This is when Love Island Australia is starting

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Sophie Monk is set to return as host of Love Island Australia Season 2 on October 7 on Channel Nine.
Sophie Monk is set to return as host of Love Island Australia Season 2. Photo: Channel Nine

After a blockbuster year for Australian reality television, the new season of Love Island may prove the best has been saved for last.

Now, the popular program’s premiere date has been released and is set to return to Australian screens on Monday October 7 at 8:45pm.

But unlike last year’s season, the matchmaking series will air on Nine’s main channel instead of 9Go.

The move follows respectable ratings during its first run in addition to the blockbuster success of Love Island’s UK counterpart.

Love Island’s big return

Fan favourite Sophie Monk will once again return as host and the show’s newest love-seekers with be sent to Fiji rather than the Spanish party isle of Mallorca.

But according to the popular star, she’s not yet ready to reveal much about the upcoming group of singletons, except that they’re "very attractive".

"[This year’s cast] is very diverse in every area, from religion to education to occupation to race — everything,” she said ahead of the premiere date release.

“So it'll be very interesting."

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While the singletons’ identities may for now remain a secret, some familiar faces could potentially be in the mix to be featured.

Jessika Power, of Married at First Sight fame, responded to reports she was among the cast earlier this week.

“At the moment I have so many amazing projects in the works that I want to focus on, so the possibility of more reality TV for me this year isn't in my cards,” she told New Idea.

In that case, remains to be revealed on October 7.

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