Former Love Island contestant Tyla Carr has claimed that she show is “fake”, as producers had control over what happened in the villa.
In an explosive interview with the Daily Star on Sunday, the 25-year-old revealed that producers asked them to reshoot scenes, and often prompted the islanders to talk about certain things.
She said, “What viewers don’t see is there is always a producer on site. They don’t live in the villa with us but someone generally comes in every hour to have a chat.
“They would often tannoy an announcement asking for someone to come to the sofa to have a chat with one of the producers. They tell you what they want you to talk about, and who with.”
Tyla, who appeared on last year’s show, explained, “You have to tell the producers on site if you are planning to have an important chat or do something, so they make sure the microphones pick it up and the cameras get it.
“If you forget they would call you in and ask you to film it again. Liv Attwood had to dump Sam Gowland twice last year, which was embarrassing for both of them.”
So far, this year’s series has been branded “boring” compared to previous seasons – and Tyla questioned whether bosses were scripting scenes to create more drama.
She said, “I’m not sure, but maybe they are doing it more to add drama because it’s been a bit dull this year so far.”
“They don’t make you do anything that’s not happened or tell you to do anything you don’t want to do.
“But they would prompt you. They may suggest it would be a good idea if you brought something up or discussed something.
“Basically, if you’ve had three separate conversations with someone they may ask you to have the conversation again all in one go to make it better viewing.”
In response to Tyla’s comments, a Love Island spokesman said, “It is absolutely untrue to suggest Love Island is fake.
“The opinions they have and the relationships formed are completely within the control of the Islanders themselves.”
They added, “As we have said since series one, Love Island is a combination of reality and produced elements. Any produced elements are designed to allow viewers to understand what the Islanders are feeling and to help move narrative threads on.”