The British version is hosted by Caroline Flack, but the tone is set by its snarky voice-over narrator, the comedian Iain Stirling, who mocks the contestants, the show and himself. The “island” is really the luxury villa in which the contestants are trapped — sorry, living — for the summer, which also happens to be on an island. (Versions of “Love Island” have also aired in countries across continental Europe, including Denmark, Germany and Finland.)The villa has everything you need for a monthlong holiday with strangers: a pool, numerous day beds, a hot tub, outdoor kitchen, communal bedroom and lots of string lights.
There has been only one same-sex couple on the British show: Bisexual contestants Katie Salmon and Sophie Gradon were briefly coupled up in Season 2.
Each week there is a ceremonial “re-coupling,” in which either the men or the women stand in a line in front of the fire pit.
time slot on network television.)But there’s the game of “Love Island” and then there’s the game of love, and some contestants find long-lasting romance even if they don’t succeed as competitors.
A handful of “Love Island” couples are married (one pair of islanders got married on a live British morning show, in their swimwear, natch).
The British House of Lords debated whether contestants smoking on early seasons glamorized the habit for the show’s viewers (most are between 16 and 34 years old), and the show has inspired many hand-wringing columns about the state of millennial life.
When islanders leave “Love Island,” they discover they have become very famous, and that the public has very strong opinions about their behavior in the villa.
Nevertheless, viewers have spotted similar themes of toxic masculinity among the men in the current British season.
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Drama is near-, and the ever-present question of "who will s/he choose? Yes, the show is too long and most of the time the contestants are not there For The Right Reasons™, but it's a juggernaut, and there's a reason your mom loves it so much.
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