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By Nate Millado

"Brace yourselves, America…get ready for some love, lust—and some very tiny swimsuits!" That's how narrator Matthew Hoffman set the scene—and the tone—of CBS' Love Island last summer. The romantic reality series returns for another round Aug. 24! So whether you're new to the Villa, or just need a refresher, here's everything you need to know about Love Island Season 2.

Love Island premieres Monday, Aug. 24 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access. New episodes air nightly—including a best-of episode each Saturday, featuring highlights of the week, exclusive interviews, and never-before-seen footage—at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

What's Love Island About?

The Love Island logo

The second season of the reality show premieres Aug. 24.

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The international reality sensation features a group of single "Islanders" in a stunning setting, ready to embark on a summer of friendships and relationships. Every few days, the Islanders must couple up; those who fail to find a partner risk being dumped from the island. Of course, the road to romance is paved with challenges, dramatic twists—and new Islander arrivals—that will test the couples.

In addition to choosing their partners wisely, Islanders must also win the hearts of viewers who have the opportunity to shape events onscreen and ultimately crown one lucky couple the winner. Last season, a total of 24 Islanders cycled through the Love Island Villa. In the end, Zac Mirabelli and Elizabeth Weber was the last couple standing and shared the $100,000 prize.

Who Hosts Love Island?

Actress and comedian Arielle Vandenberg

Actress and comedian Arielle Vandenberg will host Love Island this summer.

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They're back! Actress and comedian Arielle Vandenberg returns as host. And you can expect even more irreverent commentary from narrator Matthew Hoffman.

Where Is Love Island This Time?

Las Vegas Cromwell Hotel on Vegas Strip

The sleek exterior of the Cromwell hotel in Las Vegas.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

The inaugural season of Love Island took place in picture-perfect Fiji. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, Season 2's Islanders will be sequestered in a "bubble" at Caesars Entertainment's boutique hotel, The Cromwell, in Las Vegas. As the health and safety of everyone involved is the highest priority, production will follow specific health and safety protocols for COVID-19. All of the crew and cast will isolate before production begins and be tested prior to—and throughout—the season.

Cely Vasquez

Cely Vasquez in a hot pink bikini

Love Island's Cely Vasquez.

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Age: 24
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
Occupation: Legal secretary
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Cely Vazquez was captain of her high school cheerleading team, is fluent in Spanish, and loves to sing and play guitar.

Moira Tumas

Moira Tumas in a blue bikini

Love Island's Moira Tumas.

Photo credit: Robert Voets/CBS.

Age: 28
Occupation: Shopping channel model
Hometown: Brielle, N.J.
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Among Moira Tumas' celebrity crushes: Paul Rudd and Liam Hemsworth.

Justine Ndiba

Justine Ndiba in a silver bikini

Love Island's Justine Ndiba.

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Age: 27
Occupation: Billing coordinator/go-go dancer
Hometown: Rockaway, N.J.
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Justine Ndiba's ideal partner is tall, as she spends 80% of her time in heels. The person must also be humble and respectful.

Mackenzie Dipman

Mackenzie Dipman in a mango colored cutout swimsuit

Love Island's Mackenzie Dipman.

Photo credit: Robert Voets/CBS.

Age: 24
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Mackenzie Dipman says her celebrity crush is Matthew McConaughey. He is "a version of my dream man—a Southern gentleman with a Texas accent."

Kaitlynn Anderson

Kaitlynn Anderson in a coral colored bikini

Love Island's Kaitlynn Anderson.

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Age: 27
Occupation: Promotions
Hometown: Lapeer, Mich.
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
If Kaitlynn Anderson could write her own dating profile, it would be: "I enjoy bad food, dogs, festivals, Pilates, cooking and adventure!"

Tre Forte

Tre Forte in rose covered swim trunks

Love Island's Tre Forte.

Photo credit: Robert Voets/CBS.

Age: 25
Occupation: Personal trainer
Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Tre Forte names his celebrity crush as Rihanna.

Connor Trott

Connor Trott in pink swim trunks

Love Island's Connor Trott.

