Love Island is about finding romance at all costs. It is a presentation of the power of love and a reflection of the challenges that all new relationships face. Above all, however, it is designed to provide entertainment. Let’s not forget this.
When the Love Island producers watched series four air, there would’ve been beads of sweat being blotted from their brows.
The pressure to follow up on the success of 2017’s Kem Cetinay and co was massive.
Hell, it still is massive.
A half-arsed looking cast failed to ignite expectations at first; the expression ‘BTEC version of series three’ touted across social media.
However, through the character development of key players such as Eyal Booker and Dr Alex George, the U.K public has grown to adore the 2018 Love Islanders.
In fact, reaching three million views in one episode and more than doubling the viewing figures from last year’s first episode launch, it’s safe to say that Love Island series four is an addiction.
And with every great success comes great rumours.
Scripting, you say?
Let me put this straight. Of course, there are elements of scripting in Love Island.
To seamlessly film, edit and showcase a reality TV programme with so much drama on a nightly basis, a ton of scripting and scheduling will be needed.
It’s only the extent of the scripting where we can begin to raise our concerns.
In the latest episode 12, there was a moment where Samira Mighty led her female crew down from dinner, rowdily rocking up to the villa garden where the boys were meeting and greeting hot new singles Zara and Ellie.
This felt, looked and surely was, set up. The girls were told to go from A to B; perhaps even advised on what sort of reactions would provide top telly.
Yet these helpings of drama can only be expected when it comes to reality TV – think of it as assisted drama.
What we do not anticipate and accept, however, is scripted lines.
There have been a few too many convincingly stereotypical lines spewing from the mouth of Eyal Booker in recent episodes.
The type of quotes where you are forced to rest your remote on the armchair, briefly glance up from the glare of your phone and think allowed, ‘hold on a minute, did he really just say that?’
The subtle “I love green things” line and hilarious rant about the stars both seem too good to be true.
Eyal really is nailing the character of Eyal – were these lines scripted?
We want a 60-minute episode of Love Island on our TV screens every night, broadcast on ITV2 at 9 pm on the dot, with lashings of drama and outrageous entertainment value.
Naturally, then, we need to accept the fact of assisted drama, used to help set up situations where the show and characters can seamlessly flow throughout an episode with a cohesive and understandable narrative.
Script words into someone’s mouth, however, and this creates a blur. Here, the concept of reality TV disappears and the creation of actors are in place.
Love Island is two scripted lines from TOWIE.