Love Island Winter launches search for contestants

Love Island 2019 may be over, but fans don't have long to wait until their next fix of villa drama.

The search for Islanders for the Winter version of the hit ITV2 show has begun, with applications opening less than a week after Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea scooped the £50,000 prize money on Monday night's finale.

The Winter series of Love Island was confirmed ahead of the 2019 final, with host Caroline Flack and the contestants heading to South Africa for the January start date.

Here we go! Love Island 2019 may be over, but fans don't have long to wait until their next fix of villa drama. The search for Islanders for the Winter version of the hit ITV2 show has begun

Here we go! Love Island 2019 may be over, but fans don't have long to wait until their next fix of villa drama. The search for Islanders for the Winter version of the hit ITV2 show has begun

Applications for the show are open and will close on November 30, with a statement reading: 'ITV2 are looking for vibrant singles from across the UK who want to head to the Winter sun, in search of love !

'The chosen cast will spend time in a luxury villa, getting to know one another, but to remain in paradise they must win the hearts of the public and their fellow Islanders who ultimately decide their fate on Love Island.' 

Clues that the new series will begin not long after Christmas include the stipulation that contestants must hold a valid passport from December 1 until June 30 and 'be eligible to travel to the Programme destinations we specify.'

Follow in their footsteps: Applications have opened less than a week after Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea scooped the £50,000 prize money on Monday night's finale

Follow in their footsteps: Applications have opened less than a week after Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea scooped the £50,000 prize money on Monday night's finale

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The application blurb also says: 'You must be exclusively available to participate in the Programme for a minimum of eight consecutive weeks from January 2020.'

2020 marks the first year that there will be two series of the smash hit reality show, following it's climbing ratings over the past five series.

And Caroline is cashing in on her new workload, as she is reportedly set to 'triple' her fee and 'only agreed to commit to both series with a massive pay rise.'

She's back: Caroline Flack is cashing in on her new workload, as she is reportedly set to 'triple' her fee and 'only agreed to commit to both series with a massive pay rise'

She's back: Caroline Flack is cashing in on her new workload, as she is reportedly set to 'triple' her fee and 'only agreed to commit to both series with a massive pay rise'

According to The Mirror, Caroline who host's the ITV2 romance show and spin-off Aftersun 'drove a hard bargain' when re-negotiating her contract ahead of the latest addition to the Love Island franchise.

'Her fee for two months each year was £450,000 plus expenses but she’d only agree to commit to both series with a massive pay rise.'

MailOnline have contacted representatives for both Caroline and Love Island for comment.

While wannabe Islanders can now apply for the new series, it's been revealed that 2019 winners Amber and Greg didn't actually apply to be on the show through the general application process. 

Double the fun: 2020 marks the first year that there will be two series of the smash hit reality show, following it's climbing ratings over the past five series

Double the fun: 2020 marks the first year that there will be two series of the smash hit reality show, following it's climbing ratings over the past

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