Many Love Island viewers may not be aware of some of its best-kept production secrets – from secret holidays to giving contestants a chance to relax with an extensive program of treatments and meals never seen
Love Island is just a few weeks away from making its comeback and will hit our screens almost nightly throughout the summer.
The 2022 series promises a brand new mansion, as well as the usual heated controversies and shocking twists and turns the show has become known for.
The hit ITV reality series many viewers may not know about some of the best-kept production secrets – from secret holidays to giving contestants a chance to relax with leprosy therapy rich and the meals are not visible.
Here’s how Love Island works behind the scenes.
Series three contestant Kem Cetinay previously revealed the cast was given a ‘day off’ on Saturday and a chance to go to the beach – despite strict regulations.
He told This Morning: “They get one day off a week.
“What happens is they give them a day to clean the villa and you take off the mic and normally we go to the beach and relax. Not many people know this. What happens is that when you remove the mic, you are not allowed to talk about anything related to the show.
“You have to talk about family 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’re pretty careful about what you say because they want to keep it so everyone at home can watch and watch the video. It’s a rest day after all the games. stress, all the stressful dating, deciding who you like and don’t like.”
In an Instagram Q&A with fans after he left the villa, series seven contestant Hugo Hammond said they get to cook lunch and dinner at the Love Island mansion.
“The food was pretty good, we had a lot of chicken and fish so it was a bit repetitive and they served it by bringing it to the kitchen table and chairs,” he said.
“We’ll eat, we’ll clean, finish it, wash all the dishes ourselves and then they’ll put the tables and chairs away and we’ll go on with our best Island life.”
With lunch and dinner provided to them, the contestants only had to arrange their own breakfast.
Viewers never see them but there are actually 200 people scattered around the mansion so there’s always one on duty wherever the cast can be.
This gives each islander four days between them.
There is no clock in the mansion, which has led some contestants to resort to desperate means to tell the time.
“We never knew the time there,” series six winner Paige Turley told Radio Times. “We tried to calculate the time of the sun, but I don’t think we’ve ever been that good.”
The 2020 islanders seem to have found a way to solve the clockless problem by digitally checking the villa’s oven.
“They were going to take it out of the oven but they kept it for a week or so,” says Finn Tapp. “We counted the time and looked up at the sky and said, ‘The sun’s there. I bet it’s around 11:43 a.m.’ and obviously the producers said, ‘How did they get it right? so? ” “
Series five winner Amber Gill recently revealed that she and Greg O’Shea had an unprecedented big break just days before winning the show.
Speaking to YouTuber Murad Merali, she confirmed that Greg’s temper flared up during the argument.
“Greg and I had the biggest bankruptcy you can imagine as if we didn’t want to know each other,” she said.
“We said, ‘No, we’re not doing this, it’s done,’ it’s a lot.”
Amber added: “We ended up having to break up and then we got back together because we liked each other so much at the time.”
Amber also recently described Love Island’s aftercare for Hello Magazinesays she had to talk to a therapist for an hour and a half before appearing on the show.
She continued: “Even while the show was on, if something bad happened (and I went through a few bad things), you could see one of the members of the show. welfare group.
“If you want to go see them, you have a choice. Then you’ll talk to the very woman you talked to and the welfare team.
“I think of it as a 14 to 18 week therapy program that you get after the program is over when you talk to someone every week.
“Then they try to set you up with an outsider who’s not part of ITV’s welfare group and then go from there. That’s a long time.”
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