Vac­u­ous beau­ties of­fer sum­mer of fun

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

HE IS the “spir­i­tual” Lon­doner with a Jewfro who hopes to make “deep con­nec­tions” on ITV2’s Love Is­land.

Meet Eyal Booker, the first Jewish con­tes­tant to ap­pear on the hit re­al­ity show which is set to dom­i­nate most young peo­ple’s sum­mer evenings.

In his first week, Eyal has al­ready be­come a star with mil­lions of view­ers.

Love Is­land fea­tures 11 good look­ing peo­ple dropped off at a villa on the Span­ish is­land of Ma­jorca and filmed 24/7 as they at­tempt to find love — a sort of Big Brother by the beach.

For some rea­son, we view­ers be­come ob­sessed with their vac­u­ous lives.

Their suit­cases are packed with lit­tle by way of clothes. It is un­likely any­one has brought a book to read and there is enough fake tan to stock an Es­sex Su­per­drug.

But we will spend the next eight weeks watch­ing them try to find love. Es­pe­cially now one of our own fea­tures so promi­nently.

It was no sur­prise when Eyal was paired with the beau­ti­ful but slightly dim Hay­ley, from Liver­pool. While things started off well for the pair, Eyal’s quest to make a deep con­nec­tion sunk when Hay­ley asked him to ex­plain the mean­ing of “su­per­fi­cial”.

The heart-throb gra­ciously tried to ex­plain what it meant to be an empty shell of a hu­man be­ing — but I am not sure she got it.

Hay­ley sub­se­quently strug­gled through many at­tempts to pro­nounce his name. I guess there are not many Eyals on Mersey­side.

As is com­mon with such shows, so­cial me­dia has been awash with peo­ple mak­ing fun of the Jewish con­tender.

His caramel mop of curls has been likened to Aileen Quinn in the 1982 film An­nie, and his hippy style, which would fit right in on the shores of Tel Aviv. The fact Eyal is a ve­gan was also a cause for com­edy, although it may help solve any kashrut prob­lems on the is­land. Quite what the fu­ture holds for Eyal is un­clear. But I bet he’ll have some kab­balah beads stashed away to stand him in good stead.


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