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Calum Best is reminiscing about Celebrity Love Island from 2005

The first series of the hit show featured stars such as Paul Danan and Abi Titmuss.

As a new series of Love Island returns to grip the nation, Calum Best is here to remind us that the show that we know and love is not the first incarnation of the dating series.

In fact it first started on ITV in 2005 as Celebrity Love Island, when familiar faces such as Best, Paul Danan, Abi Titmuss and Rebecca Loos tried to find love in Fiji.

It was eventually won by TV star Jayne Middlemiss and former Westlife bodyguard Fran Cosgrave.

The second series saw the word “celebrity” dropped from the show’s title, when Best returned to the show as a late arrival and won alongside Bianca Gascoigne.

Other stars to appear in the second series included former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Brendan Cole, former Boyzone star Shane Lynch and glamour model Alicia Douvall.

Best has shared his promotional photograph from the show on Twitter, alongside a recent picture, writing: “Celeb Love Island 2005 and 13 years later.”

He also posted another shot taken on Fiji in 2005.

The show was axed after the 2006 series but returned in 2015 on ITV2 in the format we now know and love.

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