Love Island 2017 sees record breaking 55,000 applications

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Love Island 2017 has received a record breaking 55,000 applications for its new series.

The number is SIX TIMES the total who applied for last summer's second series, The Sun newspaper reports.

Casting for the third run of the revamped show - which originally aired back in 2005 and 2006 with celebrities - is currently underway.

Although no names have been confirmed, there have been some rumours: 21-year-old Jane Parks is reportedly in talks to join the cast for the third series of the show.

The youngster has been in the papers recently after revealing plans to sue the lottery following a £1 million win when she was aged 17. Jane appeared on a number of TV shows to talk about her case, including Loose Women where supposedly members of the Love Island casting team were interested in chatting to her.

Also rumoured is the daughter of Big Brother star Lisa Appleton, Sophia-Maria.

Meanwhile, heat magazine reports that plus-sized model Melicia Chivers could make an appearance too.

"She does pole dancing, too, for strength and fitness. The show has always been about slim girls in bikinis, but they want a more diverse group this year," a source told the magazine.

The publication also claims that Danny Latimer - who has previously appeared on reality shows Desperate Scousewives and Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands - could be a part of the line up, together with hunky fitness expert Ross Dickerson.

"Danny's really romantic. He's genuine and would like to find love on the show," the source said.

The official air date for Love Island 2017 on ITV2 hasn't been confirmed right now.

However the series typically returns the first week of June so it won't be long until we hear something.

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