- Love Island USA premieres on July 9, 2019 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.
- You can watch it live on CBS, or online whenever you want with the CBS All Access app.
- The dating competition reality TV show will air five nights a week, from Monday to Friday.
Brace yourselves, Islanders: Love Island is coming to America! The U.K. reality TV phenomenon that brought phrases like “proper fit” and “muggy” into the worldwide lexicon—as well as a ton of hot millennials, sexy challenges, and just a hint of romance—premieres on July 9, and I am sooooo ready for it.
Here’s everything you need to know before you watch your new favorite dating show.
How do I watch the Love Island USA premiere?
Love Island USA will premiere on July 9 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS. Oh, and prepare to cancel every weekday date you’ve ever planned because the show will air five days a week (yes, really).
You can also watch it online whenever you want (read: can spare five hours to binge) if you have a digital subscription to CBS All Access.
But since its premiere across the pond in 2015, Love Island has become a BFD in the U.K. That means—lucky for you—the first four seasons are also available on Hulu, if you feel like getting acquainted with the OG version, too.
How does Love Island work, exactly?
Okay, let’s get down to business. At its core, Love Island is a dating show, but this isn’t your typical someone-better-get-engaged-after-two-months Bachelor spinoff. The show locks 11 sexy singles (referred to as “Islanders”) in a remote villa in Fiji, where they are under constant video surveillance. The aim of the game—which BTW, airs in real time—is to “couple up” with another Islander. The last remaining couple takes home a cash prize.
On day one, the Islanders have to couple up based solely on first impressions, but at various times throughout the show, they’ll be asked to “re-couple” with an Islander of their choice. Then, they can decide to hook up with a different hottie or stick with who they’ve got.
Plus, over the course of the summer, they’ll compete in crazy challenges that test both their physical abilities and their relationships in the villa. Couples or individual Islanders can be eliminated by either a public vote or by voting amongst themselves—and then new women and men enter the villa to ~shake~ things up. (Bachelor In Paradise, eat your heart out.)
Who is the host of Love Island USA?
While the British version is currently hosted by famed presenter Caroline Flack, the Americans will be getting to know new host Arielle Vandenberg. Arielle first rose to fame on Twitter’s six-second video service Vine (RIP), and has had a few acting roles in shows like How I Met Your Mother and Bones. She also boasts 1.2 million followers on Instagram.
HEY EVERYONE!!! I AM THE HOST OF LOVE ISLAND!!!! Are you kidding me? Dreams really do come true! I feel so honored to be a part of this amazing @cbstv family! WOW! I’m buzzing right now! I’ve waited my whole life for a moment like this! And it feels exactly as I imagined! PERFECT! Thank you thank you thank you @loveislandusa & @cbstv for choosing me to as your host! I LOVE LOVE!!! LET’S GOOOOOO!!! Ahhhhhhh!!!!!
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Who is in the Love Island cast?
A bunch of young, hot, single, early-twenty-somethings. Peep these posts to check out alllll the eye candy:
🎶 Who run the villa, GIRLS! Who run the villa, GIRLS! 🎶 #LoveIslandUSA
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Roses are red, violets are blue, here are our boys, feel free to swipe through… and through and through and through 😜 #LoveIslandUSA
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Real talk: Why am I about to be obsessed with Love Island?
If you’ve seen the U.K. version, Love Island is basically a combination of every good reality TV show that’s out there. You get the 24/7 surveillance and gameplay you’ve seen on Big Brother mixed with the drama that comes from messing with different couples on Bachelor In Paradise (minus all the earnest love clichés from The Bachelor). You’ll see Real Housewives-level fighting, Survivor-esque challenges, and Jersey Shore-style raunchiness to boot. What’s not to love?
Plus, at least in the British edition, the reality show displays a delightful self-awareness of how ridiculous this whole thing actually is, like if Spencer Pratt from The Hills was narrating the entire journey. And did I mention it’s on five nights a week? So, yeah… you’re bound to get addicted.
Watch UK Love Island host Caroline Flack teach grandmas Islander lingo:
Do any of these Love Island couples actually stay together?
Since you asked…sometimes! There are at least four U.K. couples still going strong, which is honestly impressive since most of the Islanders are not exactly there to put a ring on it. See season three’s Jessica Shears and Dom Lever, who are now happily married and expecting a baby together:
Can’t wait to meet you 👶🏼 @marketofmums thanks for an amazing day 🙌🏻
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Could the same happen stateside? Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves…
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