Love Island's surprising new twist will divide fans: 'Not genuine'

The latest season of Love Island Australia has wrapped up filming in Spain, leaving viewers wondering how voting and live audience interaction will work.

Yahoo Lifestyle can now reveal a surprising twist for the dating show which is likely to upset fans.

Love Island contestants smiling for the camera while in bikinis
Love Island fans won't be happy after hearing the new twist. Photo: Nine

A production source tells us that producers filmed three alternative endings which show each of the remaining couples pretending to win.

However, only one version will end up being broadcast on TV.


“Nobody has any idea who will win the cash prize as producers had all the finalists film a version where they win,” our source tells us.

“The contestants won’t find out if they’ve won or not until they actually sit down to watch the finale with the rest of Australia, and see if their winning scene is played.”

Two Love Island contestants smile as they lounge on a beach chair
The show has been pre-recorded in Spain this year. Photo: Nine

The insider added that the fake endings were filmed to “prevent spoilers” and “allow the fans to have some say in the show and vote for their winner”.

A second source tells us that this might not sit well with audiences, as it “takes away the integrity as the cast are acting and the reactions are not genuine”.

This isn’t the first time that multiple endings have been filmed for a reality show, with heated backlash after The Voice Australia went down this route.

Fans complained that the ending seemed fake, as all four finalists had to act out their winning moment.

Two photos of Married At First Sight star Al Perkins at the beach
Married At First Sight star Al Perkins is set to appear on Love Island. Photo: Instagram/al.perkinss

MAFS’ Al paid ‘hefty fee’ to join cast

This comes after reports that MAFS star Al Perkins was paid a ‘hefty fee’ to join the Love Island cast.

Although the star admitted he would have done the show ‘for free’ his management stepped in to negotiate on his behalf.

“Al was able to secure a one-off four-figure sum to add that star-power to the show,” their source said.

“He was desperate to get on and said yes the second he was offered. It’s a dream come true for him, he would be ecstatic [that he got on the show].”

In addition to the one-off sum, the star will also receive ‘a fee of $500 per week’ while he’s on the show.

Contestants are also paid a daily rate of approximately $1000, to cover any in-store or event appearances.

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