Love Island Australia

Love Island Australia is an Australian dating reality show based on the international Love Island franchise.

Love Island Australia
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GenreReality
Created byITV Studios
Based onLove Island
Presented bySophie Monk
Narrated byEoghan McDermott
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes59
Production
Executive producers
  • Alex Mavroidakis (ITV Studios)
  • Tina Diaz (Nine Network)
  • Majella Wiemers (ITV Studios)
  • Jaala Webster (ITV Studios)
Production locations
Running time60 minutes
Production companyITV Studios Australia
Release
Original network9Go! (2018)
Nine Network
(2019–)[1]
Picture format576i
Audio formatStereo
Original release27 May 2018 (2018-05-27) –
present
External links
Website

Following the premise of other versions of the Love Island format, the show features a group of single contestants, known as "islanders" who live together in a specially constructed villa that is isolated from the outside world, in an attempt to find love. The islanders are continuously monitored during their stay in the house by live television cameras as well as personal audio microphones. Throughout the series, the contestants "couple up" to avoid being dumped from the villa. Additionally, Australia will vote for their favourite islanders to stay in the villa at points in the series. As old isladers are dumped, new islanders will enter the villa. At the end of the season, Australia will vote one final time to determine the winning couple. The series is presented by Sophie Monk[2] and narrated by Eoghan McDermott.[3]

The first season aired on Nine's secondary channel 9Go! and on Nine's free ad-supported video on demand streaming service 9Now in mid 2018.[4] With subsequent seasons airing on Nine Network's main channel, with the second season airing in late 2019. [5] with production being relocated to a villa in Fiji.[6]

Following a hiatus in 2020, Nine announced the series will return for a third season in 2021, with production being relocated to a villa on the Gold Coast.[7][8]

FormatEdit

Love Island involves a group of contestants, referred to as Islanders, living in isolation from the outside world in a villa, and constantly under video surveillance. They are allowed to use their phones for the sole reason of receiving texts from producers, alerting them of upcoming dates and activities. To survive in the villa the Islanders must be coupled up with another Islander, whether it be for love, friendship, survival or money, as the overall winning couple receives $50,000. On the first day, the Islanders couple up for the first time based on first impressions, but over the duration of the series, they are forced to "re-couple" where they can choose to remain in their current couple or swap and change. It is common for Islanders to strategically chose their partner not based on love but as a pact for the two to stay on the island as long as possible, waiting for their ideal match.

Any Islander who remains single after the coupling is eliminated and dumped from the island. Islanders can also be eliminated via public vote, as during the series the public vote through the Love Island app available on smartphones for their favourite couple, or who they think is the most compatible. Couples who receive the fewest votes risk being eliminated. Often a twist has occurred where it has been up to the Islanders to vote one of their own off the island. During the final week, the public vote for which couple they want to win the series and therefore take home $50,000.

VillasEdit

Mallorca, SpainEdit

During season one, the Islanders lived in a villa located in Mallorca, Spain. It includes open-plan living, with one large bedroom for the Islanders to sleep, however there are also day beds outside if un-coupled partners chose to sleep together, and also a Hideaway bedroom for couples to spend the night away from the others as a reward. The villa also comes with a pool, hot tub and all important fire pit. Every moment was captured by one of the 65 cameras and 55 microphones.[9]

FijiEdit

Season Two was filmed in Fiji, which is closer to Australia. It is reported that the move was made so new cast members could be added at short notice, meaning plenty of twists and turns for fans. [10][11]

ReceptionEdit

Love Island Australia averaged around 200,000 viewers for its linear broadcasts in overnight OzTAM ratings, increasing to an average of 511,000 when adding viewers from Nine's streaming service, 9Now.[12] The series performed strongest in the youngest key demographic band (16 to 39 year olds), but ranked low amongst total viewers.[13]

Series overviewEdit

Season Location Episode Islanders Airdate Finalists Prize Money Average viewers (millions)
Winner Runner-up Third place
1 Mallorca, Spain 22 30 27 May 2018 (2018-05-27) — 5 July 2018 (2018-07-05) Grant Crapp & Tayla Damir Eden Dally & Erin Alysha Barnett Josh Moss & Amelia Plummer $50,000 0.17
2 Fiji 22 29 7 October 2019 (2019-10-07) — 14 November 2019 (2019-11-14) Anna McEvoy & Josh Packham Cartier Surjan & Matthew Zukowski Cynthia Taylu & Aaron Deacon Shaw 0.28
3 Gold Coast TBA TBA 2021 (2021) TBA

CouplesEdit

Season Islanders Status
1 Grant Crapp &
Tayla Damir
Split
Eden Dally &
Erin Barnett
Split
Amelia Plummer &
Josh Moss
Together
2 Anna McEvoy &
Josh Packham
Split
Cartier Surjan &
Matthew Zukowski
Split
Cynthia Taylu &
Aaron Deacon Shaw
Split

International SyndicationEdit

The series also airs in the United Kingdom on ITVBe and in the Republic of Ireland on Virgin Media Two (formerly 3e), and is available in New Zealand on TVNZ OnDemand. The show can be streamed internationally on Hulu in the United States among other places.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Comms, Nine (16 October 2018). ""We believe Love Island will be our next break out success and are moving #LoveIslandAU from @9Go! To @Channel9 in primetime" – Lizzie Young #9Upfront".
  2. ^ Knox, David (1 December 2017). "Sophie Monk confirmed for Love Island". TV Tonight. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  3. ^ Domjen, Briana (1 July 2018). "Love Island Australia narrator Eoghan McDermott reveals why he won't go on the dating show". The Daily Telegraph. Sydney. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  4. ^ Knox, David (11 October 2017). "Nine 2018 Upfronts: Renewals underpin new slate". TV Tonight. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  5. ^ Chandra, Jessica (22 September 2019). "Love Island Australia Season 2 premiere date announced". 9Now. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  6. ^ Chatterjee, Amrit (8 July 2019). "Love Island Australia Season 2: All You Need To Know". OtakuKart News. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  7. ^ Knox, David (16 September 2020). "Upfronts 2021: Nine". TV Tonight. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  8. ^ "NINE UPFRONTS: MAJOR TENTPOLES RETURN + NINE REVIVES BEAUTY AND THE GEEK". TV Black Box. 16 September 2020. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  9. ^ Lee, Ashling (3 June 2018). "Inside Love Island Australia's Lush Mallorcan Villa". PopSugar. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  10. ^ Palmer, Katie. (2020, June 26). Love Island Australia location: Where is Love Island Australia filmed? Inside amazing set. Express. Retrieved 14 February, 2020. https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1296120/love-island-australia-location-where-is-love-island-australia-filmed-set
  11. ^ Chatterjee, Amrit (8 July 2019). "Love Island Australia Season 2: All You Need To Know". OtakuKart News. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  12. ^ Knox, David (10 July 2018). "Love Island "a blueprint" for TV, says Nine". TV Tonight. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  13. ^ Kelly, Vivienne (10 July 2018). "Nine in talks with ITV about Love Island season two, as programming boss rejects claims show was a failure". Mumbrella. Retrieved 10 July 2018.