Love Island 2018 to ‘kick off with two villas and even more contestants’

Aimée Grant Cumberbatch
New format: Love Island 2018 will reportedly launch with two villas: ITV

Love Island producers are reportedly set to shake up the show’s format this year by launching with two villas instead of one.

Last year a separate secret villa was introduced to the programme for the first time, and bosses are said to be keen to to repeat the twist’s success for 2018.

After receiving a huge influx of applications, the new series is expected to launch with more singles than ever, split across the two houses.

A source told The Sun: "Planning for this year's Love Island is well underway and producers already have some big plans up their sleeves.

"Given just how massively popular the show became last year they're desperate to make sure the next series really kicks off with a bang.

"They're planning on the season opener beginning with two big villas - just like they introduced midway through last series.

"And they want to throw in nearly double the amount of contestants to really stir things up.

They continued: "Planning is still in the early stages but what is for sure is that it's going to be bigger than ever."

ITV has recently launched a ‘winter Love Island’, Survival of the Fittest which sees a group of boys and girls head to the African Savannah to compete in a battle of the sexes.

Love Island returns to ITV2 later this year, while Survival of the Fittest continues nightly at 9pm on the same channel.