Reality shows across the television world have been hit by Corona lockdown. City first takes a peek at another reality show and the lockdown impact!
Love Island has reportedly been hit by yet another crisis amid concerns coronavirus may stop the series from going ahead. After ITV bosses hinted the series may be axed this year as it would send the wrong signal to viewers, sources are now claiming the ITV2 is struggling to get insurance to be filmed in Mallorca. It’s reported that bosses are considering asking its stars to isolate for two weeks before filming starts this summer, but without insurance, production could be shut down completely. ‘The current plan is to fly crew and contestants out to Majorca two weeks before filming starts and then isolate everyone. But even with these measures, insurance companies won’t offer cover. ‘ITV can’t do the series without insurance. If the series is airing and even just one person tests positive for the virus, the whole thing would have to be shut down immediately.’
Love Island is a British dating reality series. It is a revival of the earlier celebrity series of the same name, which aired for two series in 2005 and 2006 on ITV. The series is narrated by Iain Stirling, and was hosted by Caroline Flack until 2019; Laura Whitmore began presenting the series in 2020. In 2018, it won a BAFTA Award for Best Reality and Constructed Factual show.
Love Island involves a group of contestants, referred to as Islanders, living in isolation from the outside world in a villa in Mallorca, constantly under video surveillance. To survive in the villa the Islanders must be coupled up with another Islander, whether it be for love, friendship or money, as the overall winning couple receives £50,000. On the first day, the Islanders couple up for the first time based on first impressions, but over the duration of the series, they are forced to “re-couple” where they can choose to remain in their current couple or swap and change.
Any Islander who remains single after the coupling is eliminated and dumped from the island. Islanders can also be eliminated via a public vote, as during the series the public vote through the Love Island app available on smartphones for their favourite couple, or who they think is the most compatible. Couples who receive the fewest votes risk being eliminated. Often a twist has occurred where it has been up to the Islanders to eliminate couples. During the final week, the public vote for which couple they want to win the series and therefore take home £50,000.