Phones play their part in Love Island – but can the contestants use their personal ones? (Picture: ITV)
The long hot summer is about to kick off as Love Island 2021 makes its way on to our screens – bringing the series back for the first time since early 2020.
This year’s series will see a return to the show’s Spanish villa, with 11 new contestants initially moving in and looking for love – and no doubt bringing the drama as they do.
Of course one thing we’ll be hearing again on the show is the shout of ‘I’ve got a text!’ every time one of the Islanders receives some important news.
They’ll be getting those on their phones, of course – but are they allowed to take their actual phones in the villa, and can they have any contact with the outside world?
Here’s what you need to know…
Can Love Island contestants use their phones in the villa?
The short answer is no – Love Island contestants cannot use their own phones in the villa.
They are, however, issued with phones for use on the show – which can only be used for certain limited purposes.
The handsets are used for the production team to communicate with the contestants in the event of big announcements.
The contestants can also use the phones to send messages to one another, as well as take selfies (although they can’t upload them to Instagram as social media is a no-no).
Former contestant Harley Judge – who appeared in the 2017 series of the show – told OK! Online: ‘We have an island chat where we can talk amongst the islanders and then Love Island can contact you so any big event in the villa you will receive by text.’
A text normally means an event is coming in the villa (Picture: ITV)
He also revealed contestants can also use their phone for flirtatious purposes – admitting he sent a wink emoji to fellow contestant Amber Davies.
2019 contestant Joanna Chimonides also opened up about the phones, telling KISSTORY: ‘You can get pictures on the phones, videos and you can text each other in the villa on the phones as well.
‘Producers don’t take them off you, they are either in your hand or on charge.’
Love Island continues on ITV2 tonight at 9pm.
Credit: Original article published here.