Why Love Island lie detector test was scrapped for a good reason
28th June 2022

Love Island couples are subjected to numerous tests during their time in the villa, including Casa Amor and the babies challenge.

The tasks continue to test their commitment to each other as well as their compatibility and romantic connection, but there was previously one challenge that really caused tension between the Islanders.

The lie detector was once a favourite amongst viewers of the ITV2 dating show but it was scrapped by bosses back in 2019.

The task would see each contestant hooked up to a polygraph as another contestant grilled them about their current partner, and the rest of the Islanders would watch the challenge on the TV in the lounge area.

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The machine would light up either green or red, indicating whether the contestant was telling the truth or lying, with many results causing conflict between couples over the years.

ITV bosses had received numerous complaints about the lie detector test in the past, and in 2019 they revealed that it had been axed and would not be part of that year's series.

The decision was made after the death of a guest on The Jeremy Kyle Show, Steven Dymond, which led to the daytime TV show being permanently cancelled.

Steven had appeared on the show alongside his partner after being accused of cheating. He then took part in a lie detector test as part of the programme, which he failed, and a few days later he sadly died.

The show had previously received complaints about the challenge too, and in 2018 ITV bosses came under fire after Dani Dyer watched her partner Jack Fincham fail a question about what could happen to their romance outside the villa.

Dani was left upset by the results but Jack was quick to reassure her, saying: “I’m not going to be unfaithful to you, so sitting there stewing on something that hasn’t happened yet is really a waste of time.”

The test caused a huge row between the pair, and later on Jack was shown to be telling the truth when he was asked if he loved her.

Fans branded the show manipulative after Dani and Jack's row aired, and rumours began circulating that the lie detector test could be removed from Love Island.

"The lie detector episode is everyone’s favourite but it does cause some serious arguments between couples."

Some viewers are calling for the show to be axed so it looks likely they’ll get rid of the lie detector to keep people happy," an insider told tabloids at the time.

Over recent years, rules have gotten stricter on Love Island and a more thorough aftercare package has been introduced for the islanders.

Contestants received inclusion training prior to entering the villa this year, and after their time on the hit show is over they are given training and advice on social media and money and have access to therapy sessions.

Love Island continues on ITV2 at 9pm.


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