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Love Island Is 'Stepping Away From Controversial Challenge' This Year

Love Island Is 'Stepping Away From Controversial Challenge' This Year

Love Island's executive producer Mike Spencer replied to complaints about the dreaded food challenge.

Love Island fans can breathe a sigh of relief, because the stomach-churning food challenge could be over for good.

With every series, fans of the hit dating show are left squirming as the contestants are made to pass food between each other’s mouths. 

Love Island is stepping away from the food challenge. (

The 2021 series saw the couples attempt to transport an entire roast dinner by spitting ingredients into their partner’s open mouths, including veg and gravy.

So. Gross.

However, after fans consistently complained about the task on social media over the years, it seems it may be on the way out.

During a Q&A on Reddit, fans pleaded with Love Island executive producer Mike Spencer to put an end to the gross challenge. 

“Please can you stop making people put food into each others mouth,” one Reddit said.

Spencer responded: “We are stepping away from the food challenges as we know them.”

ITV declined to comment further when contacted by Tyla.

Spencer also answered questions about the wellbeing of the contestants, with particular focus on the Casa Amor postcards send to the main villa to stir drama.

In previous years, the post cards have led to complaints to Ofcom. 

Spencer replied: “We have published our duty of care protocols very publicly and we have an incredible welfare team on the series.“

“I agree we have to be incredibly considered when making editorial choices.

“We are also making a dating entertainment series but humour is normally at the heart of most storylines. I think we are considered and it always becomes tricky with the passing of information but we aim to find balance in the show.”

Viewers complained about the food challenge on social media last year. (

Love Island is also moving to a brand-new villa for the new series, with pictures of the location being published last week.

Fans were left feeling divided over the in-progress location, with some complaining that the villa looks cramped in comparison to the old one, which is located in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, Mallorca.

The pictures of the new villa reveal some familiar features viewers will instantly recognise, such as the seating area around the fire-pit that is used to film the Islanders getting dumped.

You can read more about it here.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: TV And Film, Love Island, ITV