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Is Love Island scripted?

Many viewers wonder if elements of Love Island are scripted (Picture: ITV)

Love Island’s eighth season has only just begun, and already we’ve seen bombshells stealing partners and sabotage attempts.

And, with several more weeks of the ITV2 series ahead of the UK, many are hoping for plenty of drama to unfold this season.

However, with the contestants’ antics already having viewers in stitches – Elt and John, anyone? – some wonder if the show could be scripted.

Many cast members have previously spoken out about what happens behind the scenes at the villa, as well as how organically relationships form and whether anything is staged.

Here’s everything you need to know about how ‘real’ Love Island is and whether contestants are given direction.

Is Love Island staged?

There are conflicting beliefs and statements about how staged Love Island is, with producers vehemently denying they ‘fake, stage or script’ any of the show.

A statement from show said: ‘As anyone who watches the show regularly would know, Love Island is a combination of reality and produced elements that are reflective of what’s happening in the villa, and is a fair and accurate representation of villa life.

‘It is absolutely untrue to suggest that Love Island is fake, staged or scripted. The opinions they have and the relationships formed are completely within the control of the Islanders themselves.’

However, previous cast members have suggested that the show’s producers steer conversations.

Former islander and sister of Rochelle Humes, Sophie Piper explained that it was a mixture of reality and direction.

When asked, she told Grazia: ‘A bit of both, but it’s not massively staged. Producers might suggest, “Why don’t you talk about this and that?”‘.

Meanwhile, 2017 contestant Tyla Carr said: ‘You have to tell the producers on-site if you are planning to have an important chat or do something,’ she said. ‘So they make sure the microphones pick it up and the cameras get it.

‘If you forget they would call you in and ask you to film it again. Liv Attwood had to dump Sam Gowland twice last year, which was embarrassing for both of them!’

In 2019 a whistleblower told Mail on Sunday that many of the on-screen scenarios are ‘very, very fake’ and that contestants are ‘given lines to learn’ – however the show has strongly denied these claims.

And some former islanders have said the show appears to now be scripted but that this is a new phenomenon.

Malin Andersson, who took part in the second series of Love Island, previously told Metro.co.uk it was ‘sad’ to see scripted moments saying it ‘takes away the innocence of finding love on the show.’

Some wonder whether moments are staged (Picture: ITV)

The Sun also claimed in 2018 there was a 408-page cheat manual that detailed how the islanders could manipulate votes to get their love rivals out of the villa.

Love Island bosses have staunchly denied any of these rumours, refuting the report and that scenes are staged.

A spokesperson from the show said: ‘As anyone who watches the show regularly would know, Love Island is a combination of reality and produced elements that are reflective of what’s happening in the villa, and is a fair and accurate representation of villa life.

‘It is absolutely untrue to suggest that Love Island is fake, staged or scripted. The opinions they have and the relationships formed are completely within the control of the Islanders themselves.’

Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2.


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