Temptation Island (TV series)

Temptation Island is an American reality television program broadcast on Fox and USA Network in which several couples agree to live with a group of singles of the opposite sex, in order to test the strength of their relationships. It's based on the Dutch TV-program Blind Vertrouwen (translated as Blind Faith) created by Endemol and has been adapted by different countries.

Temptation Island
GenreReality television
Written byAliyah Silverstein
Brendan Wentworth
Presented byMark L. Walberg
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes50
Production location(s)Ambergris Caye, Belize and Roatán, Honduras and Maui, Hawaii
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Fox World
DistributorFox Television Studios
20th Television
Original networkFox (2001–2003)
USA Network (2019–present)
Original releaseJanuary 10, 2001 (2001-01-10) – September 29, 2003 (2003-09-29);
January 15, 2019 (2019-01-15) –


The first season of the show was taped on Ambergris Caye in Belize. Season 1 premiered on January 10, 2001 and aired its finale on February 28, 2001. The debut episode drew 16 million viewers.[1] The show was controversial from the get-go, something that Fox hoped would drive ratings. Four male contestants lived in one section with a dozen female models, and the four female contestants lived in another section with a dozen attractive men. The initial couples were Kaya Wittenburg and Valerie Penso, Mandy Lauderdale and Billy Cleary, Ytossie Patterson and Taheed Watson, and Andy Lukei and Shannon Roghair. Patterson and Watson were removed from the show when the producers learned that the pair had children together. The remaining three couples continued.

Season 2 premiered on October 31, 2001 and delivered poor ratings.[2] After a nearly two-year layoff, a third edition of the series premiered on August 28, 2003. Like Season 2, Season 3 also delivered poor ratings.[3]

Mark L. Walberg hosted all three editions. Reruns once aired on Hulu, but are no longer available there.

A revamped version of the show, once again hosted by Walberg,[4] premiered on the USA Network on January 15, 2019.[5] USA Network announced the show was renewed for a second season on February 26, 2019.[6] On August 22, 2019, it was announced that the fifth season would premiere on October 10, 2019.[7][8]

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
18January 10, 2001 (2001-01-10)October 31, 2001 (2001-10-31)
212November 7, 2001 (2001-11-07)February 14, 2002 (2002-02-14)
38August 28, 2003 (2003-08-28)September 29, 2003 (2003-09-29)
411January 15, 2019 (2019-01-15)March 26, 2019 (2019-03-26)
511October 10, 2019 (2019-10-10)December 19, 2019 (2019-12-19)


Seasons 4 and 5 were filmed on Maui, Hawaii. The couples were:

Season 4Edit

Couple Hometown # Years Dating Status Notes
Javen Butler & Shari Ligons San Francisco, CA 8 years Engaged
Karl Collins & Nicole Tutewohl Chicago, IL 2.5 years Split
John Thurmond and Kady Krambeer Fort Worth, TX 3 years Split On the show, John dated Katheryn and Kady dated Johnny. Both are now single.[9]
Evan Smith & Kaci Campbell Los Angeles, CA 5 years Split Evan is the son of Gavin Smith. On the show, Evan broke up with Kaci to begin a relationship with Morgan Lolar. Evan and Morgan were engaged until he cheated on her with Instagram models.

Season 5Edit

# Couple Occupation Hometown # Years Dating Status notes
1 Kate Griffith Sales Executive Hoboken, NJ 3 years back together
David Benavidez Sales Executive
2 Esonica Veira Miss Universe US Virgin Islands 2017 Decatur, GA 1 year split
Gavin Rocker Private Security
3 Ashley Howland Dental Assistant Deland, FL 1.5 years split
Casey Starchak Online Sales
4 Ashley Goldson Store Manager Boston, MA 4 years split
Rick Fleur Model

International versionsEdit

Country Name Host Channel First year aired
  Argentina Confianza ciega Juan Castro Canal 9 2001
  Australia Temptation Island Peter Colquhoun 7 Network December 21, 2002
  Brazil Ilha da Sedução Babi Xavier SBT 2002
  Bulgaria Островът на изкушението
Ostrovat na izkushenyeto
Vitomir Saraivanov Nova TV November 1, 2007 – January 18, 2008
  Chile Amor a Prueba Karla Constant Mega December 1, 2014
  Finland Temptation Island Suomi Sami Kuronen Nelonen 2015–present
  France L'Île de la tentation Stéphane Bouillaud
Céline Géraud
TF1 July 6, 2002 – August 26, 2008
Laurent Fontaine Virgin 17 April 27, 2010 – June 18, 2010
Julie Taton W9 July 2019
  Germany Temptation Island – Versuchung im Paradies Angela Finger-Erben RTL March 6, 2019 – present
  Hungary A Kísértés Balázs Sebestyén RTL Klub 2004
  Italy Vero amore
Temptation Island
Maria De Filippi
Filippo Bisciglia
Canale 5 May 19, 2005 – June 9, 2005
July 3, 2014 – present
Temptation Island VIP Simona Ventura
Alessia Marcuzzi
September 18, 2018 – present
  Mexico Confianza Ciega SKY 2004
  Belgium (Flanders)
Temptation Island Tine Van den Brande and Ton van Royen VT4
Tine Van den Brande and Viktor Brand VT4
Hans Otten and Tanja Jess VT4
Véronique De Kock and Co Roworth 2007
Annelien Coorevits and Rick Brandsteder VIJF
  Netherlands Temptation Island VIPS Kaj Gorgels and Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau Videoland 2018–2019
  Philippines Love In Temptation Island None TV5 Supposed airdate was on 2012; Cancelled
  Portugal Confiança Cega Felipa Garnel SIC 2001
Ilha da Tentação Carlos Ribeiro TVI 2002
  Romania Temptation Island - Insula Iubirii Radu Vâlcan
Iulia Gheorghe
Antena 1 2015–present
  Russia Остров Искушений
Ostrov Iskushenij
Vladislav Galkin REN TV 2005
Temptation Island Pontus Gårdinger (2002)
Pernille Aalund (2002)
Martin Björk (2003)
Kanal 5
  Spain Confianza ciega Francine Gálvez Antena 3 January 2002
La isla de las tentaciones Mónica Naranjo
Sandra Barneda (debates)
Cuatro (debates)
January 9, 2020 – present
  United Kingdom Temptation Island UK Ed Hall Sky1 2001

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Surrender to Your Desire: Temptation Island Premiere Is Here". E! Online. January 8, 2019. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  2. ^ Steve Rogers (February 7, 2003). "FOX announces the return of 'Temptation Island 3,' begins casting". Reality TV World. Retrieved January 19, 2009.
  3. ^ Steve Rogers (September 30, 2003). "'Temptation Island 3' ends with one couple staying together while three others part ways". Reality TV World. Retrieved January 19, 2009.
  4. ^ "USA Network Will Reboot Temptation Island This January! | Blog". USA Network. November 13, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  5. ^ Malone, Michael. "'Temptation Island' Starts on USA Jan. 15". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "'Temptation Island' Renewed For Season 2 On USA".
  7. ^ "TVLine Items: Mr. Iglesias Renewed, Supernatural Vet's SEAL Gig and More". TVLine. August 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "TVLine Items: Goliath Season 3 Trailer, Homecoming Stars Return and More". TVLine. August 22, 2019.
  9. ^ https://www.eonline.com/news/1028260/usa-s-temptation-island-status-update-where-are-they-now#photo-961918

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