Inside Love Islands contract – wages, pay difference, clothes confiscated

Across the eight-week long series, the Love Island stars appear to be living in paradise while they try and find the loves of their lives.

But in reality, the contestants must comply with strict set of rules that they must comply with – unless they face being booted from the villa.

Back in 2019, the ITV contract was revealed in full for the first time which shows how some contestants are treated differently than others on the show.

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As the eighth series of the hugely popular reality show comes to an end, Daily Star has taken a deep dive inside the recently exposed contract.

Pay difference

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Contracts are handed to each potential star weeks before they are due to fly out to Majorca, but what some viewers may be unaware of is that the original line-up will get a different contract the bombshells who arrive later on in the series.

This means that stars such as Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, Amber Gill, Tommy Fury and Millie Court will have signed a separate agreement compared to the likes of Molly-Mae Hague, Danny Williams and Arabella Chi.

The contract – which was unveiled to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s select committee three years ago – states that each contestant will receive payment in the form of expenses.

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Previously, ITV bosses made it clear that Islanders would have to pay for their own flights, drinks and phone calls up to their arrival in the villa and that ITV bosses would refund the money at a later date.

In the latest contract, it reads: “One-off expenses of [redacted]; and from the second week of the Key Filming Period only [redacted] that you remain a contestant on the Programme (if any) (together, the ‘Expenses’).”

This means that those who are on the show from the first day and stay on the show for the first two weeks will be paid more expenses than the Bombshells.

In addition to this, Islanders who made it on to the show are warned that if they pull out of the line-up before entering the villa won’t get paid at all – even if they’ve forked out on flights to Majorca.

Weekly wage

It has also been reported that the stars of the show are “compensated” for giving their time up to be on the ITV2 dating series with a weekly wage which is thought to be around £250.

The fee will help to cover bills, rent and any other costs they need to pay for back home while the group are searching for love in the Spanish resort.

This means that the originals who are lucky enough to stay for the full eight weeks will pocket £2,000 for their time on the show.

And finalists of the show can pretty much guarantee that they’ll be banking plenty of cash after their TV stint due to the flood of lucrative promotional deals, social media sponsorships and further TV opportunities they’ll be offered on the outside.

And for the winners of the show, they also receive the extra £50,000 cash prize which they are given the choice to either split with their partner or steal for themselves.

Yet in the fine print of the contract, producers make it clear that they or the production company are not responsible for any delays in the delivery of the eye-watering prize.

In the contract, they make it clear that they are able to amend the rules at their own discretion, and state that the reward may be subject to conditions “which are not mentioned during the Programme.”

Free calendar

The contract also states that all contestants needed to make themselves available to film the main show, the spin-off show Aftersun, and “any other making-of programmes” however some Islanders who were booted from the show by bosses weren't invited.

Filming the show starts in the UK in “various locations” including the BBC Elstree studio where Aftersun is filmed before the sexy singletons jet of to Spain.

Islanders taking part on the show must be aged above 18 on or before the start of the show, cannot be employed (either in the past 10 years or present) by ITV or production company Motion.

Likewise, they cannot be immediately related to someone or have a live-in partner who is employed by ITV and must have a valid passport covering them over the summer months.

They must also be “exclusively available” to participate in the show for a minimum of eight consecutive weeks.

The document further states that Islanders must “use [their] best endeavours to facilitate” their friends, family and associates filming parts for the show, and must fly out to Majorca up to 14 days before their arrival in the villa to be placed in hotel lockdown with a chaperone.

It reads: “During the Lockdown Period, apart from our staff, you shall not have any contact with anyone by any means whatsoever including without limitation, phone, internet or any other forms of communication.”

Strict wardrobe

There are also strict rules on what the residents can and can’t wear while they’re in the villa, including items of clothing with logos or branded products, or anything they’ve been sponsored to wear on the show by outside companies.

The contract clearly states: “You will not advertise, mention or ‘plug’ any product or service whilst you provide your Contribution (except as directed by us).

“You shall notify us immediately if any person attempts or has attempted to induce you to do anything in breach of the foregoing or which is in any way dishonest.”

It continues: “You acknowledge that we and the Broadcaster determine, in our sole discretion, that the Programme may contain product placements, product integrations, and/or other similar sponsor-related references, information, or activities (collectively, ‘Product Integrations’).

“You agree to actively participate in and with such Product Integrations as required by us and/or the Broadcaster for no additional compensation.”

Former contestant Charlie revealed how ITV bosses confiscated a load of his own branded clothes from him before he entered the villa.

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He explained: “They confiscated a load of clothes off me. You’re not allowed to wear anything that’s branded.

And he wasn’t the only one, as it was previously reported that Luca Bish also had some of his expensive designer Gucci items confiscated by producers before he walked into the Spanish mansion.

But some items have sneakily passed by the production team’s noses, after viewers called Gemma Owen, Paige Thorne and Indiyah Pollack out for wearing fast fashion brands in the villa as well as their pre-owned items.


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