The ‘Love Island’ finale is said to be shot over two days, with contestants moved to a holding villa and banned from the Internet.
Castmates are also reportedly told to pack 48 hours in advance and given fast food to kill time during the marathon filming – before they get a make over by a huge “glam squad” and put back in the original villa for the final scenes.
The claims were made by 2021 ‘Love Island’ runner-up Chloe Burrows ahead of tonight’s final. (01.08.22)
Chloe, 26, who placed second alongside boyfriend Toby Aromolaran, 23, on the seventh series of the ITV2 show, said: “It happens over two days. You wake up on your last morning in the villa and you have to go and pack all your bags and that takes absolutely ages because some of us have been there for eight weeks. I remember Toby left with seven suitcases.
“You are then moved to a holding villa in your couples and you have a chaperone.
“We ate McDonald’s and just sat and watched Netflix, but obviously you're supervised so you can’t go onto the internet.
Chloe added to OK! magazine: “The next morning they send in the biggest glam squad you’ve ever seen and then they ship you back to the main villa and you just wait around until the live final.”
She also said ‘Love Island’ couples play up to the cameras when it comes to apparent sexual exploits on the show, as it’s said to make them more popular with fans.
Chloe and Toby reportedly “graduated” – code for having sex – on the same night as three other couples on last year’s series.
She has now revealed it may not have been the case, adding: “We all lied. We graduated a lot later than we actually graduated.”
In May, Chloe insisted her romance with Toby was intact after split rumours started in April.
The couple moved into a £1 million home weeks after losing out to winners Millie Court and Liam Reardon in the Love Island finale last summer.
Monday night’s final comes after Adam and Paige got the boot on Sunday after a “least compatible” vote between castmates.
The final couples are Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Saclimenti, both 27, Luca Bish, 24, and Gemma Owen, 19, Dami Hope, 26, and Indiyah Polack, 23, and finally Tasha Ghouri, 24, and Andrew Le Page, 26.
A preview of Monday night’s show has shown the four couples getting glammed up for the Summer ball ahead of one couple being crowned winners.
The remaining eight contestants will also receive a “hot Latin dance” class during the ball ahead of the results an hour later, which will see the winning couple take home the £50,000 cash prize, unless one of them decides to keep the lot.
Davide and Ekin-Su are the bookies’ favourite to win, with their odds being as short as 1/9, while Gemma and Luca are their most likely challengers at 8/1.
‘Love Island’ airs at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox. The dating reality show can be seen in Ireland on Virgin Media Two and Virgin Media Player.