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Keeping it real Hopeful Love Island contestants face 'filter ban' if they want to take part in new series

ITV bosses have instructed applicants to submit a headshot, full length photo and three other photo options - but with no filters

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Former Love Island contestants Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard

Former Love Island contestants Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard

Former Love Island contestants Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard

Hopeful Love Island contestants have been told to go natural in their applications to join the next series of the hotly-anticipated dating show as a ban on filters has been imposed. 

The next series is set to go ahead this summer but auditions to pick this year's lucky line up have been forced to take place online due to the pandemic.

As casting gets underway the ITV show’s organisers have instructed applicants to submit a headshot, full length photo and three other photo options.

However, a warning above the instructions a reportedly reads: 'please do not add any filters (e.g. snapchat filters)'.

Future contestants were also asked to upload a one minute video explaining "why you think you would make a great Islander!"

They were also asked to write a dating profile for themselves, and include descriptions of how their friends and family describe them.

A casting call from ITV2 for the show reads: "ITV2 are looking for vibrant singles from across the UK who want to head to the sun, in search of a summer 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."

ITV has confirmed that they plan to base the show in Majorca after it was revealed that the launch date of Love Island 2021 had been delayed by three weeks due to overseas travel restrictions.

This year the crew will not fly out to the Spanish Island until June 20, with the series which is expected to run for a duration of eight weeks, launched a week later.

With temperatures reaching a sizzling 30 degrees, the island will be at its hottest in July and August, providing the perfect setting for a summer of love.

However show bosses who are determined to ensure Love Island 2021 goes ahead after they were forced to put a stop to hopeful islanders jetting off last year due to the pandemic, have Jersey on standby if a new strain of Covid-19 hits.

And unlike in previous years, there will be no group auditions as casting is taking place strictly online due to Covid restrictions.

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