Why isn’t Love Island on TV on a Saturday?

Love Island 2017 winner Kem Cetinay has revealed why the show isn't on TV on Saturdays

Love Island

by Alex Ross |
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It's no exaggeration to say that Love Island is probably one of the biggest shows on the box, and when it was cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic, there was certainly a TV shaped hole in our lives.

Luckily it made a triumphant return in 2021 for a frankly outstanding series of telly, followed by 2022's series which gave us the icons Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti. Fast forward to 2023 and we have even more winners; the winter series winners Kai Fagan and Sanam Harrinanan, and then the summer series with winners Jess Harding and Sammy Root.

Now, finally, we have the long awaited Love Island All Stars, and we still can't get enough. We just want MORE and are frustrated by the fact we're left to make alternative plans on a Saturday night when it's not on.

Ever wondered why that is? Love Island 2017 winner Kem Cetinay may have revealed the reason why.

Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning, Kem revealed the Islanders actually get a DAY OFF from filming, where they can leave the villa so the cleaners can go in.

Kem explained, "They give you one day off. You get one day off per week. What happens is, it gives them a day to clean the villa, and you take your mics off, and normally we go to the beach."

As Holly and Phillip appeared shocked, Kem added, "So what happens is, when you take your mic off, you are not allowed to talk about anything to do with the show, you have to talk about home life.

"You are being watched by the producers, because they don't want you to talk about what is going on. They are quite careful about what you talk about, because they want to keep it so everyone at home can see it.


Of course, just like us, Love Island fans were left in shock at Kem's admission. One tweeted, "Kem's on #thismorning chatting about #loveisland and they get a day off on Saturday where they can take their mics off and all go to the beach etc and chill 😶😶how did I not know this 😲😲".

Another wrote, "Wha! The Love Island lot get a day off each week! Saturdays = mics off, head out the villa and all hit the beach together!!! #LoveIsland".

A third added, "I’m pretty sure Kem has just ruined love island #thismorning".

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£4.4 million: Alex Bowen and Olivia Buckland

After meeting on Love Island in 2016, Alex Bowen and Olivia Buckland proved Love Island love does exist, tying the knot in a lucrative ceremony in 2018. The couple have proved staying together is certainly worthwhile, racking up a massive £4.4 million since they left the infamous villa.

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Alex Bowen and Olivia Buckland

As well as landing a £25,000 magazine deal for their wedding, Alex and Olivia get paid around £2000 for each Instagram post, and the pair are reportedly set to land a cool £950k for clothing line Exempt Society. As well as this, the married couple landed their own TV show on TLC, which followed the build-up to their wedding, and they've also worked with brands such as Quiz and Mark Hill.

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£1.7 million: Dani Dyer

From the moment she appeared on Love Island in 2018, Dani Dyer was destined to make a ton of money... Her dad is THE Danny Dyer after all. Dani made her first major pay packet when she won the show alongside Jack Fincham back in 2018, landing a share of £50K.

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Dani Dyer

Although she's now split from Jack, Dani continues to roll in the money, landing deals with the likes of In The Style and Cadbury's. Dani also picks up a LUDICROUS £15,000 for her Instagram posts, and in 2019 she released her debut book 'What Would Dani Do? My Guide to Living Your Best Life'. As if this wasn't enough, the popular reality star recently launched her own eyelash product with make-up brand SOSU By SJ.

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£1.6 million: Amber Davies

Since winning Love Island alongside Kem Cetinay back in 2017, Amber Davies has made a cool £1.6 million from various different ventures. After taking her share of the £50K prize money, Amber went on to bigger and better things.

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Amber Davies

Pursuing her dream of being on stage, Amber landed her dream role in Dolly Parton's West End musical 9 To 5 alongside the likes of Louise Redknapp, and she's received amazing reviews. The brunette has also collaborated with clothing brand Motel Rocks, picking up a sound £500,000 deal with them. Amber also makes her money through her Instagram, reportedly receiving around £10K per post.

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£1.5 million: Kem Cetinay

Ah, the lovely Kem Cetinay. Just like his ex-girlfriend Amber, winning Love Island certainly helped the former hairdresser build up his bank balance. Earning around £1.5 million since leaving the villa as a champion in 2017, Kem was in demand.

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Kem Cetinay

As well as landing a record deal with his Love Island BFF Chris Hughes (and a TV show to follow), Kem has appeared on Dancing On Ice, on which he landed a backstage reporter role the following year. From this, Kem joined This Morning team as their showbiz reporter, and in 2019 he was unveiled as Primark's first ever male ambassador. Just like the others, Kem also makes his money on social media, racking up around £8K for his Insta posts.

