So, When and How Can We Watch Love Island UK?

Love Island UK season is finally upon us. With Season 8 available for streaming on Monday (June 6), it’s almost time for us to hear those sweet, exciting words, “I’ve got a text!” But, if you’d like to watch the islanders attempt to make romantic connections this summer, you need to know how to do it. Here’s everything we know about Season 8 of Love Island – including how to watch here in the U.S.

In case you’re not familiar with the show here’s a run down of what you can expect. Many sexy singles will be sequestered in a beautiful villa in Mallorca, located off the coast of Spain, in the hopes of finding love. They will flirt, they will fall into love triangles, they will fight, but most importantly they will entertain us with funny quips and fun challenges. At the end of it all, the winning couple, voted in by the public, gets £50,000 that they can choose to split with each other, or steal for themselves.

When Can We Expect Season 8?

The newest season of Love Island will be dropping on Monday, June 6 at 9 p.m. UK time or 4 p.m. ET. Like other seasons, Love Island will air everyday at the same time, except on Saturday when a weekly roundup of the best bits will be showing.

Who Are This Year’s Islanders?

This year’s islanders have already been announced and viewers are in for a treat. Of course, the Islanders are as hot as you can typically expect. But this season boasts one of the most diverse casts we have seen from Love Island UK – including the show’s first ever deaf contestant, Tasha Ghouri. UK soccer fans may also recognize the name of another contestant, Gemma Owen, the daughter of Michael Owen, the famous former Premier League player.

What About Mental Health?

It hasn’t all been sunny in the world of Love Island, in the past the show has faced criticism for its failure to protect and maintain the mental health of contestants. Airing for six to eight weeks, contestants have some of their most intimate and most dramatic moments aired, all for public consumption. While the outcome may sometimes be good with contestants being beloved by many, some contestants face backlash and hate upon exiting the villa. Since the show’s inception, three members of the Love Island cast have died by suicide, with the most recent being the former host, Caroline Flack.

Following these tragedies and public backlash, Love Island‘s production team introduced a number of mental health protocols, including a post-exit mental health evaluation for Islanders, after which they are then given the option of attending eight counseling sessions. This year, ITV has introduced a “Duty of Care” protocol that allows prospective Islanders to watch videos from past Islanders where they discuss “how to cope with being filmed 24/7”, “dealing with social media trolling, and adapting to life away from the show.” The protocol will also make sure that prospective Islanders receive diversity and inclusion training.

Where Can You Watch In the US?

Now, where can Americans tune in on all of the lively drama and “my type on paper”s? Well, that depends on how soon you’d like to tune in. If you’d like to watch immediately, the best option is to download a VPN that will allow you to access UK sites, right from here in the US. From there, you would be able to access the show directly on ITV, where it airs for free in the UK. VPNs, however, can be expensive, so you can expect to pay a pretty penny to watch immediately.

However, if you are not opposed to waiting a little bit longer, the new season is likely to air on Hulu. Love Island 2021 aired about two-weeks after its premiere on Hulu. And while the streaming giant is yet to announce exactly when we can expect season 8 to show up, we can expect a similar circumstance for this year. And given the show’s frequent airing, you can be sure that you’ll have plenty of episodes to catch up on.

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