The viewers of Love Island criticized the age differences between the contestants on this year’s series.
ITV’s hit dating show returned for its eighth series on Monday night June 6. Eleven new singles entered the village for their chance to find love (and $62,900 in prizes).
Various talking points emerged from the first episode, one of them revolving around the age difference between the islanders.
Currently, Michael Owen’s 19-year-old daughter, Gemma, is the youngest in the village. The second youngest is Liam, 22.
Fans on Twitter began to discuss the age issue, especially when Gemma said she was interested in newcomer Davide, who is 27 years old. Many called the eight-year age difference “crazy.”
One person wrote on Twitter: “19 and 27 is a huge age difference”, and another wrote: “No, Gemma’s age means I can’t see her with either of them. She doesn’t feel right.”
Many suggested that Love Island impose a minimum age requirement on contestants.
“Please let there be a minimum age requirement of 21 years. I don’t want to see a 19 year old kiss someone who is close to 30,” one person wrote.
“There has to be an age limit on Love Island because 19 feels pretty weird when there are people who are almost 30,” another viewer opined.
Someone else wrote: “Considering the potential risks to the mental well-being of the contestants on ‘Love Island’ as demonstrated in past events, I find it quite strange and irresponsible that the producers decided this year to include a teenager in the mix. ”.
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Also after the episode, many viewers were shocked by new contestant Liam’s ridiculous mistake about Elton John, as well as Swansea paramedic Paige’s comments about “the mob” to Davide.
Tuesday June 7th’s episode will feature newcomer Davide choosing which girl to pair up with, which would leave one of the guys single.
Love Island continues on ITV2 at 9pm (local time) every night except Saturday.