|Presented by||Patrick Kielty (2005–06)
Kelly Brook (2005)
Fearne Cotton (2006)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|Executive producer(s)||Rachel Arnold
Rebecca De Young
|Running time||30–60 mins|
|Production company(s)||ITV Productions|
|Original channel||ITV, STV, UTV|
|Original run||16 May 2005 –
28 August 2006
|Related shows||I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!|
Love Island (originally Celebrity Love Island) was a daily British reality television programme. In the show, twelve single celebrities spent five weeks on an island in Fiji. Viewers would vote for the couple they would like to see in the "love shack" where the two would get to know one another better. In the first season, each week viewers voted celebrities off the island, but in the second, the inhabitants had the final say. The identities of those being kicked out were revealed in the eviction episodes. The prize for the final couple left standing was £50,000. The second series also featured the inhabitants having to cook and clean up after themselves to fight the appearance that they were just there for a free holiday. It was originally presented by Patrick Kielty and Kelly Brook, with Fearne Cotton taking over as female host in the second series. It aired in the United Kingdom on ITV. The first series aired in the summer of 2005, and it was won by Jayne Middlemiss and Fran Cosgrave. The second series began in July 2006, dropping Celebrity from its name. It was won by Bianca Gascoigne and Calum Best. The theme tune for the first series was Wish I, performed by Jem. A specially-composed summer theme by Daniel Pemberton (later released under the title From Fiji With Love) was used for the second series. The show was axed in November 2006.
Series 1 (2005)
The first series was broadcast during the summer of 2005.
|Jayne Middlemiss||TV presenter||WINNER|
|Fran Cosgrave||Nightclub owner||WINNER|
|Lady Isabella Hervey||"It Girl", sister of Lady Victoria Hervey|
|Rebecca Loos||David Beckham's former PA|
|Liz McClarnon||Singer (member of Atomic Kitten)|
|Judi Shekoni||Actress, model, TV presenter||First to be evicted|
|Nikki Ziering||Model||(Late arrival)|
The show attracted controversy from the moment it was announced by ITV. It was marketed as a rival for Channel 4's popular reality show, Big Brother, which returned for a sixth series soon after the show's launch. Many commentators felt that the format of the show provided low quality television as an excuse to attract high ratings.
Following the launch of the show, the celebrities were criticised by viewers for being boring, and the celebrity status of some of the participants was questioned. There was some suspicion that the contestants were simply using the programme as a free holiday, and the tabloids claimed that producers held crisis meetings to figure out how to keep things interesting.
Soon afterwards, tabloid reports claimed that the show's presenters, Kelly Brook and Patrick Kielty, were engaged in a bitter feud. The problems between the pair allegedly started after Kielty told viewers on the live show that Brook had previously been involved in a relationship with one of the contestants, Paul Danan. However, even the promise of fireworks between the two hosts was not enough to keep viewers interested, and one episode of the show only attracted less than 2 million viewers. Producers later hired model Nikki Ziering to spice up the show.
The show was also resented by fans of long-running ITV soap Coronation Street. ITV decided to move its flagship programme from 19:30 to 20:30 on Monday nights, to provide a successful lead-in for Love Island, in the hope of increasing ratings. Writers John Fay and Daran Little complained to the press about the treatment of the show. ITV argued that it took the decision to move the soap very seriously and only did so when absolutely necessary. A meeting was requested with ITV programming director Nigel Pickard to discuss the issue.
On 10 June 2005, although ratings were beginning to pick up, with the show close to overtaking Big Brother in popularity, a strong storm over the islands of Fiji disrupted the programme. A live eviction show had to be cancelled as six-foot waves made it impossible for crewmembers to cross over to where the celebrities were staying. Instead, ITV was forced to repeat the episode from the previous night with unseen footage.
Shekoni was the first celebrity to be voted off the show by the public. "For the short period I was there I got on with everybody and didn't have any negative experiences. But when I watch it now I just think, oh God, I had a lucky escape that I didn't end up crying in front of the cameras, or getting rejected by any of the guys, or involved in any of the arguments. I know my family are just pleased that I got out and didn't do anything to ruin my integrity and morals and didn't do anything embarrassing in there. I knew almost instantly that I didn't fancy any of them, and I think that's why I got voted out. That's fair enough because it is supposed to be the love island and I obviously hadn't found love. I'm still looking, though, and I've been out searching ever since."
Series 2 (2006)
The second series first aired on 10 July, and ran for seven weeks, a little longer than the previous year's series. It was announced in late May 2006 that Fearne Cotton would be Kielty's new co-host with Series 1 winner Jayne Middlemiss presenting Aftersun with Matt Brown on ITV2. It also has a new sponsor, popular chocolate bar Bounty.
On 6 July the list of contestants was announced, with the news that the word "Celebrity" would be dropped from the show title, due to the inclusion of non celebrities.
