinay and “posh and sporty” economics student Montana Brown.

Music professional Marcel Somerville boasts he’s “always got a girl on the scene” – in fact, he’s previously courted eight of them at once. Oil rig worker Sam Gowland hopes to stir up some mayhem, warning that he’s “not here to make friends” – that’s in stark contrast 20-year-old dancer Amber Davies, who claims she’s “very real” and “won’t cause trouble”. We’ll see how long that lasts…

So, there we have it. Love Island 2017 hits your screens this Monday (5th June) at 9pm.

Will you be tuning in? Which lovebird has already caught your eye? Share your verdict at @CelebMix!

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Written by DanRybacki

CelebMix's TV fan loves little more than watching people press buzzers, get fired or come to blows over a can of soup in the Australian jungle. If it's a big reality format, he's watching - oh, and the horror genre's great too.