I’ve never been a Love Island fan. I rarely watch any TV to be honest; if I want to procrastinate I’ll usually surf Twitter, read wordy blog posts, or watch videos about politics on YouTube. A reality TV show known for the contestants having sex on camera? Not my scene.
However, I realised that I can’t be a dating blogger and not comment on a TV show about dating that everyone else seems to be watching. I mean come on. This my area. So I resigned myself to the fact that I’d probably hate it, but I was going to watch Love Island.
But you know what?
I actually quite liked it. So instead of the post I had planned in my mind about how awful reality TV is and how we must return to our traditional values, I’m starting a series of my observations on the happenings of the show. Apologies in advance to any non-British readers or anyone who hates Love Island.
The Contestants Have Been Refreshingly Chaste
I’ll be honest: the main reason I thought I’d hate Love Island was that it would be in-your-face sexually open and explicit and people like me would end up feeling alienated. But so far, the series has been refreshingly chaste so far. In the first few days, the fledgling couples were yet to kiss. When Wes and Laura were left alone in the hideaway together without the cameras, I kind of assumed they’d have sex, but it transpired that all that happened was a bit of heavy petting and getting to know each other more.
Slow And Steady Wins The Race
Sometimes with modern dating, it feels like there’s pressure to develop feelings quickly. If you’re had an OK first date, it’s tempting to just ghost to make room for better options rather than give the spark a chance to develop. But this year’s Love Island couples have been fairly slow burners. Lovebirds Laura and Wes, and Dani and Jack are pretty tight now, but in the first couple of days they got on but weren’t 100% sure they fancied each other- Laura even thought she fancied Adam! It goes to show that sometimes love can be a slow burner, and you shouldn’t rule someone out because you’re not head over heels on date #1.
Megan Is Surprisingly Self-Aware
After her arrival the villa, Megan had both Eyal and Alex vying for her attention. Megan was initially drawn to Eyal, but Alex was super-nice, super-into her, and looking for something long-term. She was torn between the two men as Eyal was more “her type”, but she realised that usual type hasn’t worked for her so perhaps it’s worth considering trying something a bit different. When she said that, my reaction was “bloody hell, I wish I’d had that much self-awareness at 24”. I mean, I have three years on her, but if I was in the villa I’d probably just follow my vagina. And I think we could all learn something from that and be more open.
The Friendship Couple
Despite being two most popular contestants this year, both Alex and Samira have failed to find love in the villa so far, and have instead ended up paired with each other. However, far from moaning about it, the pair have embraced the “friendship couple”, with Samira even opting for Alex in the recoupling figuring that if you can’t find romance, you might as well spend your time on the island with someone you get on with. Platonic relationships are important too, and I think all of us singles could do with a bestie (or two) to act as your other half.
Personal Taste Is King
One of the main talking points of this series has been the Alex saga. The good looking doctor is the perfect gentlemen, yet none of the girls in the villa seem to fancy him, most notably his crush Megan choosing to pair off with slimy Eyal over him. This prompted a whole load of debates on whether “nice guys finish last”. But the thing is, I think it’s just personal taste. When the contestants first entered the villa, I thought instantly that Alex would have been the obvious choice had I been a contestant, however the girls only stepped forward for Wes and Jack. Likewise, I thought the guys would swarm to Hayley, yet Laura was the first girl to get picked. So it goes to show, it’s all down to individual taste, and to be honest Alex just hasn’t met anyone in the villa he’s that compatible with.
Have you been watching this year’s Love Island? What do you think of the contestants so far?