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Will double departure be enough to save Love Island, by JIM SHELLEY


The latest news about Love Island might feel like a shock but it’s not really a surprise.

In fact the revelation that Caroline Flack went into the villa late last night to announce that two of the contestants were leaving immediately was completely predictable in a way – because it’s exactly what the series needed.

The show instantly flat-lined after last Wednesday’s re-coupling and then spent the next seven days stagnating.

Here comes The Flack! The latest news about Love Island might feel like a shock but it’s not really a surprise

Here comes The Flack! The latest news about Love Island might feel like a shock but it’s not really a surprise

That was the night Tommy Fury chose Molly-Mae over Maura – the most interesting, incendiary, aspect of this year’s show, or so it seemed.

It transpired that particular ‘love triangle’ was clearly not to be what we thought (or were led to believe), judging by the way Tommy and Molly-Mae then immediately turned into probably the last thing we’d imagined: something resembling a married couple – and a really boring one at that. (No fights, no straying eyes, no nothing.)

The fact that Tommy and Maura barely gave each other a second glance after that – let alone flirted with the possibility of renewing their attraction – only supported the theory that the whole thing was a set-up.

After all, when Maura stormed into the villa, it was (again) exactly what the show needed – to stop it dying a death.

Both she and Molly-Mae spent a week behaving like two brazen nymphomaniacs on heat. And then stopped.

In fact Maura’s row with Tom came about because she objected to being viewed as promiscuous.

Much needed spice: The show instantly flat-lined after last Wednesday’s re-coupling and then spent the next seven days stagnating

Much needed spice: The show instantly flat-lined after last Wednesday’s re-coupling and then spent the next seven days stagnating

This was fair enough that, at 28, she had only had a handful of relationships and ‘never even had a one-night stand.’

But it’s certainly not the impression she or the producers of the programme gave us when she arrived. (Ditto Molly-Mae.)

The net result of Tommy’s decision and Maura inexplicably accepting it, giving up on him, then simply moving on to the next ‘Tom’ has been that the whole programme has deflated.

A fortnight ago, viewers had several couples to be at least intrigued about:

Tommy & Maura vs. Tommy & Molly-Mae was bordering on gripping – its equivalent of Burton & Taylor.

Joe & Lucie were the young romantics, jeopardise by his insecurity over Tommy and controlling tendencies.

Amy & Curtis were the sweet, well-suited, couple.

Michael & Amber were the will-they/won’t they couple – who needed to take the plunge.

Then we had the prospect of seeing if Anton, Anna and Yewande found the person they all seemed nice enough to deserve.

Since Wednesday’s re-coupling that has all gone though.

Over the last week nothing has happened.

Maura and Tommy gave up on each other, taking Molly-Mae out of the mix too.

Joe left, leaving Lucie free – although, inexplicably¬ not a single man has tried to pair up with her, or even chatted her up.

Amy & Curtis have become so domesticated they serve no interesting purpose whatsoever, while Curtis now looks slightly creepy.

Michael & Amber did become a couple – but have then done nothing. (Not even one row, which seems unlikely in her case.)

Meanwhile the new trio – Tom, Jordan, and Arabella – have been a disaster.

Far too much time was wasted on Danny’s ‘dilemma’ choosing between Arabella (the supermodel) and Yewande (the insecure scientist who hadn’t had a boyfriend for four years).

Jordan & Anna have paired up, again to virtually no effect and with no real conviction.

As for Tom & Maura, the way he blotted his copybook before he’d even made it into the Hideaway for the night only confirmed what viewers could see for themselves: that the whole relationship had no foundation.

Anton remained single. So no change there then…

The only real friction has been between Amber, Anna and co. towards Arabella – which is more like Big Brother than Love Island.

Danny is so dull that even when he did pair up with Arabella there has been no chemistry and no interest.

The fact that NONE of the other boys is even interested in the long blonde, or trying to take her off him, proves how pointless the whole thing has become.

Of course speculation is rife about the identity of the two contestants that have left the series – if indeed they are a couple (which seems likely).

But again, it doesn’t make much difference.

Tommy and Molly-Mae would be a big blow but the fact that literally every couple is dispensable proves how much trouble this series is in.

Love Island had to do something. In fact it could easily get rid of the entire bunch and just start again.

 

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