Love Island 2021 will welcome LGBT+ singletons, despite producers saying it could cause ‘logistical difficulties’.
Although the reality TV show has previously included bisexual contestants, the show has never had a gay couple.
The programme has faced criticism for not being diverse enough in previous years.
In a 2017 interview with The Times, an ITV boss revealed he would love the show to include LGBT+ singletons.
He said: “You are trying to make couples.
“It is not impossible and it is not something that we shy away from… but there is a logistical element which makes it difficult.”
It’s believed the success of ITV2’s LGBT+-inclusive show The Cabin – which also pairs up singletons – has contributed to the decision.
How do I apply for Love Island 2021?
An application form on the official ITV website says they are on the hunt for ‘vibrant singles’ who fancy a ‘summer of love’.
It reads: “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 win the hearts of the public and their fellow Islanders who ultimately decide their fate on Love Island.”
The deadline is April 30 and applicants must be 18 or over and available for 10 consecutive weeks.
Will Love Island 2021 be filmed in the UK?
ITV bosses have confirmed Love Island UK is going to be at its usual home in Majorca.
Previously, it was rumoured that the show would have to be set in Jersey, in the Channel Islands.
At the time, a source told The Daily Star: “Everyone is keen to make this happen. Strictly and Dancing On Ice have happened against the odds and they’re determined that Love Island can do the same.
“Producers are aware that international travel will still be restricted, so they are having to plan around that.”
Who is the presenter of Love Island 2021?
Laura Whitmore will present the 2021 series.
The 35-year-old, who recently welcomed her first child, took over from Caroline Flack last year.
Announcing the news on Instagram at the time, she said: “To say I’m excited to be heading to Cape Town to host Love Island, the biggest show on television, is an understatement.
“I want to thank ITV for trusting me at the helm of this huge show. I wish it was in better circumstances – Caroline is a brilliant host and also a friend. We’ve spoken a lot in the last few days since she stepped down.
“She has been very kind to me and strongly pushed me for this role. I’ve watched her host every series and know I have big boots to fill. I will try and do it justice.
“Above all, I am a massive fan of this show. I’ve never been to the Love Island villa, and I can’t wait to get in there to meet all the new islanders looking for love.
“The Love Island team are the best in the business… including the voice and heart of the show, Iain. He thought he was getting a holiday away from me… not a chance.”
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