The hit U.K. reality show Love Island is travelling across the pond to North America, then taking a sharp left to the island of Fiji. Starting July 9, the dating show that puts a group of sexy singles together on an island is coming to CTV five nights a week, which means it’s about to be the summer of snogging. (Sorry, we’re still thinking of the British version.) Summer of sexy? Yeah, that works.
So, what can you expect from the show that’s been a huge hit and has even lead to actual relationships that have made it past the season finale (eat your rose-giving heart out, Bachelor)? Sexy language, sexy games, sexy hookups. Oh yeah, it goes there.
WHAT IS IT?
A group of Islanders, aka 10 attractive single men and women, live together in a villa in a picturesque tropical paradise. The show opens with a matchmaking game and the couples then spend the rest of the season trying to stay together while being tempted by other Islanders. The Islanders are at constant risk of being left by their new partner or voted off the island by fans. Sounds about as stressful as dating IRL.
WILL THERE BE TWISTS?
You bet your board shorts there will be twists. Love Island loves to throw in a few new Islanders here and there to spice up the summer romances and test each new couple’s relationship.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?
Love Island isn’t just one hour of attractive people lounging in their bathing suits. Well, it is that, but it’s also much more. According to executive producer David Eilenberg, Love Island acts as a controlled snapshot of dating in 2019. “One thing we hear about dating apps is you’re constantly contending with FOMO and that some hotter better person might be right around the corner — so when do you actually commit? The mechanics of this show bring that conundrum to life,” he told Entertainment Weekly. So, it’s like a case study. Totally educational!
WILL IT BE AS RACY AS THE U.K. VERSION?
Known for its R-rated scenes in the U.K., including sexually explicit language, the North American version will be a slightly toned-down version, but still pack a ton of drama, including the games. “There are games that are meant to bond, games that are meant to spark attraction, and games that are just hilarious…” says Eilenberg. “The U.S. Islanders have seen the U.K. show, for the most part. They know what they’re walking into and are excited to do it.”
WHAT KIND OF GAMES?
Kissing games. Sexy beer pong. Pole dancing competitions. We don’t remember seeing this on any Pinterest board for “How to throw the ultimate summer party,” but we do feel inspired to maybe start a new Love Island board.
IS THERE A WINNER?
We’re all winners for getting to watch Love Island, but in the more concrete sense, yes. The game has two winners, with one couple getting to walk away with a loving relationship and cash. But mostly cash.
WHEN CAN I WATCH IT?
Love Island makes its North American debut on Wednesday, July 9 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV and will air Monday to Friday.