Love Island fever has taken over the UK once again! And while much of the nation is gripped by the latest cast of singletons looking for love in the Mallorcan sunshine, some might remember the original version of the show - which featured only celebrity contestants. The very first series aired in 2005, followed by a second in the summer of 2006 - with none other than Strictly's Brendan Cole appearing as one of the competitors! Brendan even made it to the final, coming in the runner-up spot with Eternal's Kéllé Bryan, while Bianca Gascoigne and Calum Best took the crown.
Brendan appeared in the 2006 series of Love Island. IMAGE: ITV
The New Zealand-born dancer appeared on the reality show after finding fame competing in his first three series of Strictly Come Dancing - and having split with long-term girlfriend and dance partner Camilla Dallerup. Other stars to join the series included Boyzone's Shane Lynch, Lady Victoria Hervey and Sophie Anderton.
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While Caroline Flack is the show's famous host these days, it was Fearne Cotton who presented Brendan's series of the show, alongside Patrick Kielty. Of course, it was another nine years before the show returned to ITV2, following its axe in 2006.
Brendan went on to enjoy 15 successive series of Strictly, but was axed from the show earlier this year. Since then, he's been rumoured to be joining I'm A Celebrity - so perhaps we'll see him on another reality show soon! The star recently welcomed a second child, Dante, with wife Zoe Hobbs, who he met in 2008 and married in 2010.
Brendan with wife Zoe Hobbs
Discussing fatherhood the second time around, he opened up about his struggles during a recent interview on Loose Women, saying: "He's 10 or 11 weeks now, I'm struggling more with the second child. It's not post-natal depression, because that's what women get, but there's a real sense of anxiety with the second one. I feel like a bad dad as I'm not really bonding with him."
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