Love Island winter series could be axed as viewers vote show is too scripted

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Love Island’s summer series is coming to an end and ITV2 reality viewers could be left waiting a whole year for the show to return after calls to axe the winter series.

In a recent Betfair survey viewers claimed they were left unimpressed with this year’s winter edition of reality series and voted for the South African version to be scrapped.

55 per cent of votes called for the series to be scrapped completely, with just three per cent strongly disagreeing.

Kai Fagan and Sanam Harrinanan were crowned the winners of the series back in March, following on from Paige Turley and Finley Tapp in 2016.

Islanders joining the show for fame was the top reason as to why viewers were boycotting the show, receiving 38.5 per cent of the vote. 

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Losing interest came in at 36 per cent, with others questioning whether the series had become too scripted at 28.3 per cent.

Bad casting had 20 per cent, two series of Love Island a year were voted by 18 per cent who took part and five per cent voted they weren’t fond of Maya Jama.

When asked who their favourite past contestants were, newly engaged Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury came out on top.

Dani Dyer, Maura Higgins and Olivia Attwood followed closely behind, with Ovie Soki and Chris Hughe being the only other male favourites.

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The statistics come after Maya was reportedly told to “quit whilst she can” as viewing figures for the romance series dipped.

The first episode attracted an average of 1.3 million people tuning in and eventually attracted three million overnight.

This marked a significant difference from last year’s summer launch figures, which saw the first episode pull in 2.4 million.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Star, Will Hobson PR, Director at Rise at Seven explained: “Viewers have seen enough and become bored of the format.”

He also added that Maya should take a leaf out of Laura’s book and “quit before the show is doomed”.

“Maya is a fan favourite but the show is dipping in popularity, I’d follow in the footsteps of Laura Whitmore and quit whilst you’re ahead before the show is doomed,” he added.

Maya hit back at the claim that no one is watching the show, and revealed the 200 million streams it had received on ITVX.

Taking to her Twitter, Maya penned: “The papers were so quick to say viewers are low but the honeys are watching online on @ITVX. This season is ELITE thank you very much.”(sic) has gone to ITV and Maya’s representatives for comment.

Love Island airs weeknights and Sunday from 9pm on ITV2.

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