This year's Love Island will reportedly be including gay and lesbian couples.

According to The Star, ITV bosses are especially keen to include members of the LGBT community.

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A source told the paper: "Love Island was undoubtedly the biggest reality show this year, it had everyone talking. Even people who weren't watching the show still heard about it.

"The main thing they came under fire for was sex on TV, which people have now started to accept, so come next series people won't really care about that.

"ITV want to increase the shock factor of the show and keep people talking, by having LGBT people included."

Although there have been bisexual people on the show before, they were not allowed to 'couple up' with people of the same sex.

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If this sounds like your kind of show, why not apply for this year?

ITV has now officially opened the FULL application for 2018's batch of singletons, and you can apply right here.

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On the application, it says: "ITV2 are looking for vibrant singles from across the UK who want to head to the sun, in search of a summer of love. The chosen cast will spend time in a luxury villa, getting to know one another - but to remain in paradise they must also win the hearts of the public."

The closing date for applications is April 30 2018, and it comes with a few eligibility requirements before you think about submitting that entry video in to the casting team.

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On the site, it states: "You must be aged at least 18 (eighteen) years of age on or before the closing date of 30 April 2018, due to the nature of the Programme.

1. You are not:
a. currently employed by us, Motion or the Broadcaster and have not been previously employed by us, any of the ITV group of companies, Motion or the Broadcaster; or
b. a live-in partner or immediate relative (for example, mother, father, son, daughter, brother or sister) of an employee of ours, Motion, the Broadcaster or any of the ITV group of companies.
2. You must hold a passport which will be valid for the whole period of 01 May 2018 to 31 August 2018 (inclusive), and any other travel documentation (e.g. visas) required to allow you to travel and stay within the European Union during that period. You also agree to notify us immediately of any change to your passport or travel status.
3. You must be exclusively available to participate in the Programme for a minimum of ten weeks across May 2018.

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So what are you waiting for? Don't be muggy, and get applying!

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her - mel.ramsay@pretty52.com

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