The season finale of Love Island airs August 7, when one of four couples will walk away with $100,000 in cash. The U.K. import has made an impression on U.S. audiences, who tuned in nightly to watch a group of sexy singles compete to find a partner and win the ultimate prize.
The American version of Love Island wasn’t quite the cultural phenomenon that it is across the pond, where it’s one of the country’s most-watched shows. In the U.S., it drew a relatively modest average of 2.6 million viewers a night. But CBS deemed it successful enough to be worthy of a season 2.
‘Love Island’ is coming back for season 2
Though it wasn’t a ratings juggernaut, Love Island attracted younger viewers to CBS and was the most-streamed show on CBS All Access and CBS.com in over a year, according to the network. Bringing it back next summer was a no-brainer.
“The passion of Love Island‘s audience is incredible,” said Kelly Kahl, President of CBS Entertainment, in a statement. “The intensity of their social media engagement has created tremendous enthusiasm for the series here at the network. We love the show’s creative execution and can’t wait for next season.”
Execs believe that Love Island will only get more popular as American audiences become more familiar with the show.
“After its first season, the U.K. version exploded via word of mouth and social media to become a huge hit, and its viewership has grown every year,” said Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President of Programming at CBS Entertainment. “We believe first season U.S. fans are just as passionate and engaged and we look forward to building on that foundation with another fun season next summer.”
New episodes of Love Island will air in summer 2020.
Casting has already started for ‘Love Island’ season 2
Those who think they have what it takes to survive the cutthroat world of Love Island can apply to be on the next season of the show. Producers are looking for “lively singles from across the country to take part.”
“Our islanders will take up residence in a spectacular luxury villa in the hope of finding love,” reads the casting announcement. “If you make it to the island, you’ll be living, competing, and coupling up with other sexy singles. Viewers will chime in along the way and help determine which couple takes home the cash prize.”
Love Island contestants must be at least 18 years old and have a valid passport. To be considered, you’ll need to submit an application including links to your social media profiles and answers to questions about your dating life, what you’re looking for in a relationship, and what makes you a good boyfriend or girlfriend. You’ll also need to upload a candid (not professional) photo and a 2- to 3-minute video. You have until March 29, 2020 to apply.
Read more: ‘Love Island’: The Biggest Differences Between the U.K. and U.S. Versions
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