THE revamped version of ITV2’s Love Island has attracted fans from all over the world, with the US being the latest country to pick up the show.
CBS announced in May that they had obtained the rights to air the US version of the reality program on their network, but when did it start and can you watch it in the UK? Here’s the lowdown…
CBS’ Love Island US premiered on July 9 with Arielle Vandenberg as the host of the series
How can I watch Love Island USA in the UK?
Currently, there are no plans for ITV to broadcast the American version in the UK just yet – but that could all change very soon.
Given that the US edition premiered on July 9, it could very well be the case that ITV is waiting until the fifth series concludes on ITV2 later this month before showing what the Americans have been up to in their villa.
If you’re really impatient and want to catch the series now, you can sign up to CBS All Access, starting your membership with a free one-week trail, which gains you access to all the episodes that have already aired in the US.
After that, you can choose whether to purchase an ongoing plan for $5.99 (£4.80) per month, giving you an extended subscription to not just Love Island USA, but also CBS’ entire catalogue of shows.
Love Island USA can also be found on other subscription streaming services including DirecTVNow, Hulu with LIVE TV and YouTube TV.
3 The villa in Fiji looks absolutely stunningCredit: CBS
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 of the viewers had taken 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 I completely miss out on doing any other activities with friends this summer. Haha.”
One 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, it goes without saying that the reviews have been fairly positive.
Love Island USA host Arielle Vandenberg gives a tour of the villa including The Hideaway
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, it goes without saying that 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, but she also offers 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 warming up to her personality.
3 The Love Island USA official line-upCredit: Instagram
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.”
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What days of the week is Love Island on ITV2?
Love Island airs every weekday – and on Sundays – at 9pm on ITV2.
Of course, if that’s not enough then make sure to check out Love Island: Unseen Bits on Saturdays, which replaces the main show for the day, offering viewers a round-up all the best bits from the week.
Sunday nights also sees Caroline Flack’s spin-off show Love Island: Aftersunair right after the main show at 10pm on ITV2, where the brunette discusses all the latest gossip with special guests.
Love Island USA host Arielle Vandenberg looks identical to Caroline Flack – and her love life is even more tragic