Love Island 2018: Could UK show have a crossover with Australian version?

Rumours emerge as both countries film dating show in Mallorca over several weeks
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Love Island 2018 begins on UK screens next week – and now speculation has erupted over a possible crossover with Australia’s version of the show.

The dating contest has gone global after it became a ratings smash for ITV2 last year.

Like ITV, Australian broadcaster Nine commissioned the format for its youth-focussed digital channel, 9GO.

Love Island Australia began on Sunday, and has so far introduced thirteen islanders looking for romance.

Now, with the UK version back on Monday, rumours are rife that they could couple up with a Brit.

The two shows have been tipped to team up for a crossover in a bid to keep fans hooked.

They film near each other in Mallorca, and are due to air for several weeks, making such a twist possible, if not likely.

They both had similar trailers, featuring presenters Caroline Flack and Sophie Monk (pictured) piloting the contestants’ flights to Spain.

Aussie Love Island also has a familiar face for British viewers in former Big Brother housemate John James Parton.

Bookies Boylesports are offering odds of 2/5 that the two versions will swap contestants at some point this summer.

Spokesperson Aoife Heffron said: “Love Island is almost back on our screens and we are all tanned and ready to find out who is whose type on paper.

“With Australian Love Island filming its first season not far from the UK Love Island villa, rumours are rife of a crossover, which is sure to see sparks fly.

Our odds are siding with the rumours, making it a firm 2/5 shot to happen.”

The betting firm also makes it 9/1 that the new series will feature an engagement.

ITV revealed the identities of the new islanders earlier this week, as well as pictures of their new-look home.

The broadcaster is cashing in from the show’s ratings success after signing a whopping TEN sponsors.

Love Island 2018 begins on Monday at 9.00pm on ITV2.

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