Photo credit: Robert Voets/CBS.

Age: 23
Occupation: Auditor
Hometown: Pittsburgh
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Connor Trott is brainy, loves to sing karaoke, and has been working on his dance moves in quarantine.

James McCool

James McCool in polka dot swim trunks

Love Island's James McCool.

Photo credit: Robert Voets/CBS.

Age: 27
Occupation: Personal trainer
Hometown: Winchester, Va.
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
James McCool describes his ideal romantic partner is funny—someone who likes to laugh and doesn't take life too seriously.

Jeremiah White

Jeremiah White in pineapple covered swim trunks

Love Island's Jeremiah White.

Photo credit: Robert Voets/CBS.

Age: 22
Occupation: Store sales associate
Hometown: De Kalb, Miss.
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Jeremiah White is a self-proclaimed flirt who grew up on a farm and wants to show that special someone his Southern hospitality.

Carrington Rodriguez

Carrington Rodriguez in orange swim trunks

Love Island's Carrington Rodriguez.

Photo credit: Robert Voets/CBS.

Age: 22
Occupation: Sales manager
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Zodiac Sign: Leo
If Carrington Rodriguez could write his own dating profile, it would say: "If dating was a sport, I have been a free agent for a while. Dare to get to know me, and you will see I am smart, genuine, nice, and sexy at the right times."

Johnny Middlebrooks

Johnny Middlebrooks in red and white swim trunks

Love Island's Johnny Middlebrooks.

Photo credit: Robert Voets/CBS.

Age: 22
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Chesapeake, Va.
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Johnny Middlebrooks cites Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith as his relationship role models.

Photo: Colin Young-Wolff/CBS.

Don't miss the two-hour Season 2 premiere of Love Island—set in sexy Las Vegas!on Monday, Aug. 24 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access. Stream full Season 1 episodes of Love Island now on CBS All Access.

The pool and patio from Love Island Season 1

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When it came time for Art Director Richard Jensen to decorate the pool and patio areas for Season 1 of Love Island, CBS' sizzling summer matchmaking show, he followed one guiding principle: "Would cool, young, sexy people be excited to hang out here?"

The answer, of course, was a resounding yes. Jensen pulled from such designers as Jonathan Adler and textile artist James Dunlop to create a Fiji-based set that was as stunning as the single Islanders themselves.

The Love Island patio set with bright yellow couches and large heart shaped motif looming over it all.

By day the outdoor space is light, bright and playful.

Photo: Colin Young-Wolff/CBS.

To get the look at home, Jensen suggests mixing different shapes or materials to give your space a designer feel. "And don't forget the outdoors can be used day and night, so lighting is important," he says. "Fairy lights on a large tree or shrub and a fire pit instantly add glamour."

The Love Island set decorated in fairy light strings and with multiple pools and hot tubs.

At night the villa transforms into a sexy party pad.

Photo: Colin Young-Wolff/CBS.

Below, more ideas on how to get this Love Island look.

The Love Island patio set with bright yellow couches and large heart shaped motif looming over it all.

Photo: Colin Young-Wolff/CBS.

Get The Look

Create your own Love Island vibe at home.

A  teak patio sofa with white upholstery and coral colored cloth throw pillow.

Photo courtesy of Wayfair and Block Shop Textiles.

Breakwater Bay teak patio sofa with cushions. Block Shop Palace pillow.

Two indoor planters with different types of house plants.

Photo courtesy of Wayfair.

Wrought Studio Pratcher iron pot planter set.

A faux conrete fire pit for use out doors. Charcoal grey.

Photo courtesy of Wayfair.

Freeport Park faux concrete fire pit. Majestic Home Goods bean bag chair.

A tangled string of lights cupped in a pair of hands.

Photo courtesy of Wayfair.

Aahil Starry outdoor string light.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

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Don't miss the two-hour Season 2 premiere of Love Island on Monday, Aug. 24 at 8/7c on CBS. Stream full episodes of Season 1 now on CBS All Access.


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