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Watch live on ITV Hub? You’re missing out on an amazing new feature for Love Island fans

If you watch the latest drama unfold inside the Love Island villa on ITV Hub, you’ll miss out on an exclusive new feature from ITV. Dubbed Shoppable TV, the UK broadcaster has partnered with South Korean technology firm LG to allow viewers to instantly add products featured on the show to their shopping basket – without taking their eyes off the latest re-coupling.

Boots is one of the first brands to sign-up to the innovative new system. So, when viewers with an LG spot a product used in the show they’d like to use – a tap of a button will bring up an overlay with extra information on the item. Similar products available from Boots will also be suggested to put the product into context. Additionally, users can also choose to view all products available from the episode of the show that they’re watching. If anything takes your fancy, an extra tap will send the item to your basket.

Paying for the item isn’t handled through your telly – so you don’t need to worry about typing in a credit card number with your remote. Instead, a link is shared to your smartphone, so you can securely checkout with Google or Apple Pay in seconds.

Love Island fans with LG Smart TVs can initiate the shopping interface at any time by using their telly remote. However, you’ll need to proactively opt-in to receive the notifications and use the shopping service, so those who don’t want to spend any money while bingeing reality telly won’t be bothered by pop-ups to add items to your basket.

To make its new “see it, shop it” system function, ITV is relying on code from TheTake – a contextual product discovery company that specialises in AI. No updates are needed to make the functionality work in millions of homes throughout the UK as TheTake’s technology is built into LG TV sets in the UK by default. However, this new partnership with ITV marks the first time that it has been activated.

Launching initially in Love Island, ITV has already confirmed plans to roll out its new shopping service on other shows across different genres throughout the rest of 2021. The Take technology is already live in the USA on 2021, 2020, and 2019 LG TVs.

In the UK, all 2021 LG TVs have the technology integrated as standard, while TheTake can be added via software update to 2019 and 2020 models.

ITV Director Digital and Creative Partnerships, Bhavit Chandrani said: “This is a unique commercial opportunity and the next natural step in what we can offer to brands. Love Island has been a fantastic platform for innovation in how we work with commercial partners over the past few years and is the perfect show to introduce shoppable TV before we roll it out across other programmes.”

Meanwhile, Pete Markey, Chief Marketing Officer Boots UK, added: “We are very excited to be partnering with ITV and TheTake on the new and innovative opportunity. Launching shoppable TV as part of our wider partnership with Love Island is a great way to help customers easily shop the products they spot in the villa and recreate iconic islander looks from the show.

“It will simplify the customer journey and bring the Boots brand even closer to the Love Island audience.”

‘You’re an idiot’ Stacey Solomon hits back as Joe Swash brands her ‘bigger than an island’

After an “emotional” scan on Friday, Stacey revealed: “Baby Girl. I can not believe I’m writing this… We are growing a little baby girl. 

“To our darling boys, you are the best big brothers anyone could wish for and you’re little sister is the luckiest girl in the world to have you all by her side.(sic)

“I honestly have no words… Mummy Daddy and ALL of your big brothers can not wait to meet you little one…

“We love you so so much already darling girl.”

Joe is also dad to an older son, Harry, 13, from a previous relationship.

Author: Kathryn Ingate
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‘Worst forest fire in the history of Cyprus!’ Island calls for foreign aid amid heatwave

For about a week, Cyprus has experienced a scorching heatwave with temperatures reaching up to 40C.

Charalambos Alexandrou, Director of the Department of Forests, told Omega TV: “It is the worst forest fire in the history of Cyprus.”

He added the perimeter of the inferno stretched for “at least 40km (25 miles)”.

Vassos Vassiliou, a community leader in Arakapas, described the fire as a “whirlwind.

“It destroyed everything,” he said.

Cypriot authorities have reached out to the EU and Israel for assistance in tackling the wildfire which has been burning since around midday on Saturday.

The call for aid came after the enormous wildfire intensified while burning north of the cities of Limassol and Larnaca.

Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades wrote on Twitter: “This is a very difficult day for Cyprus.

“All of the state’s mechanisms are in gear, and the priority is for no loss of life.”

READ MORE: Greece slams EU travel ban on Britons

Several helicopters and firefighting planes are already trying to control the inferno and hope to prevent it from crossing a mountainous region and ravaging the Machairas Forest.

