In disappointing news for many long-standing fans of the ITV2 reality show, the Love Island Twitter challenge – in which contestants read tweets about themselves written by the public over the course of the show – has been axed from this year’s winter edition of the show.
Whilst the format of Love Island changes up a little each series with new challenges and twists, there are a few fan favourite challenges that come back year after year and always stir up some drama – the sexy dancing heart-rate challenge, the lie detector test, guessing the headlines and the baby challenge are just some of them.
However, it now looks like the iconic Twitter challenge will not be taking place this year. The fan favourite challenge, titled Online Buzz, saw contestants given tweets about Islanders with the names redacted and having to fill in the blanks to guess who the public were talking about.
The challenge has stirred up plenty of drama in previous seasons as the Islanders got to see exactly what the public really thought of them. In last year’s series, Molly-Mae Hague was left outraged when one tweet suggested Tommy Fury should be with love rival Lucie Donlan instead of her.
But fans shouldn’t be too upset as the brutal game isn’t necessarily gone forever. According to a Love Island insider who spoke to The Sun: ‘The Twitter challenge won't be on this year's series - it hasn't been ditched for good, it's just not happening on the winter season.’ It may just be a case of timings, as the winter series of Love Island has always been expected to be shorter than the summer series.
And whilst it looks like Online Buzz isn’t happening this year, Wednesday night’s episode WILL see the Islanders participating in the very similar guess the headlines game, Sidebar of Shame – in which Islanders are shown tabloid headlines and made to guess who they are about. Get ready for some drama…