Would you go on Love Island’?

In the run up to the Love Island final The Face took to the streets of Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds and Manchester to ask the burning question (and a couple more).

After a long – and emo­tion­al­ly charged – jour­ney we are final­ly on the Love Island home stretch. In just a few short days Flack will announce this season’s win­ners and the fever-pitch love-in will be over. Fast fashion’s finest will issue dis­count codes to this fresh batch of mega-influ­encers and the nation will have to find some­thing to talk about oth­er than Maura’s sassy punchlines. 

But it’s been a good one. Rat­ing records have been scorched, our feeds inun­dat­ed with memes and every­one and their dog has fall­en for Ovie (com­plete­ly under­stand­able, of course). This year’s Love Island has cement­ed the show’s sta­tus as The Biggest Thing On Tele. A cul­tur­al phe­nom­e­non that’s gripped the nation so tight­ly, it’s even man­aged to choke­hold ITV2 into a two-series a year deal. 

Indeed, as we hob­ble over the fin­ish line, beat­en down by eight swel­ter­ing weeks of graft­ing, recou­pling and gasp-so-hard-you-spill-your-tea dra­ma, it’s hard to ignore the show’s mono­lith­ic influ­ence. Love Island’s exclu­sive fash­ion part­ner I Saw It Here First gained almost 50,000 new fol­low­ers in one month, whilst a cov­er by singer-song­writer Lusaint (who boast­ed just 726 Face­book fol­low­ers) broke Spotify’s top ten viral song chart after a 10 sec­ond sync. 

So imag­ine being the main attrac­tion. Hav­ing your swim­suit-clad body beamed into mil­lions of homes every sin­gle night, tot­ting-up mil­lions of Insta­gram fol­low­ers and blow­ing up Twit­ter with 2.5 bil­lion impres­sions. When you also con­sid­er the two months of wall-to-wall sun­shine, the poten­tial to fall in love and a £50k cash prize, it’s easy to see why more peo­ple applied to Love Island than Oxbridge last year. 

But would you actu­al­ly go on Love Island? Amongst the suc­cess sto­ries (2016 win­ners Olivia Buck­land and Alex Bowen mar­ried last year and are worth a com­bined £4.4m), the series has been plagued with much con­tro­ver­sy. Two sui­cides, count­less call-outs for its lack of diver­si­ty and the villa’s all-too-often tox­ic atmos­phere has left us with lots of ques­tions, those that we haven’t already answered on our Love Island pod­cast.

The Face hit the streets of Man­ches­ter, Leeds, Cardiff and Bris­tol to get to see who’s up for it.

WHY THE HECK DO PEOPLE GO ON?

Listen now: Why the heck do people go on?

Tianna, Abigail, Emily, Leeds, 17

Tian­na: I think peo­ple go on Love Island for mon­ey. Mon­ey, fame, and 25% to find love.”

Emma, Jemima, Cardiff, 14-16

I think after more sea­sons peo­ple have kind of realised when they come off it there’s a lot of oppor­tu­ni­ties, so the rea­sons for peo­ple going on are prob­a­bly less gen­uine now than they were at the start.”

Morgan, Manchester, 16

I don’t think any­one goes on Love Island to find love on an island.”

Sam, Manchester, 19

Mon­ey and fame and brand deals and that type of thing. Flat tum­my tea and char­coal teeth whiten­ing kits.”

Jade, Intisar, Bristol, 17

Jade: You get famous – lots of celebri­ties endorse­ment. You get to do adver­tis­ing, which adds to the fact that you can grow a pro­file of your­self in media, real­ly, it’s just based on being popular.

SO WOULD YOU GO ON?

Listen now: So would you go on?

TJ, Leeds, 21

I would not go on Love Island because I feel like I’d have to be a dif­fer­ent sort of me on there. Find­ing love on a game show with £50k on the line is a bit weird, to be hon­est. I’d rather work for £50k than find my Mrs through that.“

Catherine, Manchester, 18

More for the jokes, I think it would be fun­ny – espe­cial­ly the girls they make dead good friendships.”

Charlotte, Sara, Cardiff, 22

Sara: I would love to go on Love Island to, you know, just live my life. 

Char­lotte: The expe­ri­ence would be the best.

WHAT WOULD YOUR PARENTS THINK?

Listen now: But what would your parents think?

Charlie, Bristol, 22

I think [my mum] would be quite sup­port­ive. She’d be like, oh you’ve met lots of quite nice girls – well done, at last.’ My dad wouldn’t even know it was on, he’d have no idea.”

Amelie, Bristol, 17

I feel like my dad would get a heli­copter in and take me away from it.”

WHO ARE YOU LOVING ON LOVE ISLAND?

Listen now: Who You Loving on Love Island

Joshua, Ajay, Cameron, Cardiff, 16

Ajay: The only one I like is Tom­my Fury because he’s relat­ed to Tyson Fury, that’s the only rea­son why I like him.

Phoebe, Kaisa, Victoria, Zak, Bristol, 22-24

Zac: I real­ly like Mau­ra because she is evil.

Millie, Aaliyah, Leeds, 16

Aaliyah: Ovie – he’s leng.

Mil­lie: I think the cou­ple that’s gonna win is def­i­nite­ly Tom­my and Mol­ly. It’s almost guaranteed.

Megan, Manchester, 18

I rate Anton, but there’s cer­tain things I don’t get. Like, I don’t get why you would say your mum shaves your arse on live TV.”

WOULD YOU DO ​‘IT' ON TV?

Listen now: Would you do ’it’ on TV?

Callum, Leeds, 16

Yeah, of course I’d shag some­one on TV. It would be fun­ny. I’d do it just for a laugh. If it hap­pens it hap­pens, you don’t real­ly pay atten­tion to the TV. Would be pret­ty fun­ny to re-watch it after­wards though.”


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