The cause of the fire is not yet clear.

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What time is Love Island on tonight and where can I watch it?

It’s been a long wait for the new series of Love Island to begin and it has definitely been a long time since we last heard ‘I’ve got a text’.

The hit dating show is back on Monday evening with a new cast of sexy singletons ready to be matched with a potential love interest.

A group of 11 will be entering the villa tonight, showing off their rock hard abs while causing drama.

Read more: Love Island 2021 – first look as competitors arrive at luxury Majorca villa for new series

The new cast includes a labourer, luxury party host, waitress and more.

2020’s summer series was cancelled due to Covid restrictions and the last series to air was the winter show in early 2020, which saw Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea crowned winners.

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The familiar outdoor beds are back for those cosy chats, and there is also the usual swing seat for when islanders want to pull someone away for a “cheeky chat”.

The outdoor kitchen is emblazoned with the motto ‘Eat, Sleep, Crack on, Repeat’ and there is a new ‘selfie mirror’ for group shots.

The bedroom has been updated with some interesting wall art which is sure to get viewers talking, and the lounge has a ‘dog house’ bed for islanders who find themselves in trouble with their other halves.

The popular ‘hide-out’ is back for when couples are allowed some alone time.

Laura Whitmore will host the programme from the now-familiar summer villa on the island of Mallorca
Laura Whitmore will host the programme from the now-familiar summer villa on the island of Mallorca

This will be Laura Whitmore’s first summer series of the show after only hosting the first winter series.

Laura said: “I’ve never seen the Villa in Majorca so I’ll probably be there a little bit fangirling at the Villa.

“It’s almost like a person to me.

“So I need to remember that I’m there doing a job, not just a fangirl.”

What time will Love Island be on and where can I watch it?

The hit dating show will hit our TVs tonight at 9pm on ITV 2 and ITV Hub.

Author: [email protected] (Lucy Marshall)
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ITV DOWN: App and website issues stop thousands watching football and Love Island online

The surge of ITV Hub down reports came in just after 8pm today – which is when France Switzerland kicked off.

The reported issues with ITV Hub kicked in ahead of the first episode of the new season of Love Island airing.

The latest season of Love Island kicks off later today on ITV 2 at 9pm UK time.

As the ITV Hub issues hit users took to social networking site Twitter to report the issues they were facing.

One tweeted: “ITV hub ceased at 3:23 in the France match… still waiting to see the first half! Nearly half time and nearly time for Love Island to start! 42 minutes of fault and only noticed 6m ago! Get it sorted!”

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Love Island secrets from off-camera luxuries to bed sheet changes

It’s back! A group of sexy singletons will be heading into the Love Island villa tonight.

After more than a year off air, fans are itching to see the popular show back on our screens.

The 2021 series includes a range of different people from beauty queen, a footballer and an inspirational PE teacher, who has become the show’s first ever disabled star, will all make their debut on Monday, June 28.

It’ll be the same much-loved format as in previous years so we are taking a look back at some of the show’s best kept secrets – from the off-camera dinners to how the sheets get changed.

Here’s your ultimate guide to how Love Island works behind the scenes, The Mirror reports.

1. The beds

The beds take a lot of cleaning

There’s a lot of bed-swapping in the Love Island villa, but you can now sleep easy in the knowledge that the sheets are changed every couple of days, according to Heat magazine.

The beds are strategically placed just 66 centimetres apart – barely two old-school rulers – so that bedroom is very cosy indeed.

It means all the other couples can hear when there’s some sneaky snogging going on.

2. The food

They only cook breakfast for themselves

They might have a swish outdoor kitchen, but luckily the cast don’t have to waste much of their precious flirting time cooking.

The fortunate lot get their lunch and dinner provided for them – they’ve just got to sort out their own breakfast.

But they can cook for each other if they want – coco pops anyone?

3. How many condoms does the Love Island villa need?

There are condoms scattered around the villa

Love Island contestants are always encouraged to have safe sex and are provided with condoms just to make sure.

There’s 200 scattered all around the villa so there’s always one on hand wherever the cast might be.

This gives each of the islanders four a day between them.

4. The decor

If you like the decor you can buy it from high street stores

The bedroom is usually littered with cheeky wall art with slogans like “Get laid” and “All night long”.

But the rest of the house is always pretty classy. In previous years, much of the decor has come from high street stories like H&M and Marks and Spencer.

