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We've all noticed how Love Island has produced some pretty unrealistic body standards, but most of the time our focus is on the women.

Each woman on the show is noticeably slim, and young girls have low self-esteem issues as it is without seeing the exact same physique on every TV channel.

What the focus hasn't always been on is the problem with muscular men and the lack of 'dad bods' in sight. The reality show is now being blamed for giving young boys body image issues too.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Stereotypically 'perfect' bodies on the show has led many to feel that only this type of body will be able to find love, or even lust. It's a hugely damaging notion that's being perpetuated/

According to analysts from the Children’s Society, boys are catching up with girls in the numbers of them suffering from low confidence and self-esteem.

Its annual 'Good Childhood' report revealed that over 200,000 children in the UK alone are unhappy with their lives as a whole, with looks playing a large role in their moods.

Shockingly, one-in-12 boys aged 10 to 15 are unhappy with their appearance.

Richard Crellin, policy and research manager in mental health and wellbeing at the Children’s Society, told The Times:

"They talked a lot about the pressure to go the gym and have a great body. They talked about the men they see on social media and Love Island … about how people are always working out on that show."

One teen in the report said he felt pressure to live up to the built men he watched on TV "You see all these models, you see all these weightlifters, body-builders, and you look at yourself and you're like, 'I look like a stick.'

"I feel like we’re exposed to a lot more so we are less secure about our appearance."

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Love Island bosses vetoed having plus-sized Islanders, causing frustration among fans and body activists alike.

Speaking to The Sun, the show's boss Richard Cowles said: “We try and be as representative and diverse as possible but first and foremost it’s an entertainment show.

"It’s about people wanting to watch and them reacting and falling in love with another. Yes, we want to be as representative as possible but we also want them to be attracted to one another."

This basically implies that plus-sized people won't attract any other contestants, so that comment didn't exactly go down well…

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An ex Love Island contestant has accused the show's bosses of "fixing" the series to Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague would beat Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea.

The Geordie beauty technician and Irish rugby player were crowned King and Queen of the villa, taking home the £50,000 cash prize last night.

Georgia Steel, from the 2018 series, has said the programme is rigged to give the producer's favourites, Molly and Tommy, more air time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Speaking to the Daily Star, Sam Bird's ex-girlfriend said: "To be honest I think they are getting 50 per cent of the airtime, so I do think obviously they are going to win.

"It is a bit of a shame as the other guys aren't getting much airtime. I feel like it is the Molly and Tommy show," she added.

"Of course they are going to win as the audience are invested in them more than anyone else as they are seeing them more."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The friend of Dani Dyer went on to reveal that the editing process can make a massive difference, and that the bosses have an agenda with what they allow viewers to see.

Georgia continued: "The edit can change so much and I feel like the audience are kind of gathering that now.

"I want Ovie to win, I really like him and I think the way he has handled himself is so real, he hasn't been manipulated in any way."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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21-year-old Georgia believes contestants are chosen strategically by producers, as this year's Islanders who entered the villa already had a big influencer fan base or celebrity contacts.

"I feel like the people that have gone in this year are either influencers or in the field where they are hanging around with celebs already. I still hope they want to find love and not just for fame and money."

Molly-Mae and Tommy were tipped to win the show this year, but Amber and Greg took the crown and split the £25,000 prize with each other. They had only been coupled up for 12 days.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Amber had a wild journey in the villa, after being coupled up with villa villain Michael Griffiths before his head was turned by Joanna Chimonides while she was in Casa Amor, staying loyal.

She confessed that she still had feelings for Michael, even after he badmouthed her behind her back, and he turned her down twice before changing his mind.

Once Greg entered the villa, Amber coupled up with him and Michael was dumped from the show for being chaldish. He has since been spotted back with Joanna, and half-heartedly congratulated Amber on her win last night.

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ITV is set to air two seasons per year of Love Island, as the broadcaster looks to tackle a five percent fall in total advertising revenue by adding a winter edition of the hit reality TV show.

From 2020, an additional series will air during the British winter, with the original summer series continuing to be filmed in Europe.

The first season of the winter show will be shot in South Africa, so a few safari challenges might not go amiss. Love Island remains to be the most watched programme of the year for adults aged 16 to 34 across any channel.

The show hit new heights in its fifth series this summer, and recently broke an astonishing six million viewer barrier for the first time, according to The Guardian.

ITV’s chief executive, Carolyn McCall, credited the show for saving their drop in advertising revenue;

“ITV delivered another good viewing performance in the first half of the year,” McCall said.

“Online revenues grew strongly, up 18 percent, despite tough comparatives, with Love Island providing a strong finish to the half. This was reflected in better than expected total advertising revenue.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Currently the show enjoys over five million viewers watching per episode, and is commercial gold for the broadcaster. Uber Eats pays five million pounds alone to sponsor the show.

A dozen commercial partners were also involved in the 2018 series, spanning brand licensing, podcast sponsors, product placement, in-store branding and exclusive product lines and merchandise.

