Love Island bosses axe shows iconic challenge after series of complaints

Love Island is set to return to our screens on 16 January for its winter version, but there's one iconic show challenge that will not be coming back for this series.

Bosses of the hit ITV show have axed the food challenge, which saw Islanders pass food and drinks between each other's mouths, after its received a series of complaints over the years.

Concerns from fans of the show about the challenge ranged from them being "grossed out" to unnecessary food wastage.

A source told The Sun: “There are going to be lots of activity based challenges this series to make up for the lack of food ones.

“Bosses decided it was time to move on food wastage as they try and be as environmentally friendly as possible”.

Complaints about the task included one Twitter user writing: “Imagine if a couple of Love Island challenges every season didn’t revolve around horrendous food waste <3.”

While another added: “The food waste also? They couldn’t just use paint #loveisland.”

The show's executive producer, Mike Spencer, confirmed in May that Love Island would be "moving away" from the food challenges after many of the show’s fans complained that it was "gross".


Whilst Mike answered questions during a Q&A on Reddit, one fan said: "Why the spitting food challenges. I beg youse to stop, such a waste of food! I really think doing challenges with incentives or couple building activities would be so much better.”

Mike replied, writing: "We are moving away from the food challenges as previously seen so hopefully that sorts that one.”

Winter Love Island will see a new batch of sexy singletons entering a sprawling mansion in South Africa surrounded by sprawling vineyards in the Franschhoek wine valley. It's said to be worth around £1.2million.

ITV recently revealed an intimate look inside the expansive villa that is set to be the backdrop of new love, fun challenges and some heated arguments along the way.

Includes interiors with the bright pops of Love Island's signature purples and pinks, a communal bedroom, a pool, state-of-the-art gym, plenty of decking space and, of course, the famous fire pit where most of the drama goes down.

As well as a batch of fresh new contestants Winter Love Island is also welcoming a brand new host, in the form of Maya Jama, who is making her debut.

She is taking the reins over from previous host Laura Whitmore, who quit the show after last year's summer series.

Speaking about her new role, Maya said: “I’ve always been such a massive Love Island fan and I’m so excited to be hosting one of the nation’s favourite shows! I can’t wait to get into the Villa to meet all of the Islanders.”

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