Sophie Monk to host Nine’s dating show Love Island

Sophie Monk will host Nine’s reality dating show Love Island Australia in 2018 which will screen on 9Go and the network’s streaming and catch-up service 9Now.

Monk will appear on our screens again in 2018

Monk – who has a long-running media career including finding fame via Seven’s Popstars, representing various brands, a stint on Sydney breakfast radio and a starring role as this year’s Bachelorette on Ten – will also present a travel special on Spain and “appear prominently across all of Nine’s digital platforms as a 9Honey and 9Now ambassador. 

The show touts itself as the “ultimate game of love”, with Monk there to assist “a group of sexy young Aussie singles to find love in the sun in Spain”.

“Not only must the Love Island couples stay together, they must also survive the temptations as sexy new singles enter the island. They must also win the hearts of the public, convincing them – and themselves – that their newfound love is real. The winning couple are handed a pot of money to start their new lives together, but there’s a catch: one is given the chance to share the money or walk away with it all for them self. Were they after love or money all along,” a statement from Nine explained.

Monk said she was excited for the gig, while Michael Healy, director of television at Nine, said she was the perfect fit for the role.

“Sophie is the perfect fit for Love Island Australia – she’s fun and she’s real. What you see is what you get. It’s great to have Sophie back to her home at Nine, from Love Island Australia to her travel special and the great energy she will bring to 9Honey and 9Now we know the audience love her,” he said.

Love Island will screen on 9Go

Nine’s digital content director Helen McCabe said Monk would also take on a more prominent role as 9Honey readied for relaunch.

“Sophie will take a leading role on 9Honey as a face and contributor to our women’s lifestyle network. We look forward to using her for commentary, videos, social campaigns, podcasts and whatever else we develop as we set about relaunching the site in 2018,” she said.

Monk was a ratings smash on rival network Ten this year, gifting the network its biggest audience of 2017. The Bachelorette’s final episode pulled 1.640m metro viewers and 2.204m national viewers, according to OzTAM’s preliminary overnight ratings.


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