‘Unsuccessful’ ex Love Island stars could be ‘triggered’ by new series, warns expert

Love Island 2019 is officially just around the corner with the cast for the newest series being announced only yesterday. [new line]

Daily Star Online spoke to a duty of care psychologist about her thoughts on the next series. 

This will be the fifth series since its debut in 2015 as one of ITV’s most popular reality TV shows to date. 

However, ITV’s Love Island has faced backlash in recent months after two contestants died after appearing on the show.

Sophie Gradon was found dead by suicide a year after appearing on the second series of the show, while it’s thought Mike Thalassitis [remove comma] also took his own life two years after leaving the villa.

As well as this, The Jeremy Kyle show was permanently pulled from air following the death of Steve Dymond just weeks after filming for the chat show.

Daily Star Online exclusively spoke to Jo Hemmings, a behavioural, media and celebrity psychologist working as an Assessment and Duty Of Care psychologist for a number of reality TV series and documentaries for all the leading channels, including the likes of Celebrity Big Brother, ITV and the BBC. 

Jo explained what she looks for in a hopeful reality star during pre-show assessments: “It is all about resilient and being robust and emotionally intelligent. It’s not about taking away the characters from the show at all.”

She added: ”You want a bit of conflict, a bit of jeopardy and a diverse set of personalities, but it’s kind of emotional stress that’s what I’m testing, and how they might cope during and after the show which is critical.”

ITV have recently released a plan for a 14-month aftercare system for contestants who appear on the show, after the recent deaths.

Jo also warned that new series may be “trigger mechanisms” for former Love Island participants, explaining: “The next series starting will be a trigger for other people to see.

“If they haven’t succeeded the way they wanted to succeed then seeing the new series advertised while it’s about to be launched, that’s a critical time.”

She continued saying that the “randomness” of ITV’s 14-month plan may not be the best option to help the contestants, saying: “I think they need to be more formal. [new line]

“ITV has a random 14-month aftercare package. I think it should be much more formal than that because honestly, if you’re feeling low or anxious and worried then you don’t suddenly think, ‘Oh yeah ill give the psych a ring.’

“Probably on a place like Love Island, it should be a monthly chat, then three months and then every couple of months and maybe every few months after 2 years – it should be built into their contracts, a thing they should do rather than if they need it.”

Love Island begins on Monday, 3rd June on ITV.

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