If you ask us, going on Love Island seems like a pretty sweet deal. Aside from the free holiday, booze (a couple of glasses a night, so we hear) food and bikinis, you also get the chance of falling in love and becoming an Instagram star overnight. Plus, there’s the small matter of £50,000 prize money for the winning couple.
Sounds like the gig of a lifetime, right? Well, yeah, aside from the fact that the contestants are getting paid hardly anything for their time.
According to reports last year, “All the Islanders are getting £200-a-week to be on the show. If you break it down to how many hours they’re filming every day it’s absolutely nothing!”
We worked it out, and it’s a measly £2.80 an hour – not even nearly minimum wage!
The source continued, “But they know the end goal is mega-money and fame. If they win, it could be £50,000 they leave with or £25,000 if they split the pot. Then they’ll make loads off the back of magazine deals and sponsorship. They’re all prepared to take the hit now because this time next year they could be rolling in it!”
Thankfully, ITV have reportedly increased this to £250 a week this year, in order to compensate the Islanders for the time they spend in the villa.
A source told the Daily Star ‘“Everyone knows that stepping into that villa brings good and bad things.
“They risk coming out and being trolled on Twitter, their dreams of being a reality star dashed, work dries up and ending up feeling depressed and having issues.”
If you ask us, the entertainment they provide us is worth a pretty hefty pay packet…
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