Because we are just as obsessed as you are… just Admit it!
If you haven’t been watching this series of Love Island then you’re probably in the 5% of the UK population and you’ve missed out on the television event of the decade… Well the last month anyway.
You probably think you know the show inside out but be prepared to be surprised with these little Love Island facts and secrets.
1. Where is the Love Island villa located?
The Villa is in Mallorca, on the outskirts of a town called Llorenc des Cardassar on the Island’s east coast. It’s on top of a very steep hill so it’s next to impossible for anyone to spy or pap the islanders from outside the grounds. Interesting fact, once the show has stopped you can actually rent out the villa for your very own holiday. Imagine that… a group of your very own friends in the Love Island Villa for a week! Although, it costs around £3000 for a weeks stay… not too bad if your splitting among a group.
2. How do you audition for Love Island?
Above is our favourite girl giving her tips on how to nail the Love Island auditions because believe it or not , the islanders actually have to go through a series of auditions before making it into the villa. And the audition process is very competitive, with over 150,000 people applying for the show in 2018. It consists of contestants first filling out a form to tell their bad habits, likes and dislikes, as well as their taste in girls/guys. They then also have to send an audition video. This is then narrowed down to 1000 applicants who make it through to the final round and are interviewed by the producers.
3. Do the Love Island cast get paid to be on the show?
The islanders Do actually get paid to be on the show but it’s not a lot when you break down the amount of hours they film. A source told the sun: “All the Islanders are getting £200-a-week to be on the show. If you break it down to how many hours they’re filming every day it’s absolutely nothing!”. However, The Daily Star says “2019’s Islanders will receive £250 per week to appear on the show. Not bad for eight weeks of free food, free sun and banter”.
4. What are the rules around sex on the show?
It’s no secret the love island cast can sometimes get a little steamy under the covers but sexual activity is never actually shown on TV. ITV bosses have never released the official rules of the villa but old contestants have from time to time given us insight into the set rules. Around sex, cast members are unable to masturbate, there’s a ban on full nudity and of course restrictions in place if an islander engages in sex with someone who is drunk. Islanders are made to take a full STI check before entering the villa and there’s a 24 hour councillor on set if contestants ever want to talk.
5. Are the Islanders supplied with condoms?
Do the islanders bring there own condoms or are they supplied? Well the mystery is over. Love Island actually supply branded condoms, as revealed by former Islander Sophie Gradon. There’s a supply of around 200 of them for all Islanders to use during their stay.
6. Is there a set alcohol limit on Love Island
Season 2 Islander Kady McDermott let us into the secret of how much the islanders are actually allowed to consume, which at the time was two glasses a night. However Love Island have since confirmed there is no limit, with producers keeping a close eye on how much alcohol is consumed in general.
7. Do the Love Island contestants get make-up?
As you may have noticed there is plenty of makeup and clothes on offer to the islanders. The villa is equipped with GHDs and Dyson have supplied all of the hair styling tools; from straighteners to curling wands, which is supplied in the glam room. Love island’s own makeup range is on offer in the villa.
8. Are the love island cast head-hunted?
According to Glamour, most of the cast are head hunted through Instagram, with producers or talent scouts reaching out to people on social. A lot of this years contestants have been approached several times.
9. Are the Islanders allowed phones?
Islanders aren’t allowed their personal phones in the villa but they are given a phone each. This phone doesn’t allow them to make calls or texts to the outside world nor are they able to access social media. They are only able to receive texts and phone calls from the production team, as well as take selfies and text each other.
10. Do the Love Island contestants cook their own meals?
Have you ever wondered why the contestants are never shown eating dinner on the show? That is because dinner is cooked for them by a team of caterers, not bad hey! The Islanders make their own breakfast and lunch from essentials supplied in the villa but everything else is done for them.
11. Do the Love Island contestants have contact before the show starts?
There’s been quite a bit of speculation this year on whether the contestants know each other from outside the villa. This may be true in terms of contestants knowing each other before entering the Love Island audition process, but the producers go to great lengths to ensure the contestants are kept apart during the lead up to the show starting. They are flown on different flights and stay in different hotels. Each person has a personal chaperone who makes sure they don’t have any contact with anyone back home before entering the villa.
12. Do the cast get any time off?
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Now this might come as a shock to you, it certainly did for us! Kem Cetinay spilt the ultimate secret and let us know exactly why there isn’t an episode that airs on a Saturday. That reason being, the cast are actually given a ‘day off’ and are able to head to the beach.
Kem Spoke to This morning, and revealed producers take the cast to the beach for a few hours. “They get one day off a week,” he said. “What happens is it gives them a day to clean the villa and you take your mics off and normally we go to the beach and we just chill out. Not a lot of people know this. What happens is when you take your mics off, you’re not allowed to talk about anything to do with the show.
“You’ve got to talk about home life. You’re being watched by an evil hawk, by the producers because they don’t want you to talk about what’s going on.
“You can all sit and chat but they are quite careful about what you talk about because they want to keep it so everyone at home can see and get it on video. It’s more a day off from all the intense games, all the intense dates, deciding who you like and don’t like.”
I’m not sure how we feel about this… insightful and also shocking!
13. Is Love Island Scripted?
The show is far from scripted, with a producer revealing “The beauty of the format is that it allows us to do what we want, we follow the way the stories lead, we don’t go in with a master plan. The beauty is that we can be reactive and flexible so we follow where the islanders lead us.”
14. Do the contestants get beauty treatments?
Have you ever wondered how the girls nails, lashes, brows and hair stay looking so maintained. Well apparently the girls are able to have hair and beauty treatments within the villa. With last year Dani Dyer being the talk of this topic when her hair changed colour overnight, A spokesperson confirmed: “All the girls had hair and beauty treatments within the villa a few days ago. Dani’s hair is the main big difference.”.
There are also beauticians among the contestants who offer their services to fellow contestants members.
15. Where do the cast get their clothes from?
The islanders bring their own clothes into the villa but all clothes must be unbranded. The 2019 sponsor for Love Island is I Saw It First, which means they supplement the rest of their clothes. On the Love Island app there is actually a section which details where most of the items worn on the latest episodes are from or similar items can be purchased.
16. How many cameras are there in the Love Island villa?
There are 72 cameras positioned around the villa which are mostly hidden so the contestants forget they are being filmed. However, the ones by the pool are operated by camera men. Filming is 24/7 with contestants also wearing microphone packs, with strict rules on these being worn at all times.