Love Island, Geordie Shore and Towie stars’ FAKE followers ‘revealed’ and it’s mind-boggling

Well, well, well, the stats don't lie

Ricci Guarnaccio, Georgia Steel, Joey Essex

by William Marriott |
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When you go on one of the biggest reality shows on TV, you're destined to get hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of followers.

It's the law.

Stars who have featured on Love Island, Geordie Shore and TOWIE have all amassed such a following that they can get paid thousands for just posting to their social media.

However, while it may look like they have a huge fan base, new statistics released by JewelleryBox have revealed lots of these followers are in fact FAKE, or "robots."

CHECK OUT: Top 10 reality stars with the highest percentage of fake Instagram followers


Reality stars with fake Instagram followers

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10. Adam Collard

Love Island's Adam Collard may have 1.1 million Instagram followers, but 49 per cent of those are allegedly fake.

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9. Jack Fowler

Jack Fowler came out of the Love Island villa with 1.4 million followers. Yet 49.2 per cent are "fake."

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8. Ellie Brown

She's amassed 1.2 million followers from various TV appearances, including Love Island and Celebrity Ex On The Beach, but over half of them, 50.9 per cent, are reportedly fake.

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7. Georgia Steel

Just ahead of Ellie with an extra 0.01 per cent of "robot" followers is her co-star Georgia Steel, who comes in with 51 per cent "fake" followers.

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6. Joey Essex

He rose to fame on TOWIE and created a huge social media profile for himself, but 52.3 per cent of Joey Essex's 1.6 million followers are allegedly fake.

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5. Belle Hassan

She's the only 2019 Love Island star on the list and 52.5 per cent of Belle Hassan's followers are "fake."

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4. Ricci Guarnaccio

He burst onto our TV screens on Geordie Shore and later got engaged to Vicky Pattison but sadly for Ricci, 55.8 per cent of his followers are "robots."

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3. Jordan Davies

He may be a lad on Magaluf Weekender, but on Instagram he's no longer at the top, as 57 per cent of his 750,000 followers are "fake."

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2. Marcel Somerville

Love Island's Marcel Somerville has managed to amass himself 683,000 Instagram followers over his three years of fame, but 58.3 percent of them are apparently "robot accounts."

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1. Marty McKenna

It's probably not the best news in Geordie Shore's Marty McKenna's week, but he's topped the list with just under 60 per cent of his followers actually being "fake." Ouch.

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JewelleryBox carried out the analysis on the top 100 highest followed UK reality TV stars.

They say they did it because "A high follower count is all well and good, but lots of accounts actually have large portions of ‘fake followers’, whether they be bots, followers that have been paid for, or just dormant accounts."

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They used software HypeAuditor to analyse the Instagram followers, which allowed them to "break the audience of each account down into four categories: Real People, Influencers, Mass Followers and Suspicious Accounts."

And while this is interesting for the celebs fans, the celebs themselves are most likely not going to be too pleased with the result.

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