Love Island in the time of Corona: will an Aussie replacement suffice?

Plenty of reality shows have foreign counterparts, but while they are sometimes better, they are never quite what you expect

Realistically, Love Island was never going to come back properly this year. After all, a socially distanced Love Island sounds about as fun as a Love Island where all the contestants have to wear clothes or are capable of independent thought. However, all is not lost. Love Island might have fallen to the coronavirus, but ITV has announced that it’ll be airing Love Island Australia in its place this summer.

You probably have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, if you like Love Island then any Love Island is better than no Love Island. But on the other, ITV2 is broadcasting the first series of Love Island Australia, which aired in 2018, which means you might as well just read its Wikipedia page and be done with it. I did, and now I know who fought, who had sex, who won and how long they lasted in the real world. I also know that one of the games in the series is called Any Hole is a Goal, which sort of makes me want to watch it less.

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Plenty of reality shows have foreign counterparts, but while they are sometimes better, they are never quite what you expectRealistically, Love Island was never going to come back properly this year. After all, a socially distanced Love Island sounds about as fun as a Love Island where all the contestants have to wear clothes or are capable of independent thought. However, all is not lost. Love Island might have fallen to the coronavirus, but ITV has announced that it’ll be airing Love Island Australia in its place this summer.You probably have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, if you like Love Island then any Love Island is better than no Love Island. But on the other, ITV2 is broadcasting the first series of Love Island Australia, which aired in 2018, which means you might as well just read its Wikipedia page and be done with it. I did, and now I know who fought, who had sex, who won and how long they lasted in the real world. I also know that one of the games in the series is called Any Hole is a Goal, which sort of makes me want to watch it less. Continue reading…

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