The producers of Britain’s ITV show Love Island are looking for new contestants for the upcoming season, and for the first time in the history of the show, they’re accepting applications from gay people.
ITV and Love Island teamed up with Tinder earlier this year to find a potential new batch of more diverse islanders for the reality-dating show.
"They have been placing the ads strategically inside the app so you have to swipe left or right,” a source told The Daily Star. “The ads have been showing up on both male and female gay accounts as well as on those of straight people."
When asked whether the show is considering contestants from all sexual orientations, an ITV representative told The Daily Star their only stipulation is for applicants to be “over 18, single and looking for love.”
Gay and straight Love Island-hopefuls can now place a 'fast track' application to be on the show within the Tinder app.
Although executive producer Richard Cowles said it would bring about 'logistical difficulties' to have both gay and straight contestants in one villa, he said it is a possibility.
"You are trying to create couples,” Cowles said. “It is not impossible and it is not something that we shy away from... but there is a logistical element which makes it difficult."
While some Tinder users were understandably confused about how it would work, the Daily Star said the show’s producers seem to be interested in including a more diverse cast of characters for the next season of Love Island.