Love Island star claims producers ‘already know winner’ before ITV show launches
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A former Love Island star has claimed that producers know who is going to win before the series starts.
The unnamed man opened up in The Dark Side Of Love Island, an instalment of Channel 4 documentary Ask The Mask.
He didn't reveal his identity or any details of his time on the ITV dating show that would give him away, but wore a badger mask and had his voice distorted as he spilled the beans.
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Asked what he wasn't prepared for on the show, he said: "The producers are pretty ruthless.
"They obviously want fame hungry people.
"They know exactly who is going to win the show before it starts."
The man said he had always wanted to do something a bit different which was why he tried out for Love Island.
"The casting process was a bit intimidating to be honest," he said.
"One question they ask you is what are you doing this for – love, money or fame. I ain't got any interest in being famous, all I want is money."
The former contestant claimed the stars are kept up late and woken early, so that "sleep deprivation" heightens their reactions to things.
"It's mad, it's mad when you think of it," he said.
He also said that while viewers usually think it is just Islanders there, producers come in twice a day to change their mics and "have chats with you to make sure you are alright".
He said if they think a contestant could make a good love match with someone they will suggest they go and have a chat with them.
"When you are there you don't realise how much you are controlled by them," he said.
Prior to the new series, Love Island shared its duty of care protocols.
They said that contestants' social media accounts would be paused while they are in the villa and that as well as comprehensive psychological support, contestants will get guidance and training around social media and handling potential negativity, mutually respectful behaviour and managing finances.
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"A comprehensive package of welfare measures remain in place for programme contributors to ensure they are fully supported before, during and after the filming period," ITV said at the time.
Daily Star has contacted ITV for comment.
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