Love Island is an ITV reality TV show.
As Love Island returns for its eighth series, promising more frolics in the Majorcan sun, there are plenty of viewers who hope this season regains the cultural momentum of 2019 when the show drew 3.3 million people for its first episode.
Dáithí Ó Sé is back training hard before returning to the Dome stage for this year’s Rose of Tralee. “I’m going down there match fit, blades sharpened and let’s go for it,” he said this week. Even if he doesn’t lose the weight, he has a secret weapon in his arsenal: man Spanx. The host told Angela Scanlon on her RTÉ chat show that he will squeeze into the slimming undies to look svelte in front of the camera. “I’ve nothing to hide,” he said. “Only the belly.”
You can’t really plan your year around the seasons – not in Ireland, anyway –but you can set your watch by a TV schedule. You know it’s time to start getting festive when a channel unironically airs Love Actually. Bake Off is back? Time to get autumnal. And summer? I think you mean Love Island season, baby.
‘You’ve got a text!” And it reads as follows: Haven’t you heard that Love Island shall henceforth be known as ‘Pre-Loved Island’? Well, sort of. The reality dating show caught everyone by surprise (in a good way) last week when it announced the main sponsor for the next series would be the resale platform eBay. To the uninitiated, this sounds like an incremental and relatively unimportant piece of industry news. But if you’ve been following the show, either as a fan or a hater, you’ll appreciate what it signifies.
I know International Women’s Day encourages us all to support and hold up other women, but now that March 8 has been and gone, can we all agree to leave the ‘girl boss’ firmly in the past?
There hasn’t been a proper ‘break the internet’ moment in a while, but Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain were happy to provide one at the Venice Film Festival. The two posed in front of the cameras on the red carpet, and duly turned the aftershave advert energy up to 11. Social media had a communal mouth-foam when (married) Isaac kissed the inside of (also married) Chastain’s bare arm. The resulting video was slowed down, making things look somehow even more softcore than they really were. Chastain reminded everyone afterwards: “We’re acting.”
We made it. Who would have thought, all the way back in June, that the winners of Love Island 2021 (Virgin Media One) would be Liam and Millie? Well, um, nobody, because neither Liam nor Millie were a part of the original line-up. If you will recall (and I am sure you do), the Welsh lad entered the villa on day four (loads happened before then) and the London lass walked into our lives after a week and two days (a decade in Love Island time).
Love Island’s runner-up couple with Irish roots Chloe and Toby say coming second is the “cherry on the top of the cake”, and think winners Millie and Liam will make it in the real world.
ANYONE who has experienced a long-term relationship is all too aware of the peaks, troughs, and nurturing required to sustain it. So, seven summers in, gently nudging Love Island producers to consider overhauling a sitting-room staple – for the sake of the children, if nothing else – isn't too much to ask, is it?
Reality star Maura Higgins says her memory of her first year of fame is patchy at best. The weeks and months that followed her departure from the Love Island villa in 2019 were so “overwhelming” and “stressful” that she has little recollection of events.
Let's just say it; Faye needs to get over herself. Her disinterest in the baby task is understandable, but her being mean to Liberty is TOTALLY out of order. There was poor Libs, heading over for a chat in the kitchen because she'd been picking up on bad vibes and didn't want Faye to feel excluded. That went well…
Cast your mind back 48 hours. Jake had just told Liberty that he loves her, and Liberty wasted no time barrelling downstairs to share her news. Sitting at the fire pit, with ALL of them (not-at-all orchestrated) Liberty said: “You guys are going to be so proud of me. I literally went upstairs and I said how I felt and I didn’t take no s**t and I stood my ground... there was some deflection...
REMEMBER last night, when Jake's heart rate was upped most by Millie and not GIrlfRIeNd Liberty? Wouldn't you think he'd go on over and give her an ole reassuring chat and maybe even a patronising pat on the arm? Negatory. Lib had to approach the elephant in the room AGAIN. As has become customary, it was a classic case of projection, followed by a smattering of "I alone can fix it." It went a little something like this...
BOLD of producers to think we'd care this much about Priya and Brett. And yet, here we are. The entire episode centered around Priya deliberating over Brett or Matt, and a bizarre sex pact involving four couples doing the unmentionable in tandem. On national TV... Even that couldn't spice up this episode.
How was the massive Casa Amor postcard received? Well, there was but one Islander who managed to encapsulate everyone's feelings when she said: "You can ***king stay in Casa Amor, you ****ends." The only response befitting of Faye. But first...
I thought this was episode 24, not 25. Clearly, it's becoming an increasingly frenetic blur of wibbling boobs, bums, bared chests, and blank expressions. And now, like a zombie apocalypse, there's suddenly more of them – 12 more. But first... The original guys were lolling about in bed when Teddy got a text, insisting all the boys head off for a lads' holiday in Casa Amor.
I've got a few questions. Firstly, is Faye the only one with a working phone? Herself and Hugo seem to be the Islanders with a decent signal and therefore get pinged thrice the amount of times. Secondly, and more importantly - why are the boys doing all the choosing who to couple up with?
There is nothing worse than being thoroughly blanked. So, spare a thought for poor Danny Boy who got zero pecks, proposals, or pies during today's Snog, Marry, Pie poolside challenge. But first... Toby and Chloe got nominated for the Hideaway Once Millie got pinged that the den of iniquity was open for business, all Islanders promptly said Toby and Chloe should get a night away to themselves. An obvious choice given the antics the couple gets up to every night once the lights go out.
I’ve got to give it to Love Island, it’s a bold move to fill the villa with men who clearly dislike women. I’m the biggest defender of the show – my past summers have revolved around it – but over the past week and a half, almost every male islander has exposed himself as a player, unable to hold a conversation with a girl, self-obsessed or just plain misogynistic.
To summarise the first 15 minutes of tonight's show, it largely involved Kaz fighting back tears in the wake of seeing Toby and Chloe ascend to the terrace, proclaiming "feelings are b*lls**t, man." Yes, Kaz. Yes, they are.
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