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Love Island

Got a hot mate? Love Island Australia is casting and they want YOU

Love is back on the agenda!

By Anita Lyons
In case you thought there weren't enough reality shows to pimp up your working week, Love Island is making a comeback in a HUGE way.
Returning at the end of 2019 on Channel 9, the TV juggernaut is looking for sexy singles who are truly looking for love.
Yup, if you've "got a hot mate" or you are a "hot mate", then this could your chance to find true, real life love... and approximately 100k new Insta followers, plus $50K prize money. Winning!
If you're on the hunt for someone as devilishly handsome as Justin Lacko, as sexy as Dom Thomas or a love like Tayla Damir and Grant Crapp's (oh...), then look no further because Love Island Australia is taking applications for its second season.
"Once again, our Islanders will take up residence in a spectacular luxury villa in the hope of finding love," the ad on the official website reads.
"But to stay on the island, they need to couple up – and more importantly – win the hearts of the public." There's a catch, though. You have to be between the ages of 18-35 and you must be "warm, honest, open and truly looking for love."
Sophie Monk with the winners of Love Island 2018, Grant Crapp and Tayla Damir. (Source: Channel 9)

Back in July last year, host of the show, and all-round queen, Sophie Monk took to Instagram to let fans know that she would indeed be back for round two.
But that was not the most surprising part of her announcement. The fact that there would be a second season was far more shocking, at least where the ratings are concerned.
Looking at the numbers from last year, it failed to set Australia's couch critics on fire, rarely notching up ratings over 195,000.
But Sophie's announcement, plus a couple quotes from Channel Nine's program director Hamish Turner in Mumbrella gave Love Island fans hope.
"I think there's things we would do editorially different, there's things we would do from a promotional perspective different," Turner said.
"Overall the audience, the way they consume… that's definitely key learnings for us in terms of what we would do to apply to a second season."
"Sorry...I'm coming back." Sophie revealed on her Insta stories. (Source: Instagram / Sophie Monk)
In the earlier stages of the Love Island season, Sophie copped a significant amount of criticism from show fans and critics about her lack of involvement on the show.
Viewers went on social media describing her as a "bogan" and "an embarrassment". And then one of the evicted singles, Charlie Taylor added fuel to the fire when he revealed he barely saw the host during his time in the Spanish villa.
He told Nova's Fitzy & Wippa, "I've seen her twice in the last eight to nine days - in the first and last episode, I saw her."
Love Island did manage to get a bit of a following with 180,000 YouTube subscribers and generated a total of 150 million views - but most of these were from outside of Australia.
But it was (mostly) good news for contestants Tayla Damir and Grant Crapp who won the show and decided to split the $50,000 cash prize, however, splitting up a few days later because of Grant's actual girlfriend on the outside.
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What a time, and what a show.
You best get applying then!

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