Love Island is set to return to our screens in just one week, and while fans couldn’t be more excited, producers could well be panicking.
According to the Star on Sunday, ‘dozens’ of hopefuls have been axed after failing a surprise drug test.
The publication revealed that execs had rolled out the tests on Monday morning, without warning, in an attempt to catch people out – with results revealing many had a number of class-A drugs in their system.
“Contestants had to provide a urine sample, which was then tested. They weren’t warned, so it came as a surprise. But that’s the only way to do it. If people are told way in advance, they can take steps to avoid getting caught," a source told the newspaper.
"The dozens who were caught were gutted. Some of them were really good contenders who would have probably made it into the final line up."
This comes after ITV revealed their new and improved aftercare plan following the tragic deaths of Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon.
In an official statement, the show revealed they will offer “bespoke training on dealing with social media and advice on finance and adjusting to life back home” as well as a “minimum of eight therapy sessions for each Islander” when they return home.
It said pre-filming and filming will offer:
1) Psychological consultant engaged throughout the whole series – from pre-filming to aftercare.
2) Thorough pre-filming psychological and medical assessments including assessments by an independent doctor, psychological consultant and discussion with each Islander’s own GP to check medical history.
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3) Potential Islanders are required to fully disclose any relevant medical history that would be relevant to their inclusion in the villa and the production’s ability to provide a suitable environment for them.
4) Managing cast expectations: detailed explanations both verbally and in writing of the implications, both positive and negative, of taking part in the series are given to potential cast members throughout the casting process and reinforced within the contract so it is clear.
5) Cast are told they should consider all the potential implications of taking part in the show and work through this decision-making process in consultation with their family and those closest to them, to ensure they feel it is right for them.
6) Senior Team on the ground have received training in Mental Health First Aid.
7) A welfare team solely dedicated to the Islanders both during the show and after.
The new aftercare process will include:
1) Bespoke training on dealing with social media and advice on finance and adjusting to life back home.
2) A minimum of eight therapy sessions will be provided to each Islander when they return home.
3) Proactive contact with islanders for a period of 14 months up until the end of the next series. This means contact with the Islander will last for 14 months after the series in which they have appeared has ended, with additional help provided where applicable.
4) Encouraging Islanders to secure management to represent them after the show and manage them should they choose to take part in other TV shows, advertising campaigns or other public appearance opportunities.
Love Island starts on June 3 on ITV2.
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