Paul Mortimer, head of digital channels at ITV, said; "Love Island has proven yet again to be the perfect format that engages younger audiences,”

“In response to this viewer appetite, a new batch of young singletons will deliver some highly anticipated post-Christmas romance and drama from our new and luxurious location.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Love Island Instagram account has over three million followers, with the show creating over two billion impressions on Twitter so far this year.

Love Island will be back in an all new location of South Africa in early 2020, with the first series of the year bringing the sun to audiences from a brand new villa.

Angela Jain, Managing Director ITV Studios Entertainment said; "2020 is going to have even more love than before."

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A former ITV2 employee has claimed that Love Island bosses "fix the show based on who they want to win", according to The Sun.

An anonymous former worker took part in a Reddit Q&A, and claimed to be a producer from 2018's show. Moderators for the site allegedly confirmed their identity.

The employee referred to the popular programme as "constructed reality at its finest" in the resurfaced chat. Show bosses really do pull all the strings, huh…

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The insider curtly replied; "Yeah, absolutely" when asked if showrunners "manipulate the show based on who they want to win".

Their "favourite couples" are benefitted with shock twists and orchestrated dumpings, according to the source;

"They’re deciding who makes best TV, who is the most frustrating to work with and such things. It’s not just one person saying 'oh no I like them'."

Fans only last week accused the show of fixing a dumping after Joanna was dumped from the island, meaning that Michael Griffiths could try again with ex-flame Amber Gill.

The source said that a lot of the time Islanders are asked to have certain conversations "to give the viewer a better experience".

When asked about last year's contestants, the ex-ITV2 employee said Georgia Steel "was so annoying and demanding of attention from everyone including producers".

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The insider added that Laura Anderson wouldn't have reached the final if viewers witnessed how "annoying" she was, and that Dr Alex George was "just sh*t":

"He was given everything and offered nothing".

The one former contestant who was praised was Megan Barton-Hanson, with the source saying that her "lovely, vulnerable side that didn't get shown"; 

"She was really likeable. She was so insecure and vulnerable and was genuinely sweet."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A rep for Love Island replied to The Sun's digging, saying:

"As anyone who watches the show regularly would know, Love Island is a combination of reality and produced elements that are reflective of what's happening in the villa, and is a fair and accurate representation of villa life.

"We have always been completely transparent about this and the way the show is produced. This is often acknowledged in the voice over by Iain Stirling," they added.

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"The opinions they have and the relationships formed are completely within the control of the Islanders themselves," ITV bosses continued.

"As we have said since series one, Love Island is a combination of reality and produced elements."

Now that was some seriously scalding hot tea, we wonder if ITV know which former employee is spilling their secrets?

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Love Island bosses and producers are allegedly eyeing up reality stars for their 2019 season, and have their eyes set on one very famous lady's beau.

Seeing as literally EVERY couple from the 2018 series except winners Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer have split up, so we need some tasty new drama to follow.

It's already heating up, it would seem, as none other than Vicky Pattison's boyfriend has apparently been approached for the job.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Despite the fact that the show won't return for another three months, it's been reported that ITV producers want former The Only Way is Marbs star Ercan Ramadan to star in the show.

Vicky Pattison's boyfriend has received the call; with producers said to have broken their ban on "z-list reality stars", whatever that means…

Speaking to The Sun, a source said that Ercan, who is good pals with Jack Fincham, is ideal for the hugely popular show because of his strong social media presence.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The insider said: "Love Island casting agents are approaching people with low-level fame to take part in this year’s show. Ercan was approached by casting producers in January."

Continuing, they said; "They told him he'd be a perfect fit for the show and that they really wanted him on board. He knows it would be good for his career but he's with Vicky now, so he's not sure how to play it."

Bosses are looking for successful Instagrammers for marketing purposes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"It's a total U-turn after Love Island bosses binned reality stars for the last series. But this year they know exactly who they want on the show. Everyone on Love Island must have a strong influence on social media- it's key to the success of the show," the source said.

Another Love Island insider said Ercan was NOT approached by the show's producers, but may have been asked to audition by a casting team. Alright then…mixed messages much?

What would happen to his relationship with Vicky if he accepted their offer? We have many, many questions.

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Corrie’s Michelle Keegan is said to be in the running for the next series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.

The actress has apparently had meetings with I’m a Celebrity producers who want her to appear on the show and bookers have made her big money offers to convince her to head into the jungle.

Michelle’s schedule is all freed up now after she filmed her last scenes for Coronation Street and the show did wonders for her fiancé TOWIE’s Mark Wright’s career, who came second when he was in the jungle.

Producers are reportedly desperate to get the actress into the jungle camp – not to mention the jungle shower – to boost the ratings as well as keep her from appearing on BBC rival Strictly Come Dancing.

Apparently, Olympic diver Tom Daley will also be heading into the jungle  along with Ashley Banjo, from dance group Diversity, when the show kicks off later this year.

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