The Love Island 2019 launch show has been given a major shake-up.
A brand new set of Islanders will be entering the villa this week for the holiday of a lifetime as they try to walk away with a partner and a life-changing amount of cash.
However, there will be a few changes this year with ITV bosses introducing new ‘care’ rules in the aftermath of a series of suicides, including Islanders Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis as well as Jeremy Kyle guest Steve Dymond.
The first coupling ceremony is usually full of twists and turns before a massive spanner is thrown into the works in the form of an extra contestant.
One Islander is normally left on their own without a partner, but that is all set to change this year as there are five girls and seven guys.
The ladies will be standing in the villa waiting for the men to arrive – but there aren’t enough for all of the guys to have a partner.
Therefore, two unlucky lads will not be matched with someone on their first day in the villa.
Usually one Islander is left all alone at the start, but the changes mean the two boys who have not been coupled up can have time to bind together.
This differs to previous series, where one Islander became the odd one out and had to sleep in bed alone.
Last year, Adam Collard made a surprise late arrival into the villa at the end of the coupling ceremony.
He was given 24 hours to choose a girl to couple up with – and took Kendall Rae-Knight away from Niall Aslam.
Bosses have also reportedly axed the controversial lie detector tests as part of efforts to clean up the show’s image.
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Richard Cowles, Creative Director ITV Studios Entertainment, spoke about the changes to the care procedure last week.
He said: “We’re very excited that Love Island is back for another series. It is the nation’s favourite dating show and we have a fabulous new cast of young singles all looking for love and ready for a summer of romance in the iconic Love Island villa.
“The format of the new series will be familiar to Love Island viewers and we can’t wait to see how the new Islanders take to life in the villa and how relationships blossom. We hope that viewers will be hooked as they watch these young singles fall in love – hopefully it will be a summer to remember for both the Islanders and our viewers.
“Due to the success of the show our Islanders can find themselves in the public eye following their appearance. We really want to make sure they have given real consideration to this and what appearing on TV entails. Discussing all of this with us forms a big part of the casting process and, ultimately, their decision to take part.
“Also, as we are outlining today our welfare processes follow three key stages: pre-filming, filming and aftercare and we are increasing our post filming support to help Islanders following their time in villa.”
The Love Island team have been working with Dr Paul Litchfield in order to independently review, evolve and enhance the care process.
He said: “I have reviewed Love Island’s duty of care processes from end to end and they show a degree of diligence that demonstrates the seriousness with which this is taken by the production team.
“The processes and the support offered to Islanders have necessarily evolved as the show has developed and grown in popularity. The aim throughout has been to identify vulnerabilities at an early stage so that necessary adjustments can be made or potential Islanders can be advised that the show is not right for them.
“A high level of professional expertise has been engaged to provide comprehensive support not only while young people are actively engaged with the show but also for an extended period when they are adjusting to life thereafter.
“Professional input is a key element in safeguarding the wellbeing of Islanders but the genuine caring attitudes I have observed from those who make the show are as important.”
*Love Island returns on Monday 3 June on ITV2 at 9pm
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