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Love Island has now officially become a cultural phenomenon, and it seems that audiences in the States are gagging to get their USA version up and running.

The show is finally making its way across the Atlantic, with 11 sexy singletons heading to Fiji in the South Pacific to soak up the sun and maybe even find some romance.

While there are many similarities between the ITV2 show and the USA version (those on-screen graphics), but there are some big differences compared to the British version for American audiences.


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ITV America's chief executive officer, David Eilenberg, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the core changes to the American version, such as censorship and 'toned down' swimwear.

The show launches on CBS at 8pm, prime time in the US, and viewers are already prepared to give up their social lives and give in to their new obsession.

The US version will feature less 'revealing' swimwear according to Eilenberg; "Of course, we're going to conform to broadcast standards. We're on at 8 o'clock on a major broadcaster."


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He added; "That said, even the way that the UK show has evolved, it has shifted more towards a mainstream general entertainment audience."

If the dodgy language ('effing and jeffing') gets too extreme, censorship will ensue as a result.

Eilenberg said: "Probably the biggest difference of all is likely to be around language because we'll have some bleeping obligations that the UK simply doesn't.

"I don't think that's going to make a huge difference in terms of the experience of it. But for superfans of the show, that will probably be notable because the UK version doesn't require censoring in the same way."


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Love Island USA will be hosted by hilarious actress, online personality and comedian Arielle Vandenberg.

Arielle will double-up the hosting with doing the voiceover as well, which is the job of Scottish comic Iain Stirling. Caroline Flack has become a household name in the UK since landing the host job,

Producers are still unsure whether the audience will take to to voiced over quips as the action unfolds in the US version.

Eilenberg said: "We are utilising voiceover, which we were very happy that CBS was committed to, because we think that is an integral part of the UK show but not a device that gets used very frequently in the US.


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He continued; "There will certainly be differences. Some of those differences won't just have to do with the type of platform it's on, but simply the cultural differences between American islanders and UK islanders."

Off-screen, Arielle is coupled up with boyfriend and fellow comedian/influencer Matt Cutshall. Flack is still looking for her perfect man to couple up with, maybe she'll meet him on the show this year?

Seeing as this is the first season of the American show, there are many unknowns. The series will only be about one-third of the length of the UK version until popularity grows.


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Eilenberg said: "The UK show is pushing something like 60 hours of content over the course of the summer, and that's not counting ancillary. That's just every night. Will we ever get to that place in the US? I don't know.

"You look at other territories of the show and some of them are more similar to what we're doing, which is about 20-something hours of content," he concluded.

Currently there are no plans to bring Love Island USA to UK and Irish screens, but you can catch the action by subscribing to Hulu or searching for clips online. It looks worth the effort…

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Prepare the throne; Azealia Banks has officially declared herself 'The Queen of Ireland' after arriving to her gig in Dublin via…FERRY. Ok then, your highness.

The 212 rapper was forced to get the boat after storming off an Aer Lingus flight last night.

The 27-year-old seemed pretty confused after trying to change her travel arrangements, asking her Insta following if Ryanair and Aer Lingus were the same airline.


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She claimed she had been given clearance to fly with Aer Lingus, whatever that means, according to Dublin Live.

Calling herself "Queen of Ireland", she ranted:

"I've been asleep, and I woke up to some excellent news. It's out, I'm the Queen of Ireland! I never knew I was the Queen of Ireland!" We never knew either, henny.

She continued;

"Aren't you happy to have such a Queen like me? Oh my God, the first black queen of Ireland! I really just woke up in the Irish Spring and the girls can't take it." She wasn't done yet…


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"I got the pot of gold, b*tch. I've got the pot of gold, and I'm not even from here! Now wait, until I do this sold out f***ing show. Y'all b***hes are gonna see who the f***ing Queen of Ireland is." 

Understandably, she got a fair few angry messages in her inbox, but Banks said she was sick of the "oompa loompa crazy looking b***hes". Oh my.

"The girls have scurvy, they're like vitamin deficient, they need some calcium tablets and some Camaraderie soap. Anyways, I'm back on the Chardonel (wine)." We Celts are just very pale, and can't do much about it unforch.

She enlisted the Notorious Conor McGregor for support, sharing a screenshot of a message, where she wrote; "Conor help they are bullying me".

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Banks got into a massive row on Monday morning with a female cabin crew member, after boarding a flight from Gatwick to Dublin airport. 

Aer Lingus confirmed that the rapper left the 10.55am flight from Gatwick but declined to comment on her allegations.

They have released a statement following the incident.

They said: "Aer Lingus can confirm that two guests scheduled to fly on 10:55am flight from London Gatwick to Dublin (EI233) this morning disembarked themselves prior to departure."


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"The guests in question got off the plane safely of their own accord, while all other guests remained on board…Aer Lingus has a strict no-tolerance policy towards disruptive guest behaviour.

"The safety and security of our guests and crew remains our first priority."

Azealia, poor little divil, said she was 'treated like a wild animal' in the lengthy post, portraying the incident as her 'travel day from hell'.

Banks plays a sold-out show at the Academy on Abbey Street tonight, that should be an interesting one to say the least…


We're partial to an occasional (read: daily) treat around these parts. And certainly we're always in the market for a new, delicious sweet-treat that we can create at home. 

Because on a delicate Sunday evening after a weekend of socialising, we'd rather not venture outside unless totally compelled to do so (Zombie apocalypse or similar).


