ARE Love Island’s producers playing the biggest game of them all?
Eagle-eyed fans are questioning if the smash hit reality show is staged - so let’s take a look at the evidence.
Is Love Island scripted?
Fans were left baffled after rumours began to swirl that Hugo Hammond’s kiss in Casa Amor with bombshell Amy Day had to be filmed five times.
After the two locked lips, Hugo declared “job done”, leaving viewers cringing with second hand embarrassment.
But is it possible he was talking to the producers?
The claims haven’t been confirmed, but viewers think they’ve found other evidence that season seven could be a little less authentic than we’ve been led to believe.
One sharp-eyed fan’s TikTok went viral after they spotted an apparent continuity error.
The clip shows model Aaron Francis, teacher Hugo and bricklayer Liam Reardon chatting away on a daybed.
It then cuts away to a close up of Liam’s face, and in the next shot - boom - fashion influencer Kaz Kamwi is suddenly sitting with the group, having seemingly appeared out of nowhere.
And it’s not the first time this has happened, with fans already suspecting foul play early on in the season, after contestant Brad McClelland’s hair appeared to magically dry in seconds.
What have past Islanders said about Love Island?
As you might expect, some of the show's former stars have been grilled over whether or not they were acting all along.
Georgia Townend, a bombshell who entered the villa on Day 23 and was dumped just two days later, denied that the show was scripted.
The 28-year-old marketing exec took to Instagram to tell all after she left the villa.
Asked by a fan if the islanders are told what to say, Georgia simply said: “No, the show is not scripted.”
“We’re not performers or actresses so we wouldn’t be able to deliver lines.”
But other past islanders have dropped hints that they might not be fully in control.
Molly-Mae Hague, an influencer who appeared on 2019’s show, accused the producers of asking her to spread gossip around the villa.
She said the producers persuaded her that she should tell the other girls that Belle Hassan’s partner Anton Danyluk had been flirting with a shop assistant.
Speaking to CloserOnline, Molly said that “sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to do… for the storyline”.
Sophie Piper, who appeared on 2020’s winter series and is the younger sister of popstar Rochelle Humes, appeared to back up Molly-Mae’s story.
In an interview with Grazia, the Medical PA said that the producers would try and steer contestants into making certain choices, but added the caveat that she didn’t think the show was “massively staged”.
2017 star Tyla Carr went one step further, and accused producers of regularly asking for reshoots of important moments.
Love Island has always denied that they try to influence the decisions that islanders make, but do acknowledge that the show is a “combination of reality and produced elements”.
Is Love Island live?
Apart from the final, Love Island isn’t aired live.
There are also no live feeds into the villa.
This means that producers have to condense a day’s worth of footage into one hour long episode, leaving some fans wondering what they choose to leave out - and why.
It’s inevitable that some scenes will end up on the cutting room floor, but some past contestants have argued that the edit they received was less than flattering.
Jonny Mitchell, who appeared in 2017 (and was coupled up with Tyla Carr), said that he was depicted as a “snake” on his season.
Jonny told Sky News in 2019: “The way they edited the show was completely unfair.
“I got portrayed very badly in Love Island.”
Season 7’s finale is set to air on August 23, 2021, on ITV2.