Love Island 2020 is already being criticised for its new line up of contestants.
The ITV2 reality series has now unveiled the new batch of contestants looking for love in the villa, which will now be fronted by Irish presenter Laura Whitmore after host Caroline Flack stepped down.
However, the set of new hopefuls is under fire for its lack of diversity when it comes to a huge factor: age.
Fans of the hit show have taken to social media and forums to complain about the lack of age diversity on the new series, with some questioning why the decision to have a narrow age group has been made.
One commented on Reddit: “Age range is disappointing this season.
“It ranges from 20-25. That’s tragic. I wonder if they’ll throw a lot of older women in as time goes on since in the last season they’ve brought plenty of drama to the villa (Maura, Anna and Arabella).”
Another said: “I’m 22 and I already feel old seeing how young some contestants are (18-20).”
One added: “I’m sure a lot of people aren’t but a lot of people last year complained about how young people didn’t know a lot about love so they wanted to see some older contestants.”
Others defended the show, however, arguing that the series is catering towards its target audience.
“I’m pretty sure the main demographic is like 16-25,” one commenter pointed out.
Another agreed, adding: “People 16-25 on average don’t want to watch a bunch of 30 year olds hooking up. And that’s the target audience for the show”
A different fan had a much more pragmatic approach to why it’s a good decision.
One viewer wrote: “Better this than having the one 29 year old get rejected by everyone and booted off in week 2 like what usually happens.”
Ouch – but possibly true!
Love Island returns on Sunday, January 12, 2020.
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