Love Island is so, so close… (Picture: ITV)

Love Island is so close we can practically smell the sun cream – the eighth series has been given its launch date.

Though the Love Island 2022 line-up hasn’t been revealed just yet, the new crop of contestants will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winners Liam Reardon and Millie Court.

It’s not just love they’re going in for after all – a £50,000 cash prize is at stake for the winning couple.

So when does the new series start?

When does Love Island 2022 start?

Love Island’s eighth series will kick off on Monday, June 6.

Airing on ITV2, the first episode will be a bumper one, starting at 9pm and airing until 10:35pm.

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Tweeting the news about the show’s return, the official account wrote: ‘Here’s your first hot date of the summer,’ the tweet read. ‘#LoveIsland is back Monday 6th June on @itv2 and @itvhub!’

The news comes after the first trailer for the new season was unveiled, which took a swipe at rival dating shows like First Dates and Davina McCall’s Language of Love.

Here’s your first hot date of the summer ❤️‍🔥 #LoveIsland is back Monday 6th June on @itv2 and @itvhub!

— The OGs of love 😎 (@LoveIsland) May 24, 2022

Love Island’s iconic narrator, comedian Iain Stirling, declared Love Island the ‘the OGs of love’ in the trailer.

‘This summer, love isn’t blind, it’s neon, and we can deffo handle the heat,’ he teases.

Presented by Laura Whitmore, the show will air a new episode every night at 9pm, except on Saturdays when you’ll be getting a recap show instead.

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