Love Island is set to return to our screens on June 3, following a mass debate on whether it should be banned after the deaths of two former contestants.
In the aftermath of the deaths of Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, as well Jeremy Kyle guest Steve Dymond, ITV producers have said they have cracked down on the aftercare they provide contestants.
The reality TV series has become famous for airing scenes of islanders romping, with Megan Barton Hanson and Eyal Booker causing a stir for getting intimate 18 days into the show last year.
And while it’s always a topic of debate as to whether Love island will air sex scenes, following producers toning it down from the earlier series, Daily Star Online can confirm that ‘intimate moments’ will still be aired during the show’s fifth season.
“We only tend to show moments of intimacy when we feel it is important”
A spokesman for ITV said: “The show isn’t about sex, it’s about following the couples’ journeys.
“We only tend to show moments of intimacy when we feel it is important to the couple’s story and advances the narrative of the show.”
Following a number of contestants getting it on last year, the series became well known for the Do Bits Society and Dry Hump Society.
Islanders joked that if you had sex or “did bits” in the villa you became a member of the DBS.
ITV also revealed that the amount of alcohol contestants drink in the villa will be monitored.
The spokesman said: “We provide our Islanders with all of the necessary precautionary measures and all alcohol consumption is strictly monitored by our production team.”
Speaking on whether smoking will be aired after last year’s ban, he added: “We have a designated smoking area outside the villa; Islanders can only use this area alone.”
Viewers also argued that ITV should ban the lie detector fan-favourite episode after it was claimed by an ex-producer of The Jeremy Kyle Show that results were sometimes “faked to make them more dramatic”.
ITV had no comment on whether the test will go ahead on this season, but have said contestants will receive a comprehensive aftercare package to help them cope with fame after the show.
Creative Director at ITV Studios Entertainment, Richard Cowles said: “Due to the success of the show our Islanders can find themselves in the public eye following their appearance.
“We really want to make sure they have given real consideration to this and what appearing on TV entails…
“We are outlining today our welfare processes follow three key stages: pre-filming, filming and aftercare and we are increasing our post filming support to help Islanders following their time in villa.”
The statement revealed that islanders will get “bespoke” training on dealing with hate, advice on finance and adjusting to life back home.
A minimum of eight therapy sessions will be provided to each contestant when they return home and will have “proactive” contact with the ITV team for 14 months afterwards.
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