Olivia Attwood gave OKAY! readers his opinion on everything that has been happening in the Love Island villa for four weeks now.
As we come halfway through the series, we asked our exclusive columnist to share the villa’s juiciest secrets, and she didn’t disappoint.
Here, the 30-year-old tells us about the “intense” overlaps that can last until 4 a.m., the secret functions of the islanders’ phones and even where competitors sneak in to have sex during the day.
She also reveals what happens on the much-rumoured beach days and how the latest couples will prepare to find out who will take home the £50,000 cash prize.
“In later series, beach days increased a lot. We only had one beach day in our entire series and it was pretty close to the end. It was just because they needed to do some maintenance on the villa so they needed us the way.
“They separated the boys and the girls so that we can’t chat or get off with each other, nothing can happen to change the scenario. The boys went on one bus, we went on another and we are Went to different places. You basically get teamed up with producers, for every two Islanders there will be one producer.
“Me and Amber Davies were together and we kept trying to leave and chat, but they were following us and saying, ‘What are you talking about? You don’t get a chance to talk about your relationship or anything that happens on the show. We just went to the beach for the morning, got takeaway food and just sunbathed and went in the sea for a bit.”
In-villa beauty treatments
“I’ve heard that on recent shows, people come in to do hair extensions and nail maintenance. On my show, there was absolutely nothing except last week. Us girls who were in final, we had someone come over to do our hair and nails.
“Until the finale we had to cut our nails, we had hair extensions lying around, we were a mess! So for the series that followed, they realized the girls looked like absolute scoundrels, so they started asking them for help.
“A few times during the series, maintenance people will come. It was difficult because you get so used to having your own hairdresser or nail technician, and with the language barrier, it’s difficult to make sure you get the right thing.”
Lunches and dinners with caterer
“Lunch and dinner are catered for. There is a long dining table next to the kitchen and you get a 20 minute warning the food arrives on large trays.
“It’s like school dinner. They have it all cooked and you serve yourself like a buffet. Like days at the beach, the producers sit with you so you can’t discuss the show. They also use this time to clean the room or take things for the laundry, all household matters are then discussed.”
Hidden smoking area
“Before you enter the villa, you disclose whether you are a smoker or not and tell them how many cigarettes you typically smoke per day. You then have to go to the Beach Hut and say you want to smoke and a producer will tell you .literally takes you to the front door of the villa and you just stand there and smoke a cigarette.
“In our show, you could literally ask for the pack of cigarettes and smoke whenever we wanted. I know smoking is really bad and you can’t encourage young people to smoke, but I kinda miss watching it. really gave that feeling of sitting with your friends and chatting.At the bottom of the garden where there are white sofas, that was our smoking area and I always look at it and think about everything that is going on there- low.
“The producers had to encourage us to use other parts of the garden because we sat there all day, they used to film the whole show in one part of the villa. We were like bees around the honey! “
Secret sex spots
“Liberty shocked the girls when she said she and Jake had gone further than they imagined, but there aren’t really any secret sex places people can go.
“If you go upstairs during the day, you can have sex in the bathroom or anywhere if you want, but I think the editing of the show just changed.
“They leave more to the imagination now and have made it more family friendly. But when you’re in the bedroom, there’s so many beds and so much noise from the camera, from the gallery, from people whispering, you can doing things under the covers without people knowing.”
texts by islanders
“You can text other islanders from the phone, so for the first day or two, just kidding, we were texting each other constantly, but the novelty wears off pretty quickly, but that’s literally it , that’s all phones do.
“Nothing goes between Islanders on the phone because, as we learned very quickly, the producers have a phone that reads every text. You can’t send someone a secret because the producers get it too on their phone.”
Dates take place on the grounds of the Villa
“The villa itself is on a lot of land so most of the appointments are on the villa grounds so you just have to walk to them. Some are a bit further away so you therefore you are brought to them.”
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“Producers don’t tell you when the recoupments are, but they do remind you to keep thinking about your speeches so you’re ready.
“If you get stuck, you can ask for help. I got stuck a few times and they don’t give you anything to say, but you can discuss it with them.
“When you’ve been in a relationship with the same person for four or five weeks, you have nothing more to say.”
“Some spills can take so long. We did recoups that lasted until three or four in the morning. We didn’t know the time, but the producers were telling us we had to go to bed because he was the early hours of the morning.
“They’re awful, they’re worse in real life. On TV, they fill the silences with music but it’s so quiet you only hear the crackle of fire.
“The villa is in the middle of nowhere, so when you’re there waiting you can literally hear a pin drop. It’s so intense.”
“The day of the final is the best day. You don’t film the show, the whole villa is taken over. In the garden, they build the set.
“We were just p**ing in the bedroom because there were construction workers everywhere. It’s really exciting because you see them setting up for this big party, you know you’re coming home you and you’re not in front of the camera, then you just happen to get out.
“It’s kind of like Christmas Eve because you can hear everything being set up and you’re just sitting there waiting.”
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Love Island continues nightly at 9 p.m. on ITV2 and ITV Hub. The episodes are available the next morning on BritBox.