With restrictions on social contact set to be lifted over the next few weeks across the country, there’s no better time to revive your Tinder profile.
And now Tinder has teamed up with Love Island – the most popular dating show right now – to find its next crop of islanders.
Yep, for the first time ever, Tinder members can apply to be on Love Island. This is a match made in heaven.
From Monday 22nd March, all you have to do is swipe right when you see the Love Island x Tinder swipe card. Your profile will then be submitted to the Tinder team for review and verification
Swipe cards will appear in between Tinder members’ stack of potential matches – so all you have to do is keep your eyes peeled for a swipe card and make the right move if you want to be on the show.
If the Tinder profile is then selected by the Tinder team, Love Island hopefuls will receive an email from the dating service. The email will ask for confirmation of details, and as soon as these are completed and returned, the Tinder member will be added to a prioritised list for the Love Island casting team.
Tinder members are big fans of the show. Mentions of Love Island in Tinder bios increased by 30 per cent between the first episode of Winter Love Island in Jan 2020 and the final episode in the following month.
And there’s a number of things you can do to improve your chance of being considered – including ditching group shots, adding in your Spotify anthems and sharing what you do in your spare time.
A spokesperson for Tinder told Tyla: “When applying for the show be authentic; show off your unique personality by creating a bio that gives us the insight into the real you.
“Make sure you upload pictures that best represent you. And by you we mean just you! Ditch the group shots and go solo in front of the camera.
“Show off what you love to do in your spare time by telling us about your hobbies and interests, add in your Spotify anthems and generally a bit more about you.
“The more you tell us, the more likely you are to get noticed. Make sure you select your ‘passions’ in your profile.
“We need to see that you’ve been looking for love on Tinder. Have you matched on Tinder recently? If not, get on the app!
Renate Nyborg, EMEA General Manager at Tinder, said: “Bringing together the world’s most popular dating app and an iconic dating show is the perfect match! Tinder has the UK’s widest and most diverse community of singletons, so as this long-awaited dating season heats up, being on Tinder can change everything… Whether that’s sparking new connections, or kicking off your journey to the Love Island villa!”
Earlier this month, ITV confirmed that Love Island will be back this summer following an extended hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling – who are expecting their first child together – will be back as host and voiceover respectively.
The hit dating show, which originally saw celebrities couple up in the early 2000’s, was revived in 2015 – and has since become a reality TV goliath.
The last summer edition aired all the way back in 2019, which saw Amber Gill voted the winner alongside partner Greg O’Shea, was the most-watched yet, drawing in an average of 5.61 million viewers every night.
The last series – and first winter edition – took place in January 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Paige Turley and Finley Tapp are the reigning Love Island winners.
Simon Daglish, ITV Deputy Managing Director, Commercial, said: “We love when brands like Tinder couple up with our programmes and it’s a perfect partner for the hugely anticipated return of Love Island this summer.”
There’s still lots to look forward to even if you aren’t chosen to be an islander. Tinder will have access to ex-islanders, including exit interviews, which will form a series of content titled ‘Tinder calling’ and will be available on Love Island‘s YouTube channel as well as other digital and social platforms.