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Love Island: Only Six Of 2019's Contestants Applied

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02:34 1 Aug 2019


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It's been revealed that only six out of the 36 contestants who appeared on the 2019 series of Love Island were picked from the general public.

According to The Mirror, another six were placed by showbiz agents, while the remaining 24 were scouted by the show's producers.

An estimated 85,000 applied to be on this season of Love Island. However, those applicants reportedly only had a 0.007% chance of getting on the show.

It's understood that Amy Hart, Michael Griffith, Ovie Soko and Joe Garratt all submitted applications via the advertised process.

Winners Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea along with Sherif Lanre were scouted by show bosses. While, pro-dancer Curtis Pritchard and boxer Tommy Fury were both put forward by their agents.

 

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An ITV source tells the publication that candidates with an agent have a greater chance of appearing on the show.

"Having agents beforehand can be beneficial for the contestants..."

"They've got a better understanding of what to expect when they come off the show."

 

ITV's chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall confirmed the figures for the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee's inquiry into reality TV.

"On series five of Love Island to date (15 July), there have been 36 contributors."

"24 were found and cast by the programme's casting team..."

"Six were put forward by professional agents, and six came through the general application."

She previously told MP's that ITV get about 98,000 applications for the show.

McCall also denied allegations that casting directors only choose candidates by physical appearance.

"There is a very rigorous application and casting process."

McCall added: "They take the 98,000 down to about 90 or 100 then go through medical and psychological questionnaires plus assessments.'

"The number then falls to 30 or 40, who get selected to appear."

Applications are now open for the winter version of Love Island 2020. Read more here.

Check out Amber and Greg's first interview since winning the show here.

A special Love Island reunion episode will air this Sunday.

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