Love Island 2018 set to last longer than ever as winter series is ruled out

Love Island 2017: Caroline Flack

The next series of Love Island in 2018 could be the longest ever.

ITV2 has confirmed a fourth series of the hit ITV2 series for next summer - but DENIED it's working on a winter version.

But while we may not be getting a second series in 2017, next year's run is set to make up for it.

Details contained in the application process reveal that potential contestants will need to be available pretty much all summer from 01 May 2018 to 31 August 2018.

Singletons will need to be available for at least eight weeks during that period, which would make it the longest run to date.

Of course there are many months to go before confirmed details for series 4 will be announced - applications don't close until 30 April 2018.

But already Love Island has seen record numbers of applications for next summer's series in just one week.

The final of the current series aired just last Monday with applications for series 4 next year opening straight after.

Since then a record breaking 80,000 people have applied to become a contestant for the series.

A Love Island source told The Sun newspaper this week: “There’s an extraordinary demand to be on the show next year.

“We’ve already had over 80,000 applicants after just a week. It seems like more young people than ever want to go on TV, have sex, find love and maybe even make a million pounds. It’s an irresistible combination.”

When it comes to getting on Love Island, as long as you're 18 or over and single, there are pretty much no rules.

Up for grabs for the winning couple across the first three series was £50,000 and the chance for a happily ever after. But mainly the money.

Applications for Series 4 of Love Island in 2018 are open at ITV.com/LoveIsland

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