Love Island is the World’s Most Missable Reality Show

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I’ll say it: I love Love Island. Though tough to admit, I’ve always been one for sappy dating shows. But this one just hits different.

It embodies a summer vibe we all know and love: the hot sun, the villa, the tans, the banter. But it’s not a dating show cliché. It’s blunt, it’s devious, it’s skeevy in the best way possible. It’s just so much more.

In the scope of reality TV, and remarkably in recent seasons, Love Island does an excellent job of depicting real-life trials and tribulations. It depicts male sensitivity in a way that makes it less taboo. It gives women a fair go at re-coupling with who they truly fancy, denying the classic approach to dating we see today. It depicts the raw, the awkward, the heartbreaking reality of love. For that, I stay a faithful viewer.

Alas, we won’t be enjoying the depth of Love Island for another year. ITV has announced cancellation due to COVID-19 for both the summer and winter series. If you did that math correctly, that does in fact mean we won’t be seeing any new couples crack on until mid-2021. Sure, other countries are still going ahead with their own series, but there’s nothing quite like Love Island U.K.

Cancellation is completely understandable. Safety first. But a year without Love Island is a year without twists and turns. It’s a year without daily episodes that never allow for a dull moment. It’s a year without brutal moments that beg us to do better in our own relationships.

I’ll surely miss Love Island, but I’ll certainly be more excited than ever to see what’s in store next summer.

  • Are you going to cope without Love Island this year?

    • For sure – it’s garbage anyway
    • Definitely not! Love Island vibes make summer official.


Written by Marina Martinez

Arizonan student at the University of Edinburgh, dog lover, desert rat, meme aficionado and coffee enthusiast.

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