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Chris Hughes

Upon leaving the villa, Chris landed his own TV show alongside his ex-girlfriend Olivia Attwood, and then another with his best mate Kem Cetinay. The cheeky-chap has worked with the likes of McDonald's, First Choice, Topman and Carphone Warehouse since leaving the villa, bringing in massive amounts of money. Chris has also put his horse racing passion to good use, presenting a number of shows, as well as releasing a book called You Bantering Me?

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£1.4 million: Chris Hughes

Not to even mention the fact he dated Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson, Chris Hughes has certainly enjoyed success since fathering Cash Hughes in 2017.

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£1.3 million: Kady McDermott

Following in the footsteps of her 2016 co-stars Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen, Kady McDermott has also done well for herself following the show. Despite not staying together with her Love Island BF Scott Thomas, Kady has earned a cool £1.3 million in the last two years.

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Kady McDermott

Kady started making money immediately after leaving the villa, charging around £10K for personal appearances alongside Scott. She later launched a fitness plan and beauty line, and appeared on TOWIE in early 2019 alongside her now ex-boyfriend Myles Barnett.

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£1.3 million: Gabby Allen

Despite her Love Island boyfriend Marcel Sommerville 'cheating' on her whilst the pair were on holiday, it hasn't all been bad news for Gabby Allen. Various different deals and endorsements have made her £1.3 million.

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Gabby Allen

Using her passion of fitness to make money, Gabby launched her own app and fitness programme 'Shape Up With Gabby'. She also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2018. Gabz, who is now dating X Factor star Myles Stephenson, also made her money through clothing brands like Quiz, and she also makes around £2000 per Instagram post.

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£1.2 million: Olivia Attwood

She wasn't immediately liked by Love Island viewers in 2017, but Olivia Attwood has certainly changed the public's perception, racking up approximately £1.2 million since leaving the villa.

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Olivia Attwood

Although she split from Love Island boyfriend Chris not long after the show finished, Olivia made money from their TV show, before making an appearance on Celebs Go Dating and various other panel shows. Since then, Olivia has got back together with her footballer ex-boyfriend Bradley Dack and continued to make a killing from promotional deals. Liv charges £10k for personal appearances, and makes a lovely little £2k for her Instagram posts. She's also had a magazine column and a clothing deal with In The Style.

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£1.1 million: Megan Barton-Hanson

She only appeared on Love Island last year, but Megan Barton-Hanson has already made herself a millionaire. Despite her split from Wes Nelson, Megan has gone on to become mega popular with a number of brands, landing herself £1.1 million.

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Megan Barton-Hanson

After leaving the villa, Megan landed a number of clothing deals, the most lucrative with Pretty Little Thing. Despite turning down a number of personal appearances, the blonde bombshell seems to be in demand. Revealing she's open to dating both men and women, Megan appeared on the seventh series of E4 show Celebs Go Dating and had a rocky romance with Demi Sims.

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£1 million: Jack Fincham

Just like his ex-girlfriend Dani Dyer, Jack was instantly popular when he appeared on the show in 2018, winning a share of £50,000. Fast-forward one year, Jack's life has completely changed, with the former pen salesman earning around £1 million.

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Jack Fincham

As well as landing a TV show alongside Dani, Jack teamed up with brands like McDonald's and Protein World, and his debut clothing line is due out later in the year. Add to this his stationary line, sponsored posts and appearances, Jack's bank balance is building by the day. The lovable star also appeared on Celebs Go Dating alongside fellow Islander Megan.

However, after Kem's pretty explosive revelation, 2019 stars Amy Hart and Joanna Chimonides told Closer Online the complete opposite.

Speaking to Closer, the former air hostess said, "Saturday isn't a day off. We don't have days off, we have our microphones the whole time.

"Every day I was in there I was mic'd and filmed."

Joanna went on to joke, "We don't even get Sundays off. Weekends don't exist on Love Island."

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No days off from lounging round a pool and having all your cleaning and cooking done for you? Gosh, we can't imagine how difficult that must be.

Amy even went on to say that the producers are constantly listening to their conversations.

"One day I complained about something and the next thing I got called to the lounge and there was a medic there. I wasn't even that ill, I said 'sorry I didn't mean to call someone'. You have to be careful what you say."

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Ever since Love Island returned to our screens back in 2015, it hasn't aired on a Saturday, although producers do treat viewers to Love Island: Unseen Bits and while this isn't exactly the same as the normal shows, some fans actually seem to prefer it.

One person tweeted, "Zach is actually funny why are we not seeing his personality more on the Main Show like we are on Unseen Bits?!".

Someone else said, "Am I the only one who likes watching the unseen bits #LoveIsland".

A third added, "I think unseen bits it’s deffo better than the actually show, get to see so much more of people and their personalities."

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