Love Island's breakout star tipped to return for new season: 'Hot property'

EXCLUSIVE: Channel Nine is shaking things up for season six.

Love Island Australia's Sophie Monk.
A fan-favourite contestant is tipped to return to Love Island Australia next season. Photo: Channel Nine

A former Love Island Australia contestant is tipped to appear on the upcoming season of the reality dating show in a brand new role. A production insider tells Yahoo Lifestyle that Channel Nine is close to signing a deal with Callum Hole to return to the franchise following his recent appearance on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, where he finished third.

The Welsh-born reality star rose to fame on season four of Love Island Australia in 2022 before competing on the show’s international spin-off Love Island Games last year. Our insider says Channel Nine is “working around Callum’s schedule on two other shows he is in discussions to appear on”, which we can exclusively reveal are Too Hot To Handle on Netflix and Aussie Shore on Paramount+.


“Callum is hot property amongst multiple networks and at this point, he is on the list of every streaming platform and free-to-air network, who are all massively clambering for his services,” the source shares.

“Nine has not yet worked out what capacity he would be involved with but the idea is being workshopped and it would be a waste not to fit him into the format, especially off the back of his popularity with I'm A Celebrity.”

Love Island Australia's Callum Hole / Callum on I'm A Celebrity.
Season four star Callum Hole is in talks to return to Love Island following his recent stint on I’m A Celebrity. Photos: Channel Nine / Channel 10

Our insider confirms that Callum will most likely have a smaller role than Sophie Monk, who recently settled on a deal with Channel Nine and is set to return as host for season six.

“There were fears that with the 2024 Olympics taking up huge cost to the network Sophie’s deal would not be made,” our source says, adding that I’m A Celebrity champion and former Big Brother star Skye Wheatley could have replaced Sophie “for a much cheaper price”.

“Sophie is iconic to the brand and it would have been a huge proposition to replace the work she has done over the last six years.”


The sixth season of Love Island Australia is set to film in the backend of 2024, with the casting producers wrapping up their tour around Australia in the next few weeks.

“Insiders can confirm that Channel Nine was spoilt for choice with applicants for the Australian franchise. Aussie hopefuls really understand the brand,” says our source.

“They say this every year but the auditions are going extremely well and there are some personalities that audiences will talk about for years.”

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