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Everything you need to know about Love Island 2019

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01 May 2019

Arguably the greatest thing to grace reality TV, like, ever, Love Island has had us racing to our sofas for the past few summers quicker than Caroline Flack on her way to boot an islander out of the villa.

And now, a year since we were blessed with Hayley's analysis of Brexit, Georgia's undying loyalty and Dr Alex's discombobulating sunburn, Love Island 2019 is upon us.

GLAMOUR UK went jetting into the villa to keep you up-to-date with all the essential details and insider hacks. Here's absolutely everything a Love Island aficionado could hope to know.

Let's crack on...

When is Love Island on TV?

The much-anticipated show will be gracing our screens as of Monday 3rd June, shown on ITV2.

With an episode at 9pm every evening Monday-Friday and Sunday's show as well, it's no secret you'll have to cancel all your upcoming plans.

Who are the Love Island 2019 Cast?

Just a few days before the villa graced our screens, we were blessed with the full line-up of the 2019 Love Island cast and contestants.

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From Irish scientist Yewande to surfer-girl Lucie, and ballroom-dancing Curtis to boxer Tommy, there's a whole host of new characters to get to know.

However, issues surrounding diversity of the Love Island cast have been repeatedly challenged, leading the producers to comment on the lack of body diversity in the villa.

Where is the Love Island villa?

This year, we are of course back in sunny Mallorca, Spain. Yes, the cameras will be 'fly on the wall' for our entertainment, placed around the newly refurbished Love Island villa.

How do I apply for Love Island 2019?

If you want to score yourself a spot in the villa this year, here's exactly how to apply for Love Island, along with some top tips from producers.

Who are the Love Island presenters?

The stunning Caroline Flack will be back once again to present the much-loved show that she's starred on since its incarnation, alongside the comical voice-over narration of Iain Stirling.

We caught up with Caroline ahead of this year's show, and here's what she had to say about giving romantic advice.

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Where can I buy Love Island merchandise?

If you're looking for one of the infamous Love Island water bottles, they're purchasable through the show's app.

This year has also seen the launch of a new Love Island makeup range, LoveBurst. We have helpfully reviewed every single product in the cruelty-free collection, so you can suss the vibes before you get your hands on it.

What is the Love Island duty of care?

It has been a difficult year for the show, following the suicides of former contestant Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon, who died last June. Multiple questions were raised concerning the effects of reality TV on mental health.

In light of concerns, the ITV execs and production team of the show have spoken publicly about processes in place to ensure contestants' wellbeing, and announced a clearly outlined duty of care regime.

When does Love Island finish?

2018 saw the longest run for Love Island ever, as it filled our evenings for a whole eight weeks. We have no confirmation on the length of series five just yet, but we're hoping it could extend to even longer...

Be sure to keep updated on Love Island news as we cover the 2019 season with the latest and greatest tales from the villa.

What we want from Love Island 2019, according to freelance journalist, Marie-Claire Chappet

Love Island may not be back on our screens yet, but the ITV bikini-based reality show has been hitting headlines for famously receiving more applicants than Cambridge and Oxford universities combined. The upcoming series saw 85,000 hopeful contestants applied to appear on ITV's Love Island, surpassing the 36,000 who applied to Oxbridge. So, what do you want to see from Love Island 2019? Another Jani, more drama, more NHS staffers?

The persistent criticism of the show, besides the duvet dancing after dark, is its lack of diversity. It presents a remarkably narrow-view of UK society. More representation for different facets of society would be an excellent place to start.

The cast of Love Island are a homogenous bunch, and by that I don’t just mean race, which is in itself another issue entirely. The inclusion of Camilla Thurlow and Dr Alex have exposed some rather uncomfortable truths about the still rigid divides that exist in our society. Both were shocking anomalies: posh people.

Put simply, Love Island invites only one type of person. The fact that there was a doctor, a lawyer, a civil servant and a nuclear engineer in the house this year, was remarkable. Yet neither Rosie, Zara or Wes stood out because they still fit the Love Island mould; their dress sense, colloquialisms and cultural frames of reference were harmonious. It was only Dr Alex’s inclusion that really ruffled some people’s Missguided bikinis.

The worship he received from the islanders was borne out of a curious blending of awe and pity. This curdled within him to become a worrying sense of entitlement that bordered on INCEL behaviour. "I am poor unlucky in love Dr Alex", he practically printed on his T-shirts, "should you not feel obligated to love me?" "You can bring a DOCTOR home to your mother", the other islanders practically screamed at any incoming females, at the same time as sexually rejecting him themselves for the seemingly insurmountable gulf in their experiences.

Samira suffered a similar fate to Alex in the romance stakes, but her plight was never as agonised over, nor as pitied as Alex’s. Alex’s lack of romantic success was practically unthinkable because - doesn’t every woman want a doctor, even a supremely awkward one? Yet Samira’s consistent rejections were just as upsetting to watch, and came with none of the support - nor the shock.

Samira was the only dark-skinned women of colour in the villa. She herself has spoken about it at great length since leaving the show. She has disclosed how, despite not wanting to, it was hard not to attach a racial element to her constant knock-backs and lack of screen time and the responsibility she felt to represent on the show. She would not have felt this unnecessary burden, nor felt so isolated, were the cast more naturally diverse.

Diversity in terms of race and class is one thing, and trust me, I would love to see a show that showed a more varied range of intellects, races and social groups. But unless this mix is a truly authentic one, and not just the tokenism of an A&E doctor air-dropped in like a Red Cross package social experiment, I would rather see something completely different.

Next year I want an LGBTQ Love Island. I don’t want it to be called that, I also don’t want it to be a secondary show alongside Love Island in its regularly scheduled heteronormative mould. I want it to be next year’s Love Island, exactly as it is, but with queer and trans contestants instead. Sure, the logistics may be tricky, but how bloody glorious would it be, if the most popular show on TV right now gave its platform to the LGBTQ community and, instead of othering them into their own version of the show, just gave them the show for the entire summer?

I want to see the British public as invested in the love lives of same sex couples as they got about Jack and Dani. The enormous window of opportunity the Love Island producers have cannot be wasted. With this great power over our summer watching habits comes great responsibility. I hope they use it wisely. A lot of positive change could happen if they do.

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