LOVE Island bosses are axing on-screen lie detector tests in an effort to clean up the show.
The move follows the death of a Jeremy Kyle Show guest, and last year’s row over the way eventual winners Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham were treated.
Love Island bosses have decided to axe lie detector tests in an effort to clean up the show[/caption]
An ITV source said last night: “A series of top-level meetings have been held over the past few weeks with regard to safety measures and duty of care procedures.
“One of the issues raised was the lie detector. The feeling was, in the wake of the Jeremy Kyle case, bosses must be whiter than white — they cannot mess with people’s emotions.
“The test they used last year was very basic — one not approved by the British Polygraph Association.
“While nothing is set in stone and ideas change on an almost daily basis, at the moment there are no plans to bring the polygraphs back.”
Earlier this week ITV released a statement outlining a comprehensive after-care package for show contestants to help them cope with fame after leaving the Majorca villa.
As part of the changes for the new series, which starts on ITV2 on Monday June 3, cast members will get eight counselling sessions and 14 months of contact with the Love Island crew.
They will also undergo training sessions to help them deal with fame, including lessons in social media use and how to manage their money.
The measures come after a spate of shocking reality TV suicides, including the deaths of Islanders Sophie Gradon, 32, and Mike Thalassitis, 26.
Jeremy Kyle Show guest Steve Dymond, 63, is feared to have taken an overdose in his Portsmouth bedsit after hoping to convince his fiancée her had not been unfaithful — but failing the lie test.
In last year’s Love Island viewers accused producers of trying to split up Jack and Dani by showing him fail a test after being asked if he might stray — and leaving her in floods of tears.
My testing ordeal
THE Sun on Sunday’s Clemmie Moodie agreed to sit a lie detector test with Jason Hubble, Britain’s top polygrapher. She said:
An initial ‘Concealed Information Test’, used by the FBI in the ’60s, sees Jason test my ability to fib under duress.
Sun on Sunday’s Clemmie Moodie sat a lie detector test with Jason Hubble, Britain’s top polygrapher[/caption]
I fail. Next up — for fun, as he would not usually test so haphazardly — a quickfire quiz. After establishing my showbiz age of “32”, he asks if I’ve ever had Botox.
No. “Oh dear”, he sighs at my lie. He asks if I’ve ever been drunk at work? Yes, I admit. The machine agrees.
He asks if I’ve ever kissed a celebrity? Oh God. No, I splutter, as Jason raises an eyebrow. (No comment).
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Jason asks if any celebrity dislikes me? Make. This. Stop! Ashamed, I mumble a Yes. Thank you, Sir Elton John, for labelling me an “absolute plank”.
With a few more equally excruciating questions, eventually it’s over. So, how did I do? “Well”, Jason beams, “you’re a cr*p liar!”
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