Several Love Island hopefuls have been left gutted after reportedly already getting the boot from the new series, after failing to pass a surprise drug test.
It’s reported that show bosses sprung the tests on its hopefuls ahead of picking the final line-up and ‘dozens’ were cut after being found with cocaine, ketamine and cannabis in their system.
It’s reportedly the first time drug testing has taken place ahead of the show airing.
An insider told The Star on Sunday that this year’s contestants were asked to provide a urine sample for testing.
‘They weren’t warned, so it came as a surprise,’ they said. ‘That’s the only way to do it, if people are told way in advance, they can take steps to avoid getting caught.’
The source added: ‘The dozens who were caught were gutted. Some of them were really good contenders who would have probably made it into the final line up.’
Metro.co.uk have reached out to a rep for Love Island.
The excitement for the dating show’s new series is already reaching fever pitch and fans (us included) are already counting down until its return.
Ahead of the show, ITV have so far confirmed that fans will see the return of the notorious Casa Amor, despite rumours the secret villa had been axed.
In a new twist, the secondary villa will now be used to spice up love lives instead of throwing spanners in the works of potential love pairings.
‘Casa Amor is more likely to open its doors to boost romance than start wars. It’s going to help romances rather than split people up,’ a source told Daily Star.
Usually, the guys are sent to Casa Amor and paired up temporarily with a bunch of new girls to brutally test the villa’s current couples.
Caroline Flack will be back as host this year and ahead of jetting out to Mallorca for another long, hot summer, she has been busy defending the show.
Love Island came under fire and its after-care for contestants was criticised following the death of Mike Thalassitis in March.
Mike had taken his own life just a year after series two contestant Sophie Gradon committed suicide in 2018.
Love Island bosses have now boosted their after-care services as a result and Caroline says she won’t let the show become a ‘scapegoat’ – she insists Love Island is still a ‘feel-good’ show.
‘The show is a journey of love and emotions that everyone can relate to and learn from. We are a feelgood show,’ she told Metro newspaper.
‘When something becomes popular there seems to be a desire to pull it to pieces and over-analyse it. This is about young singletons having fun, getting to know each other, in an amazing villa in the Spanish sun.’
Love Island returns 3 June on ITV2.
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