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‘Love Island’ Fans Sick Over Contestants Swapping Spit During Pandemic

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Things quickly got interesting on Love Island. Thursday night’s episode focuses on the islanders’ first day dealing with the aftermath of Casa Amor. Ten new islanders arrived on Love Island USA. Some of the remaining boys quickly showed interest in the new girls.

Over at the Love Island USA villa, the girls found themselves with five new boys. However, they’re more reluctant to dump their partners. But things got steamy when the two groups participated in a kissing game. The challenge made some of the viewers sick. They were shocked over the exchange of saliva during the coronavirus pandemic.

Viewers learn about Casa Amor

Love Island USA viewers quickly learned about Casa Amor. It’s a big part of the UK series that’s known to end relationships and cause drama. Casa Amor is close to the main villa. The hidden escape made its debut in Episode 14 when the show’s remaining five boys moved into the residents to mingle with the five new female islanders.

Later that episode, both the main villa and Casa Amor participated in a new game. The two groups had to compete with various kissing challenges. Most of them required them to passionately kiss the person of their choice within a few seconds. Another challenge was the infamous cherry challenge, in which each of the teams had to quickly pass a cherry with their mouths.

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Love Island viewers sick over the new challenge

In the end, the main villa ended up winning the challenge. The boys at Casa Amor wondered why the girls won. Did they move on? However, this news made the new girls happy. They knew it would make it easier for the boys to move on.

However, Love Island viewers felt sick over the game. They couldn’t believe the exchanging of saliva they witnessed amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cherry challenge especially made them sick. Most of them took to Twitter to share their disgust.

Production has been following health and safety protocols

Love Island viewers don’t have to worry. Prior to the August 24 premiere, CBS and ITV Entertainment revealed their health and safety protocols. For example, regular COVID testing is available for both islanders and crew members, including any new islanders who join the show. The staff is also adhering to the strict cleaning protocols at the Rio Palazoo Suites.

“[The cast will] all be regularly tested throughout the season, as well as screened daily for symptoms,” the press release stated. “Crew and staff will be required to wear PPE and work in pods to enhance social distancing. Stringent and ongoing cleaning and disinfecting protocols in filming and production areas will be in place.”

Even host Arielle Vandenberg told U.K.’s Metro that there’s nothing to worry about. Her, along with the crew, have remained quarantined for the duration. The production created a “COVID bubble” for the islanders and crew members ahead of its debut.

Production quarantined each area to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Las Vegas hotel transformed into a beach paradise due to the travel limitations amid the pandemic.

New episodes of Love Island air nightly, except for Wednesdays and Saturdays, at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

Chanel Adams

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