Love Island (formerly Celebrity Love Island) was a British television programme. It was originally presented by Patrick Kielty and Kelly Brook, with Fearne Cotton taking over as female host in the second series. It is aired in the UK on ITV. The first series aired in the summer of 2005, and it was won by Jayne Middlemiss and Fran Cosgrave. The second series began in July 2006, dropping Celebrity from its name. It was won by Bianca Gascoigne and Calum Best. The theme tune for the first series was "Wish I", performed by Jem. A specially-composed summer theme by Daniel Pemberton (later released under the title "From Fiji With Love") was used for the second series. The show was axed in November 2006.
|Jayne Middlemiss||TV presenter||WINNER|
|Fran Cosgrave||Nightclub owner||WINNER|
|Lady Isabella Hervey||"It Girl", sister of Lady Victoria Hervey|
|Rebecca Loos||David Beckham's former PA|
|Liz McClarnon||Singer (member of Atomic Kitten)|
|Abi Titmuss||Model, TV presenter|
|Nikki Ziering||Model||(Late arrival)|
The show attracted controversy from the moment it was announced by ITV. It was marketed as a rival for Channel 4's popular reality show, Big Brother, which returned for a sixth series soon after the show's launch. Many commentators felt that the format of the show provided low quality television as an excuse to attract high ratings.
Following the launch of the show, the celebrities were criticised by viewers for being boring, and the celebrity status of some of the participants was questioned. There was some suspicion that the contestants were simply using the programme as a free holiday, and the tabloids claimed that producers held crisis meetings to figure out how to keep things interesting.
Soon afterwards, tabloid reports claimed that the show's presenters, Kelly Brook and Patrick Kielty, were engaged in a bitter feud. The problems between the pair allegedly started after Kielty told viewers on the live show that Brook had previously been involved in a relationship with one of the contestants, Paul Danan. However, even the promise of fireworks between the two hosts was not enough to keep viewers interested, and one episode of the show only attracted less than 2 million viewers. Producers later hired model Nikki Ziering to spice up the show.
The show was also resented by fans of long-running ITV soap Coronation Street. ITV decided to move its flagship programme from 19.30 to 20.30 on Monday nights, to provide a successful lead-in for Love Island, in the hope of increasing ratings. Writers John Fay and Daran Little complained to the press about the treatment of the show. ITV argued that it took the decision to move the soap very seriously and only did so when absolutely necessary. A meeting was requested with ITV programming director Nigel Pickard to discuss the issue.
On June 10, 2005, although ratings were beginning to pick up, with the show close to overtaking Big Brother in popularity, a strong storm over the islands of Fiji disrupted the programme. A live eviction show had to be cancelled as 6 foot waves made it impossible for crew-members to cross over to where the celebrities were staying. Instead, ITV was forced to repeat the episode from the previous night with unseen footage.
The show was so badly received by viewers and critics that the word 'Celebrity' is now seen as tainted by UK television companies. An interesting example was Sky TV's celebrity golf tournament, broadcast on Sky One on the August Bank Holiday weekend 2005, was called All*Star Cup and Sky ceased referring to "celebrities" in trailers. On ITV, the 'celebrity' version of The X Factor was called "Battle of the Stars".
On 6 July the list of contestants was announced, with the news that the word "Celebrity" would be dropped from the show title .
|Bianca Gascoigne||Model, stepdaughter of Paul Gascoigne||WINNER|
|Calum Best (late arrival week 4)||Model||WINNER|
|Kéllé Bryan||Singer (former member of Eternal)||Runner-up|
|Kate Lawler||TV/Radio Presenter, DJ, winner of Big Brother 3||Evicted: At the Final (late arrival week 6)|
|Chris Brosnan||Adopted son of actor Pierce Brosnan||Evicted: Final Day|
|Sophie Anderton||Model||Evicted: Week 7|
|Lee Otway||Actor (previously in Hollyoaks)||Evicted: Week 7|
|Colleen Shannon||DJ, Model (former Playboy playmate)||Evicted: Week 7|
|Shane Lynch||Singer (former member of Boyzone)||Walked: Week 5|
|Paul Danan||Actor (previously in Hollyoaks)||Evicted: Week 5 (late arrival day 6)|
|Emma and Eve Ryan||Glamour Models||Ejected: Week 4 ''(late arrivals week 4; ejected after 5 days in the resort, they spent 2 days prior in the secret suite, for unexplained reasons)|
|Leo Ihenacho||Backing Musician for The Streets||Evicted: Week 4|
|Emily Scott||Bikini Model||Evicted: Week 3 (late arrival week 3)|
|Lady Victoria Hervey||"It Girl"||Evicted: Week 2|
|Alicia Douvall||Glamour Model, kiss and tell queen||Evicted: Week 1|
|Abs Breen||Singer (former member of Five)||Week 4 (Stayed 5 days)|
|Dennis Rodman||Former NBA champion, CBB 2006 contestant||Week 3 (Stayed 4 days before quitting)|
|Steve-O||Daredevil performer (from Jackass)||Week 2 (Stayed 2 days because he was not allowed the beer and chocolate which he requested)|
Lady Victoria Hervey was voted off the show on Friday 21st July although her chosen man Chris Brosnan had been the favourite to leave. Hervey told hosts Patrick Kielty and Fearne Cotton that she hoped the relationship would continue in the real world but then had second thoughts when she was shown footage of Brosnan saying that he also liked Colleen.
Basketball legend Dennis Rodman entered the show on the third week on 27 July as a Houseguest to boost the ratings. he flirted with Colleen Shannon, and created friction with Lee Otway before walking in the midst of an argument between Lee and Paul Danan, on his fourth day on 30 July out of the seven contracted until August 3, 2006.
It was announced on 6 August that Calum Best would enter Love Island next day. Also on 6 August, it was confirmed on the Love Island website that Shane Lynch had left the island to make up with a woman back home.
On final night, 28 August 2006, Kate Lawler was the last girl to be evicted before the final showdown.
An average of 3.8 million people tuned in to watch the final, peaking at 4.4m, down from last year's peak figure of 5.9 million.
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