Sum­mer lovin’

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…

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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.

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