This year’s crop of Love Island stars have reportedly undergone the strictest psychological tests the series has ever had to prepare them for life during and after the villa.
According to The Sun, hopefuls were given the greenlight to take part in the ITV2 show after passing several rounds of mental health checks while hundreds of others were turned down after they failed to pass the tough procedures.
The publication also reports that there are already two more unannounced contestants currently in isolation ready and waiting to enteer the villa.
Tests: This year’s crop of Love Island stars have reportedly undergone the strictest psychological tests the series has ever had to prepare them for life during and after the villa (series 7 islander Chloe Burrows pictured)
Former contestants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon as well as former host Caroline Flack all took their own lives, prompting Love Island bosses to overhaul the show’s aftercare policy.
A source said: ‘ITV puts the welfare of its Love Islandstars front and centre and this year’s checks were the most extensive ever carried out.
‘Producers are mindful that this series is also set to be the most watched because more people are watching TV during lockdown than ever.
‘That’s why the tests have been ramped up and a lot of help and support is being put in place.’
Bombshells: The publication also reports that there are already two more unnaounced contestants currently in isolation ready and waiting to enteer the villa (Shaughna Phillips and Dmei Jones pictured during series 6)
The publication also reports that a team of experts had the final say on who went into the villa rather than the show’s producers and all contestants are believed to have filled in questionairres on their mental health.
They then reportedly had an interview with an expert before a third meeting where the decision was made on whether they were mentally well enough to cope with the fame going on the show would bring.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for ITV for comment.
It comes after ITV listed the show’s new duty of care protocols in a statement, which will support Islanders before, during and after filming.
The protocols are in line with the show’s last series but will also now feature another clinical psychologist, Dr Matthew Gould, who joined ITV last year and will work with Dr Litchfield, an external advisor to the business.
Tragic: Former contestants Mike Thalassitis (left) and Sophie Gradon (right) both died tragically in 2019 and 2018, respectively
Gone but not forgotten: Love Island host Caroline Flack also died tragically in February 2020 (pictured November 2019)
The two medical professionals will continue to independently review and evolve the duty of care measures ITV currently has in place.
The current and full duty of care process sees comprehensive psychological support, detailed conversations with Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show and a proactive aftercare package which offers support.
Other measures in place include training for contestants with social media, handling potential negativity, financial management and taking on management.
The duty of care process will regularly be reviewed and evolve in line with the increasing popularity of the show.
Talking about the processes in place, Dr Matthew Gould said: ‘Duty of care is not a static goal. It evolves with public expectation, legislation, and with the commercial development of the programme format in order to maintain creativity.
‘Effective delivery of care is an exercise in collaboration especially between health professionals, programme participants and producers. Also, it can be especially influenced by senior leaders within an organisation.
‘My appointment last year in a new role to broaden the duty of care effort is testament to the seriousness which ITV gives this subject.’
Meanwhile, The Sun also reports that the ten announced islanders could be joined by two new bombshells on Monday night’s launch episode.
A source said bosses ensured they had two extra contestants on standby after lining up more people than they needed in case anyone had to drop out due to Covid-19.
A source said: ‘ITV puts the welfare of its Love Islandstars front and centre and this year’s checks were the most extensive ever carried out’ (series 7 islander Faye Winter pictured)
The insider added that producers were so blown away by the contestants they are considering incorporating them as part of the series.
Islanders have been forced to live in bubbles ahead of the series amid the pandemic with bosses said to be taking ‘no chances’.
Love Island starts at 9pm Monday 28th June on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.
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