So if you fancy a fur throw or a few bright kitchen utensils, get clicking.

5. Is there Wi-Fi?

‘I’ve got a text’

Yes. but the producers insist it’s only for the internal phone system.

However, there’s almost certainly going to be wifi onsite to cover all the other technical aspects of running a live TV show from Majorca.

Sadly for the islander, they won’t be able to connect, so don’t expect any Snapchat stories from this lot just yet.

6. The pool

The pool is smaller this year

The pool didn’t get much use in previous years, with many Islanders choosing not to mess up their perfect hair and make-up by going for a dip.

However, the last season seemed to revived the pool – and the famous ‘salmon’ diving craze seemed to be behind the stars’ new-found love of the water.

Apparently it’s also helped that Love Island bosses have switched the pool heating on to help tempt the contestants in for a swim.

7. The cameras

There are a lot of cameras to capture their every move

There are a whopping 70 cameras in total and show bosses expect to capture 1,300 hours of footage during the series.

The majority of the cameras are attached to the wall and the video is fed back to an army of producers manning the control room who can decide which shots to use.

There are also plenty of cameras hidden around the pool, which are manned by camera operators.

Filming continues for 24 hours a day so nothing is missed.

Author: [email protected] (Jessica Gibb, Lucy Marshall)
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Love Island first look as competitors arrive at luxury villa

The new competitors are arriving ahead of the big Love Island launch on Monday – but here is a sneak peek of the luxury villa ahead of the new series being aired on ITV.

Love Island host Laura Whitmore is seen in this ITV teaser showing off the newly-decorated Majorcan villa, which has some new features and a make-over for the 2021 series.

The familiar outdoor beds are back for those cosy chats, and there is also the usual swing seat for when islanders want to pull someone away for a “cheeky chat”.

Read more: Four Hessle pubs forced to shut by “gangs causing fights everywhere”

The outdoor kitchen is emblazoned with the motto ‘Eat, Sleep, Crack on, Repeat’ and there is a new ‘selfie mirror’ for group shots.

Love Island competitors Liberty Poole, Sharon Gaffka, Kaz Kamwi, Faye Winter and Shannon Singh

Competitor Aaron Francis arrives at the Love Island villa

The bedroom has been updated with some interesting wall art which is sure to get viewers talking, and the lounge has a ‘dog house’ bed for islanders who find themselves in trouble with their other halves.

The popular ‘hide-out’ is back for when couples are allowed some alone time.

It’s presenter Laura’s first time in the iconic Majorcan villa, after last year’s series took place in South Africa, with a January ‘winter’ version due to Covid restrictions.

Inside the Love Island villa

The Love Island villa which will be hosting the 2021 show

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Laura is a relative newbie to the Love Island team, after being brought in last year after regular much-loved presenter Caroline Flack tragically took her life in February 2020.

She was seen jetting into the island yesterday with her newborn daughter and mum. Partner Iain Stirling is signed up for the voiceovers as usual but he is believed to be recording them from their UK base over Covid travelling restrictions.

This will be series seven of the show and it is expected to last somewhere between six to eight weeks.

Inside the Love Island 2021 villa

The new crop of singletons was unveiled this week and range in age from 21 to 26, and hail from all corners of the UK.

Love Island starts at 9pm Monday 28th June on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.

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Love Island Instagram rich list as islanders 'get richer every year'

Love Island is set to return next with, with fans eagerly waiting to meet the new set of sexy singletons.

The new series starts on June 28 where the return of love in the sun and “I got a text” will captivate the UK over the summer.

And by now we have pretty much got the hang of how the series works.

Read more: Love Island introduces new mental health protocols to protect 2021 contestants

Some fall in love, some fall out with everyone, whilst others just end up making friends and can’t seem to find ‘the one’.

But not all hope is lost for those singletons who just can’t find the one – there is a hefty cheque for most Islanders when the show ends.

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A number of stars from the show are earning the big bucks, with some earning millions – a lot of which can come from sponsored Instagram posts.

Kem Cetinay went on to have a gig on This Morning, whilst the likes of Olivia Buckland and Molly-Mae Hague have landed major brand deals and launched their own clothing range.

Alex George, better known as Dr Alex, has been appointed a Youth Mental Health Ambassador by the Prime Minister.

