Love Island fans speculate about same sex couples after ITV teases with new clip
It's one of the most talked-about TV shows of the year. And with our annual trip to Mallorca just around the corner, fans are already in a frenzy wondering what new twists show producers have in store to make sure that Love Island 2022 gets everybody talking.
And after ITV released a brief animated teaser trailer for the new series – people think it could suggest that it won't just be boys and girls getting up close and personal this time around.
In fact, with the film ending with what looks like two naked male figures sharing a smooch on the lilos in the villa pool – it seems ITV is open to all possibilities.
However, ITV aren't currently confirming that same sex couples are on the agenda just yet.
Talking about the potential Islanders, the ITV commissioner looking after the show has previously said: "In terms of gay Islanders, I think the main challenge is regarding the format of Love Island.
"With our dating shows, such as The Cabins, there is much more sexual diversity. The formats don't have as many restrictions as Love Island.
"So we're very sort of mindful of that across our programming on ITV and dating series. But that's the difficulty with Love Island."
Since the show started in 2015, it's become the ambition of countless hot young singletons to land a place on the show.
For some – like Alex Bowen and Olivia Buckland, Cara De La Hoyde and Nathan Massey and Camilla Thurlow and Jamie Jewitt – Love Island has led to lasting love and even babies.
And for those that don't necessarily find their soulmate in the sun, Love Island can be the biggest career boost ever – with plenty of former Love Islanders enjoying success in showbiz, like Kem Cetinay, Amber Davies and Dani Dyer.
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The ranks of high-earning social media influencers are also swelled at the end of each summer, as the latest tanned and toned Islanders to leave find themselves signed up by brands.
Undoubtedly LGBTQ+ campaigners – and viewers – will be hoping that the stories to come out of this year's show might be about Love Island breaking new boundaries in terms of who gets together.
But with ITV refusing to be drawn either way, it looks like we are just going to have to tune in to find out who'll be sizzling on screen and flirting up a storm on the sunbeds.
Fans of the show recently called for host Laura Whitmore to be replaced for the upcoming series, pinning their hopes on MTV star Nella Rose taking over.
Primarily a YouTube star, boasting 717,000 subscribers, 20 year old Nella started off her career by regularly posting viral videos with her friends, and has recently been announced as the new host of Catfish UK.
One fan tweeted, "I pray Nella Rose not only does Catfish, but I pray she does Love Island, Big Brother, Britain’s Got Talent, X-Factor, I hope her CV touches the floor", whilst another added, "I can’t wait until Nella Rose takes over as the Love Island host, right woman for the job".
A third told ITV to "be smart", adding, "Make Nella Rose Love Island’s host this year".
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