Arielle Vandenberg is your host of the North American version of Love Island and if the actress and comedian looks familiar, it might be because you recognize her from the Arctic Monkeys “R U Mine?” music video or episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Meet the Browns and Greek. Or perhaps you’re one of her 1.2 million Instagram followers. Still can’t put your finger on it? Maybe you remember her screaming about sushi, eating chips out of her bra or dancing in her car on the now defunct social media network, Vine.
Before it went bust in 2017, Vandenberg was a top user of the short-form-video-hosting service. She made hundreds of videos on the app, many featuring her boyfriend and former fellow Viner, Matt Cutshall.
Since Vine shut down, the couple has continued to make funny Vine-esque content together for Instagram. Now, she’s bringing that same humour we know and love to the forthcoming edition of the overseas reality TV phenomenon.
“Watching Love Island is like watching your favourite romantic comedy five nights a week with your best friends…and Arielle would be the friend bringing the popcorn,” said CBS executive Sharon Vuong. “Aside from being a huge fan of the genre, she’s a gifted performer with an impressive resume across multiple mediums who has a genuine and unique connection with all of her fans.”
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Starting July 9, Love Island will air on CTV five nights a week for five weeks. Set in a tropical Fiji Island, five single men and women (dubbed “Islanders”) are paired up in a selection ceremony (“the coupling”). The newly formed couples compete together in games and challenges, and sleep in the same bed. Meanwhile, tempting new singles are gradually added to the villa. Islanders are given opportunities to break up and change partners, and others are voted out by fans. Drama, love, intrigue and possible betrayals? We’ll be watching.
Love Island premieres on Wednesday, July 9 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.