IF you're already missing your 9pm Love Island fix each night, the good news is you've not got long until the next series.

And the even better news is if you're single and looking for love, you could be one of the contestants on their new winter series.

Early next year singletons will be jetting off to South Africa for the first winter series of the popular ITV show.

More than 3.6 million people tuned in to the final of this summer's series on Monday night, ITV said.

A further 400,000 fans streamed the episode on non-TV devices such as phones and tablets.

It made it the most watched Love Island final ever and the most watched episode of the series.

How to apply for the new winter series

ITV2 producers say they are looking for 'vibrant singles' from across the UK who want to head to the winter sun in search of love.

A spokesman added: "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."

To apply you can fill out an application form by clicking here

The closing date for submitting the application form is November 30.

Are there any other ways of getting a place on the show?

Only six of this year's Love Island contestants were cast through the show's general application process, with two thirds found by the programme's casting team.

There were 36 islanders on the fifth series of the show, including the occupants of Casa Amor who did not move into the main villa.

Three contestants were only on the show for two weeks, including Greg O'Shea, who was the last bombshell to enter the villa and who went on to win the series with Amber Gill.

While 24 contestants were found and cast by the programme's casting team, there were also six who were put forward by professional agents.

Molly-Mae Hague, who was a runner-up with Tommy, already had a significant following on Instagram and worked as an influencer.

The ITV team say they get around 98,000 applications for Love Island.

What happens after I apply?

A spokesman added: "There's a very rigorous application and casting process.

"We get about 98,000 applications for Love Island, they then take that down to about 90 to 100 as soon as they get a call back - at that stage they go through medical questionnaires, psychological questionnaires, assessments, that then goes down to about 30 or 40 who get selected to appear on Love Island.

"It's a very rigorous process of screening that goes on before they actually get on to Love Island."