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Well, well, well; what do we have here? A possible new flame? Give us the content we deserve.

Love Island fans are positive that Yewande Biala and George Rains are secretly dating after spotting flirty messages on each other's social media.

The pair have regularly been commenting regularly on each other's Instagram posts with suggestive replies, and we're gagging for the romance to blossom.

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The 23-year-old Irish scientist posted a stunning picture of herself in a white skirt and black leggings, captioning the shot; "Where's your favourite place to go for brunch?"

22-year-old Essex builder George replied: "Whereever you are", even adding side-eye emoji. We all know what that means…

Yewande used the same emoji when she commented on a picture of George two days ago, posing next to a river in Cambridge. We see repetition, we see flirtatious banter, we see LOVE.

 

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The pair never actually met on the show, as Yewande was dumped before the Casa Amor segment happened, which featured George. He later coupled up with Lucie but the pair never clicked.

Iain Stirling, the ITV show's commentator, made sure to make fun of George's silent demeanor and penchant for talking about snacks.

Image: Instagram/@yewande_biala

George has even left flame emojis underneath Yewande's photos, which sent fans into an absolute frenzy.

"Go for it," posted one Instagram fan. "Secure it period," added another."So are y'll dating orrrrr-." asked a third. ANSWER us, Yewande. We know you want to.

The Irish beauty had a rough time in the villa, coupling up with Danny Williams who later dumped her for Arabella Chi, who was dumped just two days later. He's now smitten with Jourdan Riane, but is it showmance? Probably. The point is: Yewande Biala deserves love.

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Remember the days where clubs where off-limits to us, be it from our strict parents or the legal age limit? Well, some things never change.

According to MailOnline, Love Island producers banned the cast from going clubbing after the big reunion over the weekend.

ITV bosses were left frustrated when they heard that the 2019 cast were planning on leaving the after-party early to go clubbing at London spot Libertine.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The cast, including Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea, were sent straight home after the show's annual reunion was filmed at Hertfortdshire’s Elstree studios.

"All the Love Island stars were booked in at Libertine last night after the wrap-party,’" an insider told the publication.

"The executive producer of the show found out they were leaving the wrap party earlier and kicked off about it."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The source added: "None of them were allowed to go on to any other nightclubs and instead had to go straight home."

The producers apparently made the call as part of their duty of care towards the Islanders to aid them in adjusting to newfound fame.

A spokesperson for the show later dismissed the claim, dispelling rumours of a ban from leaving the wrap party early.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The news comes after Molly-Mae Hague has apparently accepted ITV's offer of therapy after being bullied online since leaving the villa.

The Instagram star hopes it will help her "get her head around it all and hopefully get back to her old self soon".

Molly-Mae was advised to take a break from social media while she adapts to the change, and she has since returned to the social app.

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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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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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