The 2021 series includes a beauty queen, a semi-pro footballer and an inspiration PE teacher, who has become the show’s first ever disabled star.

And according to retailer Coffee Friend, the contestants are set to be the richest yet.

The average Islander’s Instagram following has grown 61% each summer – rising by more than 800,000 followers since Series 1 in 2015.

The average Islander in upcoming Series 7 is estimated to make £252,000 – more than the average house price in the UK – in their first year just from sponsored Instagram posts.

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Mollie-Mae Hague is the highest earning Love Islander on Instagram earning an estimated £20,600 per sponsored post, based on the latest social media figures.

Celebrity talent agent says: “For the contestants themselves it’s their time to shine and undoubtedly reap the rewards while possibly becoming the richest contestants yet as brands and live events get ready to pounce.”

Here is the Love Island rich list.

1. Molly-Mae Hague

Molly has 5.5million Instagram followers making an average of £20,600 per post.

Her annual income based on her average five posts a month would therefore be £1,236,000 – wow!

2. Tommy Fury

Tommy has 3.4million Instagram followers making an average of £14,200 per post.

His annual income based on an average of five posts a month is £852,000.

3. Dani Dyer

Dani Dyer

New mum Dani has 3.4million Instagram followers making an average of £14,000 per post.

Her annual income based on her average five posts a month is £840,000.

4. Maura Higgins

Maura Higgins

Maura has 3.2million Instagram followers making an average of £13,300 per post.

Her annual income based on her average five posts a month is £798,000.

5. Amber Gill

Amber Gill

Amber has 2.6million Instagram followers making an average of £11,300 per post.

Her annual income based on her average five posts a month is £678,000.

6. Olivia Bowen

Olivia Bowen

Olivia, who got married to fellow Islander Alex Bowen after the show, has 2.6million Instagram followers, making an average of £11,300 per post.

Her annual income based on her average five posts a month is £654,000.

7. Kem Cetinay

Kem Cetinay

Kem has 2.3million Instagram followers making an average of £10,300 per post.

His annual income based on an average of five posts a month is £618,000.

8. Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes

Chris has 2.1million Instagram followers making an average of £9,500 per post.

His annual income based on an average five posts a month is £570,000.

9. Jack Fincham

Jack Fincham

Jack has 2million Instagram followers making an average of £9,200 per post.

His annual income based on an average of five posts a month is £552,000.

10. Alex George

Dr Alex George

Alex has 1.9million Instagram followers making an average of £9,100 per post.

His annual income based on an average of five posts a month is £546,000.

Author: [email protected] (Lucy Marshall)
This post originally appeared on Hull Live – Celebs & TV

Love Island introduces new mental health protocols for 2021 series

Love Island will finally be back on our screens this month.

ITV confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the brand new series of the show will launch on June 28.

Whilst fans cannot wait for the show to return, the show has come under fire in recent years for its duty of care.

Read more: Love Island 2021 lineup rumours from former WAG to boxer’s son

It comes after the tragic loss of contestants from different series, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, who both took their own lives.

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Sophie Gradon, and Mike Thalassitis

Longstanding Love Island presenter and nation’s sweetheart Caroline Flack also died in February 2020 after taking her own life.

ITV were questioned for their treatment of the people involved with the show.

Producers have now introduced duty of care protocols for each contestant entering the villa to protect their mental health.

The channel announced their welfare plans on Wednesday.

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They said: “Ahead of the forthcoming seventh series of ITV2’s Love Island, ITV today published details of its duty of care protocols, with detailed welfare plans in place to support participants before, during and filming.”

They stated that the process for all contributors involved in the show includes:

  • Comprehensive psychological support
  • Training for all islanders on the impacts of social media and handling potential negativity
  • Training for all Islanders on financial management

Love Island bosses line up NHS doctor for new series
Love Island bosses have lined up NHS doctor for new series

The aftercare package includes:

  • Bespoke training on dealing with social media and advice on finance and adjusting to life back home
  • A minimum of eight therapy sessions will be offered to each Islander when they return home
  • Proactive contact with Islanders for a period of 14 months after the series in which they have appeared has ended, with additional help provided where applicable

What’s more, producers will will encourage Islanders to secure management to represent them after the show.

The full detail of the duty of care and welfare the show will be implementing can be found on the ITV website.

Love Island series seven starts June 28 on ITV2.

Author: [email protected] (Lucy Marshall)
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