Love Island, one of the highlights of the British summer, is almost upon us.

Everybody’s favourite reality TV show is all set for a new series over the coming months and it’s no doubt due to be another thriller of a watch as a bunch of contestants get landed in a beautiful villa with the aim of discovering love.

As the show looms ever closer, there’s plenty of questions to be answered, so we’ve taken a look at all you need to know about the show so far.

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When does Love Island start?

The first question on everybody’s lips: when does Love Island start? Well after months of rumours swirling as to when the series would commence, it has now been announced that proceedings will be kicking off on ITV on June 28.  A teaser clip has been released across social media for the new series involving presenter Laura Whitmore, suggesting she will be the Love Island host once again this year. Her husband Iain Stirling, meanwhile, should of course be providing the narration in his own hilarious way.

Where is Love Island?

There had been some talk about the Love Island location this year having to be in the UK, which doesn’t exactly conjure up images of the sun and sea we’ve come to expect from previous series. However, Love Island fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as while it has not yet been officially confirmed, the show is reportedly set to return to its spiritual home of Mallorca, with ITV Commissioner Amanda Stavri telling Digital Spy: “We haven’t announced anything officially but Mallorca is very much the home of Love Island.”

Who are the Love Island 2021 contestants?

Now onto the most important aspect of the series: the Love Island cast. While the line-up has yet to be announced, there has naturally been plenty of speculation around who will be entering the villa this summer. What we do know is that there have been more applications than ever, with over 1,000 applicants dreaming of making the cut, while ITV have also said they are encouraging greater inclusivity and diversity than ever before this year.

In terms of names that have been touted to be in the new series, one has been Holly Ramsay – Gordon Ramsay’s daughter who is a huge hit on TikTok – while former footballer and contestant on The Voice Australia, Jay Munro, is also reported to be a potential contestant. Elsewhere, Miss Manchester runner-up Alexis Bailey, London-based model Ellis Iyayi and doctor Toluwa Adepeju have also all been mentioned by the rumour mill and could be among the Love Island betting odds when the show begins.

Whoever it is set to be, one thing is for sure: we are all eagerly awaiting the Love Island return.