#wheninrome #deepfriedoreos #summerteeth

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Thus – welcome to our world, deep friend Oreos. We're not the only ones getting in on the act either – the hashtag #deepfriedoreos is increasingly taking over social media. 



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Apparently it's something of a carnival/festival stable in the US, and certainly this is one American cuisine we're terribly glad is branching out on to these shores.


#DeepFriedOreos #IoniaFreeFair #FoodPorn

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Here's the best recipe that we've come across – and make sure to email the results to hello@shemazing.ie…



  • 125g pancake mix
  • 250-350mls of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 18 Oreo cookies
  • Oil for frying
  • Icing sugar


  • Add oil to a large skillet or deep fryer so that it's at least 5cm deep. Heat the oil to 175C.
  • Line a separate baking sheet with several layers of paper towels.
  • In a bowl mix together pancake mix, milk, egg, and vegetable oil until a batter is created.
  • Dip each Oreo in the batter and using a slotted spoon or tongs, place the Oreo into the hot oil and fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until the dough is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and transfer to the paper-towel-lined baking sheet to let any excess oil drain.
  • Serve with a dusting of icing sugar.

Facts Channel recently asked a group of Irish lads and ladies over to taste the delicacies of American Thanksgiving dinner… and they were not impressed, to say the least.

They called Brussels sprouts "condensed grass" and theyhey thought the hasselback potato looked like an "armadillo." But they were particularly grossed out over the sweet potato and marshmallow casserole.

The truly-Irish sayings they come out with are brilliant though. No one else can describe like the Irish!



A guy walked up to 200 American women and asked if they would have sex with him. Every one of them said no.

He then did the same thing in Europe, and while the majority said no, some didn’t think it was such a bad idea.

What does this little experiment reveal out European girls?! Watch the video to see for yourself!


Following Buzzfeed’s video of American people tasting Irish snacks such as Taytos, black pudding, Cadbury’s chocolate and lots more, College Times decided to conduct their own experiment!

Some American snacks tried out by the group include the Twinkie, that strange macaroni and cheese in a box and marshmallow fluff (um, yum?!)

This, of course, had quite hilarious results.

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Oh, this is too good.

Irish YouTuber, Riyadh K, went around the city of Austin, Texas, to find out what Americans would do about some issues we have in Ireland.

These issues don’t exist, making it all the more hilarious.

From leprechauns robbing our homes to the Queen asking for Ireland back, let’s just say some of these solutions are interesting! 


Thin mints are a popular treat stateside and a must try for all the cookie lovers out there.  You can now make your own batch of thin mints with this easy recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • 200g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 128g cocoa powder
  • 128g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 178g  plain flour
  • 400g semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 1 ½ tsp. peppermint extract

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°C
  2. Cream butter until light and fluffy, then add the caster sugar and mix until combined.
  3. Stir in the salt, vanilla and cocoa powder. Mix until the cocoa powder is integrated and the batter resembles a thick frosting. Add the flour and mix just until the flour is combined, making sure to not over mix.
  4. Form dough into a ball. Knead a few times to bring together, then flatten into a disk between half an inch and one inch thick, cover in plastic wrap then place in freezer for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove dough from the freezer and roll it out really thin on a floured surface, about 1/8-inch. Cut cookies using 1 1/2-inch cutter – a glass can be just as good.
  6. Place cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. While the cookies bake, make the peppermint coating. Chop the baking chocolate into very small, thin pieces. Place in a glass measuring cup or similar container and microwave in short 15-20 second bursts.
  8. Stir in the peppermint extract. Feel free to add more peppermint as you see fit.
  9. Gently drop the cookies, one at a time, into the coating. Turn to coat entirely, then lift the cookie out of the chocolate with the fork and bang the fork on the side of the pan until the extra coating drips off.
  10. Place on a parchment or plastic wrap-lined baking sheet, and repeat for the rest of the cookies. Place the cookies in the refrigerator or freezer to set.


Alexa Chung’s impact on the fashion world seems to be only getting bigger as it’s been revealed that she will now be designing her own set of jeans.

Chung has signed up with American denim label Adriano Goldschmied, to design a collection of 20 denim pieces.

Alexa spoke recently about the denim label and what she felt was missing from the collection.

“The collection is inherently the missing pieces of my dream denim wardrobe, which, as ever, is predominantly inspired by a late Sixties, early Seventies aesthetic.”

The new denim line will include T-shirts, dresses as well as jeans.

And if designing the collection wasn’t enough, Alex will also be the face of the new denim range too.


Coleslaw is fashionable again – but not the drippy, creamy awful one you get in packets at the supermarket or in the deli, oh no. This coleslaw is full of fresh crunchy produce and a healthy sauce that won’t leave you feeling bloated and unwell.

It is the perfect side dish for chicken and hamburgers.

What you’ll need for the coleslaw:

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 apple (preferably red as it is sweeter)
  • Handful of walnuts
  • 1 red onion
  • Small head of white or red cabbage (the red gives a wonderful colour)

What you’ll need for the dressing: 

  • Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • Salt and black pepper

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Simply grate the carrots, cabbage, onion and apple and mix in a bowl along with the walnuts.
  2. Mix the mustard and olive oil in a bowl and stir in the seasoning.
  3. Put in the greek yoghurt a tablespoon at a time until it’s as creamy as you desire.