Is it the end of civilisation as we know it or just a silly way to pass the long, hot summer evenings? No one knows, but one thing’s for sure: reality TV will never be the same again after season three of Love Island comes to an end this week…
The dating show Love Island is a cultural phenomenon. We hold your hand and guide you through the lexicon of love
Despite being set in a Mallorcan villa (of unsurpassed tackiness), the language on Love
Island is neit her spanish nor english. Over t he past two months, its mahogany-tanned, t hong-spor t i ng, ab-ba r i ng populat ion ha s coined its own lexicon, captivating the nation and inspiring endless instag ram memes and slogan t-shirts.
the concept is this: an ever-changing roster of attractive british singletons (all graced with a comet’s tail of social-media followers) is plonked on the spanish island on a quest for true love. if a couple do fall in love, and convince their fellow housemates (a nd t he vot ing public) t hat they’re the real deal, they will win a £50,000 pr ize. the housemates a ll sleep on a row of double beds in a mixed dorm. And if you’re not coupled up and therefore sleeping alone and forlorn on a sunlounger, you risk being booted off t he show. More a nd more gorgeous young things arrive on the island weekly, competing for each other and for our attention. And what could be more relaxing than flopping on the sofa with a glass of wine and losing yourself in the mindless conversations of a group of beautiful twenty-somethings?
Life on the island has some privations: housemates are apparently rationed to two glasses of wine a night, unless they’re allowed out of the compound on a date in a restaurant, in which case all the others beg them to bring back booze. there’s titillation in the form of the odd heaving duvet captured on infrared cameras, like something from Planet Earth. but really, the joy is in the complicated he-said-she-saids, pregnancy scares, break-ups and make-ups (or ‘couplings’ and ‘uncouplings’ as the producers call them), and a sexual tension you could cut with a knife.