Love Island Australia fans divided over new trailer: ‘Weirdest intro yet’

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After taking a hiatus in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Love Island Australia is officially coming back for season three later this year.

Channel Nine has revealed the first look at the new season, which for the first time ever is taking place in Australia.

Sophie Monk as a mermaid in the Love Island trailer.
Love Island Australia is being filmed in Australia for the first time. Photo: Channel Nine

Unlike previous years in Spain and Fiji, the dating series will instead be filmed in Port Douglas in Far North Queensland.

The new trailer makes it very clear that the Love Island villa has been relocated to Australia with the use of the song Down Under by Men At Work.

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Host Sophie Monk transforms into a mermaid for the video, complete with long blonde hair and an Australian flag bikini.

While sitting on a rock by the ocean, she plays along to the iconic Aussie anthem on a flute as her siren song.

“Follow me you beautiful sexy singles,” she declares. “Dive in, there’s plenty of fish in this sea.”

Another scene shows mermaid Sophie by the pool surrounded by attractive singles eating a variety of Australian foods, including lamingtons and Vegemite sandwiches.

Love Island is in our own backyard, Australia! Where it’s beautiful one day, perfect the next,” she says.

The first look also features a cockatoo, a crocodile, a koala and the divisive footwear, Crocs.

Sophie Monk as a mermaid in the Love Island trailer.
Many fans have called the new trailer ‘cringe’. Photo: Channel Nine

While many fans have praised the Channel Nine series for filming in Australia for the very first time, others have called the new trailer “cringe”.

“Ok this is their weirdest intro yet,” one person commented. “It's not as good as UK for sure but surely it will help fill the Love Island void for a bit.”

“That was the most horrific introduction to a great show. Still watching though,” another added.

“If the ad is anything to go by, I look forward to watching a crappy show,” someone else remarked. “Better than watching serious TV during lockdown.”

“This intro makes me hate it,” a different user shared, while a fifth said, “Already looks lame but we are still watching it”.

Love Island Australia is coming soon to Channel Nine.

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