Love Island: In the wake of the Talent Show, we count down the most difficult challenges


Not difficult for the Islanders, but for the viewers. For someone who suffers from severe bouts of second-hand embarrassment and already has to endure his kids’ annual school talent show, I don’t like having to submit to Luca Breaking Free’s murder. But first…

Do you know those four rookie bombshells that landed less than a week ago? Well, three-quarters of them have since received the boot, proving that OG islanders and viewers have less incentive to emotionally invest in new people so close to the finale. Had Danica fallen in love with Deji’s relentless but usually measured advances, the pair could have been shoes for next Monday’s final. Instead, she opted to partner with the only rookie to survive last night’s dump – professional footballer Jamie.

Indeed, Deji’s seemingly endless vacation came to an abrupt end on Sunday night, alongside his ‘partner’ Lacey, along with the other two newbies who had to resort to mating were all voted the two least compatible couples. and therefore dropped. .

Producers replaced the shoehorn with new, useless competitors in favor of the usual flurry of activities, such as Sports Day – which gave Danica a particular boost. While we weren’t treated to gems echoing last year’s Toby frantically pumping iron in front of a one-way mirror when his team lost, we did see Danica in her natural habitat – coaching her team, participating at the post-contest debriefing and providing the mandatory morale boost when the red team was STOLEN in the end.

Since there now seem to be almost nightly challenges as the show draws to a close, here are Love Island’s recurring challenges ranked from best to worst.

It’s not just based on personal preference; I scoured social media in the name of research to see what activities viewers love and dislike the most.

Twitter challenge:

This most popular challenge (almost up there with the now-defunct polygraph challenge) has reportedly been dropped amid concerns about its impact on contestants’ mental health. In short, it involved Islanders reading speech bubbles emblazoned with tweets and they had to guess who the tweet was referring to. Why is it a fan favorite? Well, Twitter likes a bit of drama. So much so that they can’t pass up this one.

Snog, marry, pie:

This annual event sees islanders choose who they would like to (as the title suggests) kiss, marry or smash their faces with pie. This proves extremely insightful when it comes to an islander’s state of mind – especially if he’s holding a grudge. For example, Twitter has a theory that Luca stomped on Tasha because she chose Andrew over him in week one.

Video of the day

Movie night:

This is where Casa Amor’s wrongs are exposed and all the villains get their just desserts. In theory. Almost never in practice, however.

Sports day:

At the risk of repeating itself, Sports Day is truly a joyous reveal regarding the contestants as rounded humans. Who’s a sore loser (Luca), who’s a motivating juggernaut for good (Danica), and whose bottom wobbles the most when he takes on the egg-and-spoon race (all of them).

Meet the parents:

In the penultimate episode, the remaining couples meet each other’s family members for the first (and often only) time. Usually it turns out to be an emotional rollercoaster, with parents trying not to embarrass their children while secretly trying to lay down the law – while everyone is wearing flip flops. Rumor has it that if Gemma and Luca make it to the final, Michael Owen won’t take part in the traditional Villa encounter. It’s worth keeping Luca around just to see how gutted he is.

Baby Challenge:

What bothers me the most about this challenge is the gender disparity that’s on display – mainly the way the producers usually send the boys out for an afternoon of golf while the girls hold the plastic baby that cry. Buckle up, because if past years are any indication, this challenge will take place next Wednesday.

Talent Show:

Like I said, second-hand embarrassment can be hugely debilitating for viewers – unless you let yourself go like Andrew did tonight…

This manky food challenge:

Of all the Club 18-30 type challenges that competitors typically take on in the first half of the series (they mostly involve idling in swimsuits down a dirt road before tumbling down a water-soaked slide beer, or performing some form of striptease), there is one that viewers would immediately dissolve if they had half a chance. It involves paired partners transferring a food source from one table to another using only their mouths.

This year, it involved lewd replays of the boys squirting cocktail mixes from their own mouths down their partners’ throats in an attempt to fill a container. It was worse; previous years have seen word-of-mouth of a Sunday luncheon, titled Spit The Roast. Lift some.

Recap of last night’s “Talent” show…

• Danica channeled Janet Jackson in shorts. In her own words, she is “more than a bat shaker”.

• Adam performed a magic trick, which lasted FOREVER – mainly because he chose to wear a shirt under his vest.

• Instead of dancing like Danica, Tasha did her best beatz and sang. She failed but she looked adorable doing it.

• Dami tried rapping, but even Indiyah said she’d be “a bad girlfriend” if she said rapping was good.

• Professional player Jamie became surprisingly out of breath while doing some soccer tricks.

• Gemma and Paige proved interchangeable with a moving rendition of My Humps.

• Ekin-Su dressed up as Miss Drama Queen 2022 to do her variation of Faye’s Grumpy Island Roast from last year. But it was more of an inspirational speech, which was good. It was like your cool aunt saying she was really proud of you.

• Andrew did what he does best, which was a comedy tour of a model of La Villa.

• Indiyah released a Milly from last year and did her best on the recorder. It was either Twinkle Twinkle or Old McDonald’s. Or Mary had a little lamb. According to whoever did the subtitles, it was the first.

• Davide struggled to choose “out of all the talahnts,” but settled on a half-naked cooking tutorial that shook Paige.

• Luca’s teeth tried to sing something from Highschool Musical but it was horrible. Dull tone. Despite that, you could see Danica trying to motivate him (and everyone was listening) with her serious gaze.

Below is a convenient montage of everyone rehearsing, what we could have done instead of the 30 minutes we collectively endured tonight… Yet at least it’s over for another year.

General atmosphere…

Takeaway key…


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