‘Big Brother’ bosses have been accused of copying ‘Love Island’ with the latest twist they have planned for the housemates.
On Monday’s (19 June) edition of ‘This Morning’, ‘Bit On The Side’ presenter Rylan Clark-Neal announced that three female guests would be entering the house as part of a dating task, with the housemates then selecting two of them to become permanent residents.
“Make of it what you will. Connect the dots – it’s Channel 5,” Rylan said, hinting perhaps it could like to the network’s recent reboot of ‘Blind Date’.
However, some fans noted how similar it sounded to the premise of ‘Love Island’, which is entirely based around dating and new arrivals being dropped in the villa to entice existing residents.
Many shared their theories on Twitter:
So bb is trying to be love island with those 3 girls go on a date thing. Could’ve at least put in a guy but w/e #BBUK
— Is my name Moses? (@Trixylove19) June 19, 2017
3 girls enter, go on a date, one doesn’t get chosen and is dumped. There is no way to down play this however hard you try. #BBUK #LoveIsland
— Super TV 24/7 (@superTV247) June 19, 2017
A dating task you say, Big Brother? This cannot be C5’s way of trying to steal ITV2 viewers? Not quite a Villa, mind. #BBUK
— Nick Barnes (@imnickbarnes) June 19, 2017
Stop trying to be love island it’s embarrassing and it’s not why people aren’t watching. Wake up #bbuk
— LewisJ815 (@LJay815) June 19, 2017
A dating task? So literally exactly like Love Island and what Geordie Shore did?
— MatthewPenny. (@MrMattPenny) June 19, 2017
@bbspy three new female guests going in tomorrow on a date…it’s not love island! Then housemates get to keep two as housemates! #BBUK
— Laura Newton (@LauraNewton) June 19, 2017
‘Big Brother’ producers have been forced to draft in new housemates after Kayleigh Morris was removed from the house over the weekend, and Arthur Fulford and Sukhvinder Javeed both walked last week.
Their latest twist comes as the latest episode of ‘Love Island’ scored almost double the amount of viewers as the shows went head to head on Sunday night.
‘Big Brother’ drew just 0.89 million viewers at 9pm on Channel 5, in comparison to Love Island’s 1.51 million, when it aired at the same time on ITV2.
It was the sixth consecutive day in a row that figures for ‘BB’ have fallen below a million, while ‘Love Island’ continues to hit ratings highs for its third series.
‘Big Brother’ continues tonight at 10pm on Channel 5, with ‘Love Island’ airing an hour earlier on ITV2.
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