For the first time ever, Australia has decided to adopt the UK’s popular Love Island format to make its own version of the dating show with contestants from Down Under.
And while the rules of the game, villa layout and editing is very similar to the British version, there’s something in the Aussie series that’s very different.
Just a glance at the Australian cast confirms the lack of diversity on the Channel Nine reality show, while the ITV version in the UK is keen to showcase a bit more variety in its contestants in terms of ethnicity.
This year’s UK series will see 23-year-old construction worker Niall Aslam, who describes himself as a ‘young independent Asian’, giving the show a crack in a bid to find love.
Meanwhile performer Samira Mighty has also been cast.
In a recent interview with Daily Mail, the 22-year-old said: “When I told my sister she was like, ‘this is great, there’s actually a black girl on the show. People will actually appreciate it.’ Diversity is great in any case, so I’m happy I’m here, if that makes sense, to represent”.
And wait, there’s more.
Wes Nelson, whose father is black and mother is white, has also been cast for the 2018 UK season.
Channel Nine declined to comment on the ‘lack of diversity’ in the Australian series when recently approached by Be.
The new cast of Love Island has been introduced by the network as “ten single Aussies” who “are ready to find love in Spain’s party island”.
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