THE revamped version of ITV2’s Love Island has attracted millions of fans around the globe, with the US being the newest country to jump on the bandwagon.
Their edition of the dating show is finally coming to the UK, but how can you watch it and when does it start? Here’s all that we know so far…
How can I watch Love Island USA in the UK?
You’ll have to stay up late to catch the premiere episode of Love Island USA, as the show isn’t scheduled to air until 12am on Sunday, September 22.
And if that wasn’t enough, the second instalment has been given a later time slot set for 1am on Monday, September 23.
ITVBe is the network broadcasting the US version of the dating show, which has already finished its first run across the pond on the CBS network.
A second series has already been commissioned, which appeared to have given ITV enough reason to believe that their popular show will stick around for a while.
What have fans said about the US edition?
So far, it appears as if the Americans are warming up to their newest reality show on CBS.
After its premiere episode, one viewer took to Twitter, writing:
“You know what? I’ve never seen this show before, ‘cos I know it was also on in the UK but I’m not gonna lie, this was hilarious! Might actually be my fave new TV show.”
Another user echoed similar words, adding: “Finally! I’ve been watching the UK version religiously for the past two seasons, but now I also have a US edition to watch and obsess over.
While another Island fan continued to praise CBS for picking up the series and finally having it shown in the US, saying: “Thank you @CBS. You’ve clearly been seeing how much the world is loving Love Island right now.
And honestly, you guys already have Big Brother so it kinda made perfect sense that you’d also be the ones buying the rights to this reality show.”
Generally speaking, the reviews have been fairly positive.
What are some of the differences?
The US villa was super expensive to build
Well, we should probably start by saying that CBS has invested an enormous amount of money to get their villa – located in Fiji – looking absolutely flawless.
The network put aside a reported $30 million to create the magical home with no expenses spared in building the property for a bunch of new contestants, where they’ll be staying for up to four weeks.
Aside from the stunning features that have been implemented, the Love Island USA villa is right next to the beach, which means that bombshells can literally walk out from the sea back to their luxurious home in a matter of seconds.
Their narrator is nowhere near as funny as Iain Stirling
Even the Americans, who’ve religiously watched the UK edition, are not vibing with Matthew Hoffman, who provides the narration for the US version.
His humour is far from funny and never does he say anything that will ever catch you bursting out laughing – the commentary and voiceover is all just a little too dry.
If Love Island bosses in the USA really want to keep viewers entertained, they should just get Iain Stirling on the next flight out to Fiji.
Right now, it doesn’t look as if Matthew is going to cut it for many fans – including us!
Arielle Vandenberg is perfect for the US hosting gig
Following the announcement that Love Island was heading to the US, many fans in the UK thought that Caroline Flack would helm the hosting position.
It was later revealed that actress and comedienne Arielle Vanberg had instead secured the role, leaving a lot of people wondering whether she would deliver a worthy performance.
And from what’s been said, Arielle has proven herself to not only be funny – offering hilarious American one-liners that provide some originality to the US edition.
She’s definitely no Caroline Flack, but she certainly doesn’t come across as someone that’s trying to imitate the brunette – if anything, she’s being herself and viewers are definitely taking to her personality.
more love island gossip
How will US Love Island work?
The show was brought to the US by the creators behind the UK version of the show, and producers promise it will follow a similar format to the ITV2 edition.
Speaking about the US edition’s concept, Love Island executive producer David Eilenberg told Entertainment Weekly that they are keen to keep it all the same.
He said: “CBS very much supports the show that’s been a hit elsewhere.
“We want to make sure the show is the show. It’s an aspirational, sexy, fun summer show. And the U.K. show has become less provocative and broader appeal over time.
“We have to conform to broadcast standards, so what happens with language and—to some extent—what we see visually will be a little different because of the platform we’re on.”