Meet the new Caroline Flack: Love Island USA host Arielle Vandenberg

Meet the new Caroline Flack: Love Island USA host Arielle Vandenberg


Love Island launched in the USA on Tuesday night, taking the reality show global.

The American edition of the reality show is being hosted by presenter and model Arielle Vandenberg, 32, who boasts more than a passing resemblance to British host Caroline Flack, 39.

Both stunning blondes, they share the same stylish wardrobe, bubbly personality and love of dogs.

New gig: Love Island USA is being hosted by presenter and model Arielle Vandenberg, 32

Seeing double: She who boasts more than a passing resemblance to British host Caroline Flack, 39

New gig: Love Island USA is being hosted by presenter and model Arielle Vandenberg, 32, (left) who boasts more than a passing resemblance to British host Caroline Flack, 39 (right)

The duo’s social media accounts are littered with envy-inducing snapshots from exotic getaways, nights out and behind-the-scenes presenting gigs.

Arielle, who has 1.2million Instagram followers, regularly shares bikini and swimsuit selfies with her followers, grinning from ear-to-ear just like Caroline – a refreshing change from the usual pouty snaps favoured by celebrities.

The down-to-earth beauty is a keen fashionista with a penchant for a funky hat like her British counterpart, uploading regular snaps of her stylish sartorial choices.

Passionate pet owners, Arielle is a fan of taking silly selfies with her dog Stinky, while Caroline is besotted by her French bulldog Ruby.

Beaming: Arielle, who has 1.2million Instagram followers, regularly shares bikini and swimsuit selfies with her followers,

Positive vibes only: The star grins from ear-to-ear just like Caroline - a refreshing change compared to the usual pouty snaps favoured by celebrities

Beaming: Arielle (L), who has 1.2million Instagram followers, regularly shares bikini and swimsuit selfies with her followers, grinning from ear-to-ear just like Caroline (R) – a refreshing change compared to the usual pouty snaps favoured by celebrities

Arielle has had several small roles in TV shows like Greek, Bones and How I Met Your Mother, but is now turning her focus to presenting.

Also a comedienne by trade, she was popular on Vine back in the day and used to host a weekly Snapchat interview series for People, more recently hosting The Only Child podcast.

The beauty is currently dating Instagram influencer Matt Cutshall, posing several loved-up selfies with her beau on her timeline.

Puppy love: Passionate pet owners, Arielle is a fan of taking silly selfies with her dog Stinky,

Best friends: Meanwhile, Caroline is besotted by her French bulldog Ruby

Puppy love: Passionate pet owners, Arielle (L) is a fan of taking silly selfies with her dog Stinky, while Caroline (R) is besotted by her French bulldog Ruby

She previously dated Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, having starred in the video for the band’s song R U Mine?, The Lego Movie’s Will Arnett and was also linked to Maroon 5’s Adam Levine.

Caroline reached out to her fellow presenter when news of her new job broke, sharing a sweet congratulatory message.

She wrote: ‘Best job ever. Congrats! You’re gonna love it’.

Kind words: Caroline reached out to her fellow presenter (pictured) when news of her new job broke, sharing a sweet congratulatory message

She wrote: 'Best job ever. Congrats! You’re gonna love it'

Kind words: Caroline (R) reached out to her fellow presenter (L) when news of her new job broke, sharing a sweet congratulatory message.

Arielle announced at the time:  ‘As a huge fan of the show, I can’t tell you how excited I am to be hosting this summer.

‘I’m here for it all… the love, the relationships, the re-coupling… bring it on. I feel so honored to be at the head of the table watching it all go down!’ 

The star took to Instagram to share her excitement for the new milestone in her career. ‘HEY EVERYONE!!! I AM THE HOST OF LOVE ISLAND!!!! 

‘Are you kidding me? Dreams really do come true! I feel so honored to be a part of this amazing @cbstv family! WOW! I’m buzzing right now!’ she said.

‘I’ve waited my whole life for a moment like this! And it feel exactly as I imagined! PERFECT! Thank you thank you thank you @loveislandusa & @cbstv for choosing me to as your host! I LOVE LOVE!!! LET’S GOOOOOO!!! Ahhhhhhh!!!!!’

The blonde bombshell has appeared on shows such as How I Met Your Mother, Greek, Bones, and more. She also used to run a Snapchat interview series, Snap Hangs. 

Island newcomer: Arielle is thrilled with her new gig, which premiered on July 9th on CBS

Island newcomer: Arielle is thrilled with her new gig, which premiered on July 9th on CBS

Host announcement: The news was announced with a video of the new host in a pink dress beaming from ear-to-ear of the news of her new gig

Host announcement: The news was announced with a video of the new host in a pink dress beaming from ear-to-ear of the news of her new gig

The US version of the hit UK show launches with a 90-minute premiere on July 9th and one-hour episodes every weeknight until August 7th.

The show revolves around a group of single ‘islanders’ who live together and have their every move played out on camera. Everyday the islanders must ‘couple-up’ and those who don’t match with someone are at risk of being sent home.

The winner of the show gets love and a cash prize. 

The show started back in 2015 with its British version hosted by Caroline Flack. 

New Role: The blonde bombshell has appeared on shows such as How I Met Your Mother, Greek, Bones, and more. She also used to run a Snapchat interview series, Snap Hangs. She is pictured above at the 2018 MTV Movie Awards

New Role: The blonde bombshell has appeared on shows such as How I Met Your Mother, Greek, Bones, and more. She also used to run a Snapchat interview series, Snap Hangs. She is pictured above at the 2018 MTV Movie Awards

The show revolves around a group of single 'islanders' who live together and have their every move played out on camera. Pictured is a scene from the UK version which has been a hit since it launched in 2015

The show revolves around a group of single ‘islanders’ who live together and have their every move played out on camera. Pictured is a scene from the UK version which has been a hit since it launched in 2015

The U.S. version is set to take place in Fiji while the show’s British series is shot in Mallorca.  

‘I think it resonates with young people and the way the dating world is,’ ITV executive and executive producer David Eilenberg told Entertainment Weekly this week.

‘One thing we hear about dating apps is you’re constantly contending with FOMO and that some hotter better person might be right around the corner — so when do you actually commit? The mechanics of this show bring that conundrum to life.’

When news of the remake was first reported last year it was met with some criticism that the American version would have to be toned down and not have the same appeal as the sexually explicit British version.

But Eilenberg says the aim is to keep it as close to the original format as possible.

‘We want to make sure the show is the show. It’s an aspirational, sexy, fun summer show. And the UK show has become less provocative and more broad appeal over time.’

Caroline Flack (pictured) hosts the UK version of the show, introducing some of the risque challenges to the islanders

Caroline Flack (pictured) hosts the UK version of the show, introducing some of the risque challenges to the islanders

The episodes have a loose format with mainly made up of conversations between the contestants and daily goings-on in the villa, interspersed with some challenges ranging from the ridiculous to the extremely risque.

Some of the more naughty challenges – such as one where housemates demonstrate their favorite sexual positions on each other – will inevitably have to be watered down for US audiences.

Eilenberg explains, ‘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,

‘There’s going to be a mix [of games] just as there is on the UK show,’ Eilenberg reveals.

TV Credit: Vandenberg will put her acting chops to good use as she prepares for a new role as a television host. She appeared in an episode of How I Met Your Mother in 2008 alongside Neil Patrick Harris

TV Credit: Vandenberg will put her acting chops to good use as she prepares for a new role as a television host. She appeared in an episode of How I Met Your Mother in 2008 alongside Neil Patrick Harris

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