What is love island about?

Love Island is a popular reality TV show where ten single souls: five ladies and five gentlemen, come to find their other half. The filming process takes place in a beautiful setting, where a brightly shining sun and stunning views stir up the participants’ inner flames. Love Island sounds like heaven on Earth, but is it actually? When and how one of the UK’s top reality TV shows in 2020 started, you will find out here.

The current Love Island began in 2015, and from then, it is still produced by the ITV network and narrated by Iain Stirling. The reality TV show since the start was presented by Caroline Flack until 2019. In 2020 Laura Whitmore replaced Flack. Surprisingly, Love Island is not an entirely new show, as a project under the same title aired between 2005 and 2006. However, then specifically, twelve single celebrities would gather on an island in Fiji. The new version of the reality TV show differs from the older by higher ratings, the number of participants and location. The shooting is at Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, Mallorca in the summer and in South  Africa during the winter season.

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Despite the impression of fun and entertaining vibes, British Love Island is surrounded by dark controversies. Sophie Gradon, who was a TV show contestant in 2016, committed suicide later in 2018. Other people who also died from suicide are Mike Thalassitis in 2019, who was a contestant in 2017, and a host Caroline Flack the following year. Some Love Island participants experienced the online exposure of their private images against their own will and got death threats. The popular UK reality show also received criticism for participants’ behaviour, making some viewers more insecure about their bodies and not having enough diverse contestants.

Love Island manages to remain attractive for the possible participants and audience because of constant changes in the contestants’ relationships, accompanied by challenges. Participants or islanders have to be together with someone for love, friendship, or financial reasons for eight weeks, as singles drop out. The driving force of wanting to stick till the end is winning £50,000, given to a victorious couple. Viewers are also a significant part of the show, as they can decide who can stay and who should leave by giving their votes to their favourite couple through the Love Island app, available on Google Play and App Store. The public is also responsible for deciding the winners. During the reality show filming, contestants abandon the outside world and can only keep in touch with others in the show through texting; thus, they also receive information related to challenges, leaving and changing a partner. Some lucky participants get a chance to go on a date outside the living area or win dates by succeeding in challenges.

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The UK’s popular reality TV show is so successful that it had fifteen adaptations globally in the USA, Australia, Germany and many more. According to Cosmopolitan, the forms for the 2021 Love Island season will be open until 30 April. Suppose you are self-confident, brave, adventurous and open-minded, it could be worth completing the application and in this way trying to find the love of your life or increasing your finances by £50,000.

Love Island is an adventurous and entertaining reality TV dating show with a twist that does not leave people unbothered. Everyone who at least once watched it either enjoyed it or was sceptical because of the controversies. Each Love Island’s season brings new unique experiences to both contestants and audiences and connects people in the UK nationwide. If you have never seen this reality TV show, the ITV website has you covered with the series from previous seasons, and fresh ones will be aired again this summer, so stay tuned.

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