Love Island return “in motion” for 2016

Initial contestant casting has begun and signs look good for Caroline Flack to front the steamy show once again

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Grab your sunblock, cancel all of your summer plans and set your TV box to series record because ITV2’s Love Island is “in motion” for this summer, RadioTimes.com can exclusively reveal.

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“Initial casting is already underway,” a source close to the show told me. They stress it’s still early days. So, while you should certainly keep your polka dot bikini nearby, signatures haven’t quite made it onto that all important dotted line. 

Nevertheless, it seems show bosses are getting a head start, with those feelers already out for a new crop of sun and romance seekers. The show, a revamp of the 2005/2006 celebrity version, plonks singletons in a villa and – with the help of various games, dates and well-timed new arrivals – aims to match them up and break them up until there’s one winning doe-eyed duo left.

Last year’s winners Max Morley and Jess Hayes haven’t stayed together, but hey, better luck next time, right?

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As for the host, I’m told Caroline Flack is “expected” to return. The X Factor co-host was great on the show last year, offering witty commentary and to-the-point critique of the various islanders’ sometimes* (*often) questionable behaviour. You remember the thing about the train, right?

It seems the location is likely to be Mallorca again, with a two-year contract with the villa meaning they’d head back to the same spot, which boasted an outdoor kitchen and cool beach-themed pool.

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We should probably keep an eye out for some famous faces packing their bags too, with the last series having seen former The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright popping over to DJ a party one night, while recent jungle jane Ferne McCann also dropped in alongside original Celebrity Love Island star Paul Danan to offer commentary on the romantic goings on.

It’s no real surprise the series looks to be working its way back to our screens. It certainly proved fruitful for ITV2. During its run it was the number one show on the channel and at its highest, consolidated viewing figures saw it pull in 800,000 viewers. On average it enjoyed nightly viewing figures of half a million, which is well up on the average for that 9pm slot on the channel.

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It seems the contestants are not the only ones looking for love…