10 July–28 August, seven weeks, 17 contestants and 3 house guests:
|Bianca Gascoigne||Modelling, being the stepdaughter of Paul Gascoigne||WINNER|
|Calum Best (late arrival week 4)||Modelling, being the son of George Best||WINNER|
|Kéllé Bryan||Singing (former member of Eternal)||Runner-up|
|Kate Lawler||TV/Radio Presenting, DJing, winning Big Brother 3||Evicted: At the Final (late arrival week 6)|
|Chris Brosnan||Being the adopted son of actor Pierce Brosnan||Evicted: Final Day|
|Sophie Anderton||Modelling||Evicted: Week 7|
|Lee Otway||Acting (previously in Hollyoaks)||Evicted: Week 7|
|Colleen Shannon||DJ, Model (former Playboy playmate)||Evicted: Week 7|
|Shane Lynch||Singing (former member of Boyzone)||Walked: Week 5|
|Paul Danan||Acting (previously in Hollyoaks)||Evicted: Week 5 (late arrival day 6)|
|Emma and Eve Ryan||Glamour Modeling||Ejected: Week 4 (late arrivals week 4; ejected after 5 days in the resort, they spent 2 days prior in the secret suite, for unexplained reasons)|
|Leo Ihenacho||Doing backing music for The Streets||Evicted: Week 4|
|Emily Scott||Modelling||Evicted: Week 3 (late arrival week 3)|
|Lady Victoria Hervey||Being an "It Girl"||Evicted: Week 2|
|Alicia Douvall||Modelling, being a kiss and tell queen||Evicted: Week 1|
House guests on Love Island
- On Love Island three house guests entered the resort for set periods of time, which was usually a contract of a week. House guests were not eligible for evictions or winning the prize fund of £50,000 at the end of the series, but were allowed to be voted into the Love Shack. As with the actual contestants they received an appearance salary.
|Abs Breen||Singer (former member of Five)||Week 4 (Stayed 5 days)|
|Dennis Rodman||Former NBA champion, CBB 2006 contestant||Week 3 (Stayed 4 days before quitting)|
|Steve-O||Clown and stuntman Jackass||Week 2 (Stayed 2 days because he was not allowed the beer and chocolate which he requested)|
- In week two, in a bid to boost the ratings, the producers decided series one contestant Paul Danan would be put on Love Island as a regular contestant hoping he would provide the rating winning actions of the previous year. Danan was known by most on the island especially Lee Otway and Lady Victoria Hervey whose sister Isabella was involved with him in the first series and for a short period afterwards.
- On 7 August series one finalist Calum Best entered Love Island for the second time, where he attracted a lot of female attention, especially from Bianca Gascoigne, with whom he struck up a romance.
- After Sophie Anderton and Chris Brosnan were seen getting closer, evicted Lady Victoria Hervey returned to the Island for a day and hid in the secret suite where she confronted her friend Sophie and poured a bottle of wine over her head for moving in on her man.
- On 20 August Leo Ihenacho made a surprise return by jumping out of a cake, to the resort for one night only to confront Calum and Bianca over their relationship. He left the next day.
On 18 July, Steve-O was added to the show in an effort to boost ratings. Despite stating he has stopped drinking he asked for beer while on the show. On 19 July, he abruptly left Love Island because he was not allowed enough alcohol or chocolate
Lady Victoria Hervey was voted off the show on Friday 21 July although her chosen man Chris Brosnan had been the favourite to leave. Hervey told hosts Patrick Kielty and Fearne Cotton that she hoped the relationship would continue in the real world but then had second thoughts when she was shown footage of Brosnan saying that he also liked Colleen.
Basketball legend Dennis Rodman entered the show on the third week on 27 July as a House guest to boost the ratings. he flirted with Colleen Shannon, and created friction with Lee Otway before walking in the midst of an argument between Lee and Paul Danan, on his fourth day on 30 July out of the seven contracted until 3 August 2006.
Identical twins Emma and Eve Ryan joined the Love Island on 31 July, but were ejected from the show by producers on 4 August. No explanation was given to the public.
It was announced on 6 August that Calum Best would enter Love Island next day. Also on 6 August, it was confirmed on the Love Island website that Shane Lynch had left the island to make up with a woman back home.
On final night, 28 August 2006, Kate Lawler was the last girl to be evicted before the final showdown.
An average of 3.8 million people tuned in to watch the final, peaking at 4.4m, down from last year's peak figure of 5.9 million.
Head to Head with Big Brother
The show did not always go head to head with Channel 4's Big Brother, as Big Brother aired at 9pm on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and only clashed on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with Love Island at 10pm. However, many terrestrial viewers in Wales could only watch Big Brother at a fixed 10.00pm slot every night on S4C which also broadcast the show due to many Welsh terrestrial televisions failing to receive Channel 4. Love Island's audience was about half the size of that for Big Brother.
On 24 November 2006, ITV revealed that a third series would not be made and that it was axing Love Island.
- Kelly Telly Helly Daily Mirror 21 May 2005
- Kelly V Kielty Sunday Mirror 22 May 2005
- Corrie at War Over ITV Flops Sunday Mirror 10 June 2005
- BBC News, ITV reveals Love Island line-up 6 July 2006
- Jackass star departs Love Island BBC News 21 May 2005
- ITV1 suffers summer ratings slump
- ITV axes Love Island reality show