Love Island 2018 will be the longest ever series of the show as it is set to run for TWO months

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The latest series of Love Island will be the longest ever series of the show.

According to Radio Times, the ITV2 reality TV programme is expected to last for eight weeks, one week longer than in 2017, and an additional two weeks longer than the first two seasons. 

Host Caroline Flack recently revealed that the the fourth series is set to return this June, which perfectly matches up with the premiere of 2017's season, which kicked off June 5, 2017.

Exciting: The latest series of Love Island - set to return in June - will be the longest ever series of the show (pictured: 2017 winners Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies)

Exciting: The latest series of Love Island - set to return in June - will be the longest ever series of the show (pictured: 2017 winners Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies)

Host Caroline Flack, 38, shared the exciting news over Instagram and Twitter earlier this month, posting a flirty selfie in saucy lingerie on the picture sharing site. 

Giving fans lots to talk about, the TV veteran hinted the filming of Love Island promos, and captioned the cheeky tongue-baring snap: 'Exciting PROMO WEEK ahead. How has it been a year???? Where does time go???'

Then taking to Twitter, the former X Factor presenter seemingly confirmed the start date by retweeting a Love Island GIF by a gossip site and adding the caption: 2.Months' accompanied by the eyes emoji.

Latest: According to Radio Times , the reality show is expected to last for eight weeks, one week longer than in 2017, and an additional two weeks longer than the first two seasons (pictured Jamie Jewitt and Camilla Thurlow in 2017)

Latest: According to Radio Times , the reality show is expected to last for eight weeks, one week longer than in 2017, and an additional two weeks longer than the first two seasons (pictured Jamie Jewitt and Camilla Thurlow in 2017)

Beaming: Caroline Flack confirmed the June start date for the latest series earlier this month, as she posted this teasing picture in a lingerie-style robe

Beaming: Caroline Flack confirmed the June start date for the latest series earlier this month, as she posted this teasing picture in a lingerie-style robe

The buzz surrounding the new series of the smash hit ITV show has already reached fever pitch as show insiders revealed to The Daily Star on Sunday that over 150,000 fans have already applied to be on the next season.

The producers received the record-breaking amount of applications in under four months, but Caroline is not phased by it as she said to the newspaper: 'I mean, why would you not apply?'

The TV beauty then continued to list of the many reasons why people would want to be on the show, and said: 'Firstly, everyone wants to be in love.'

Huge numbers! Show insiders revealed to The Daily Star on Sunday that over 150,000 fans have already applied to be on the next season

Huge numbers! Show insiders revealed to The Daily Star on Sunday that over 150,000 fans have already applied to be on the next season

'Secondly, you get to be on holiday for nine weeks. Third, you get to get a good tan. And fourth, you get to have fun!'   

This may come as little surprise following the success of last year's edition, which was the steamiest show on over the summer last year - drawing in an impressive growing audience. 

Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies, who have since split up, were crowned the king and queen of the villa after winning over the hearts of the nation. 

Explaining the rise in interest in the show, Caroline continued and said: 'I think Love Island is popular because people can relate to it. 

Hit show: Caroline named a number of reasons to be on the show like 'you get to be on holiday for nine weeks' (Pictured: Amber Davies, Olivia Attwood, Montana Brown, Camilla Thurlow and Gabrielle Allen)

Hit show: Caroline named a number of reasons to be on the show like 'you get to be on holiday for nine weeks' (Pictured: Amber Davies, Olivia Attwood, Montana Brown, Camilla Thurlow and Gabrielle Allen)

'I don't know how it will do this year… you never know. But I'm hoping we can make it as good. The people will be different so we'll get different stories.'

'People love other people's relationships. And all relationships are different. I like the love bits. Some people like the drama but I like the really loving bits. They're the bits that make me cry.'  

Caroline has been hosting the show since it began in 2015, and while less people were interested in the first series, she defended the show as she said: 'When we did the first series the storylines were brilliant. It was just as good then. It’s just more people watched it last series.' 

Record-breaking response: The numbers may come as little surprise following the success of last year's edition, which was the steamiest show on over the summer last year - drawing in an impressive growing audience

Record-breaking response: The numbers may come as little surprise following the success of last year's edition, which was the steamiest show on over the summer last year - drawing in an impressive growing audience

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