‘Love Island’: The U.S. Version of the British Reality Show Is Looking for Contestants
Is America ready for Love Island? The reality dating show has been a massive hit in the U.K., earning huge ratings for ITV and spawning several international spin-offs. Now, a U.S. version is coming to CBS, and the producers are looking for singles who want to be on the show.
What is Love Island?
Love Island isn’t just a boring Bachelor retread. Rather than featuring dozens of men or women competing for a single person’s affection, on Love Island a group of men and women live in total isolation from the outside world in a villa in Mallorca, with cameras documenting their every move.
Contestants must pair up and then compete against other couples to remain on the show. People who can’t find a partner are eliminated. Sometimes, couples are eliminated from the competition via a public vote. Challenges add an extra element of drama. Eventually, one couple is declared the winner and walks away with a cash prize. On the U.K. version of the show, the prize is £50,000. But even that comes with a catch — only one partner gets the money, and they get to decide whether to split it with the other person.
As you can imagine, the show is heavy on the drama, backstabbing, and catfighting. And people can’t get enough of it. The show aired six nights a week in almost real time, and half of U.K. TV viewers under the age of 34 tuned in to watch the Season 4 finale, according to CBS.
The show is casting now
Producers are currently seeking people to be on the U.S. version of the show. They’re “on the lookout for lively singles form across the country to take part” in the show, according to an ad on Backstage.com.
“Sexy and fun” men and women between 18 and 30 are encouraged to apply. Producers are specifically looking for people with “amazing careers,” like doctors, scientists, nurses, and lawyers, as well as models. All applicants should be “warm, honest, open and genuinely looking for love.”
Those selected to be on the show will live in a luxury villa in an undisclosed tropical location. You must be available for six weeks between the end of May and July. Pay is to-be-determined, but contestants on the U.K. show have said they were paid about £200 a week, according to Express.
Will Love Island be a hit in America?
CBS is betting that U.S. audiences will be as obsessed with Love Island as their British counterparts.
“Having seen the reaction of audiences ‘across the pond’ and around the world to this most recent season, we expect American viewers will be captivated by this engaging format,” Sharon Vuong, senior vice president of alternative programming, said in a statement.
While we’ll have to wait until the summer to experience the U.S. version of the show, you can catch up on the British original on Hulu. Four seasons of Love Island are available on the streaming service.
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