Caroline Flack will be welcoming a host of new singletons to the Love Island villa tonight and someone who know’s exactly how they must be feeling is last year’s contestant Eyal Booker.
One year after he walked into the villa, Eyal has shared his thoughts on the show with Express.co.uk and revealed all on what the new Islanders can expect when their time in the sun comes to an end.
“You kind of know what you’re getting yourself into and you’ve got to kind of prepare yourself for that,” he confessed.
“The interesting thing is it might not lead to what you expect it to, there’s people that don’t go in there for very long and maybe thought they were going to get something more out of it than they did so it’s a risk you take,” he added.
Defending the ITV show’s aftercare, Eyal said: “The Love Island team prepare you as much as you can but they’re not there to babysit you.
“Once you’ve come off the show you’re not their responsibility but there’s always communication and they’re there to talk to you and help you make decisions like finding a manager and things like that.”
After the deaths of ex-contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, ITV bosses introduced new guidelines to ensure everyone, including the Islanders’ relatives receive relevant support as the series starts.
In a statement, Richard Cowles, creative director at ITV studios entertainment said: “Due to the success of the show our Islanders can find themselves in the public eye following their appearance. We really want to make sure they have given real consideration to this and what appearing on TV entails.
“Discussing all of this with us forms a big part of the casting process and, ultimately, their decision to take part.”
Physician and mental health expert Dr Paul Litchfield, who has been working with Love Island to enhance its duty of care, added: “A high level of professional expertise has been engaged to provide comprehensive support not only while young people are actively engaged with the show but also for an extended period when they are adjusting to life thereafter.”
Viewers of the ITV dating show often see contestants uncouple and recouple with other Islanders many times over the course of the series which can come across a little out of the blue at times.
However Eyal, who has appeared on Celebs Go Dating and Celebs On The Ranch since leaving Majorca, explained the villa can be “very intense”.
Eyal confessed: “It’s a very intense environment so a day in there is a lot longer than a day in the outside world.”
“You’re feelings can change within a day because thats all you have to think about it.
“One morning you might wake up with someone you’re really into and then someone else might come in and your opinion completely changes.”
In other Love Island news, a Strictly Come Dancing star joined Curtis Pritchard in the latest trailer for the news series.
AJ Pritchard’s brother can be seen dancing with ex-Strictly professional Chloe Hewitt before leaving her behind to make his way to the Majorcan villa.
The trailer shows the confirmed contestants working in their current professions before waltzing off into the sun.
Scientist Yewande Biala is shown working in a laboratory before whipping off her lab coat to reveal a bikini.
Semi-professional rugby player Sherif Lane can be seen playing a match on a rugby pitch.
Love Island 2019 starts on ITV2 on Monday, June 3 at 9pm.
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