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In an effort to make the hit dating show more inclusive, ITV bosses have been looking for bisexual islanders to take to the Love Island villa this year.
Producers of the show are aiming for 40 per cent of contestants to be attracted to both genders, as it prepares to return to our screens this summer.
The show, which presenter Laura Whitmore has already been spotted filming for, is rumoured to include Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Holly and Nigel Benn’s boxing son Harley, however the series is yet to confirm their contestants.
An insider revealed to The Sun: “Love Island has always been inclusive – the only criteria is that you’re over 18 and looking for love.
“But this is the first year that finding contestants with more fluid sexuality has been part of the briefing.”
Love Island has only had a few members from their previous contestants openly label themselves bisexual, including Katie Salmon in 2016 who had a brief fling with fellow Islander Sophie Gradon, who sadly died in 2018.
The source continued: “The casting team have been doing their best to tick that box as the whittle down the pool of contestants to the final numbers.
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“The advantage Love Island has over these shows is that the pairings are organic. No one puts them together, they choose each other. So, there is the potential for genuine same-sex relationships.”
The 2021 contestants will be returning to Majorca next month after the production team transformed the Spanish villa.
Islanders will reportedly each be flown out to Majorca, placed in quarantine and assigned a chaperone so they do not mix with their fellow contestants before entering the villa.
Last year, during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, ITV producers made the tough decision to cancel the show for that year and postpone the series until the following year with the hopes that the virus will be more manageable then.
The insider added: “After a year without Love Island, the bosses are determined the show should come back with a bang.
“They are pulling out all the stops to make sure it is the best series yet.”
Although an exact date has not been announced, crew members are reportedly jetting out on June 20, according to MailOnline, with the series expected to last for eight weeks.
Fans are eagerly awaiting the return of the much-loved show after more than a year off the air, with the last series being the winter edition over January and February 2020.
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