LOVE Island are filming a secret show with contestants that will never be shown on screen.
A handful of wannabes, including models and influencers, have been at the luxurious South African villa ahead of the main series of Love Island beginning this weekend.
Insiders revealed how Love Island bosses use the secret show, called a dry run, to check everything runs seamlessly when it comes to the real series.
A source said: “When this year’s batch of hopefuls go into the villa they won’t be the wannabes to have graced it.
“A group including models and social media influencers have been in filming as part of the Love Island’s dry run.
“This happens so production can ensure everything is in place for the main series.
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“Everything from camera angles to tasks are tested out by the wannabes to make sure that everything is seamless for the contestants when they go in.”
The experience could lead to fame, with Love Island winner Jessica Hayes picked from the dry run line up to take part in the main show.
Speaking about the experience, Jess, who came out on top in the first ever series of the hit show, explained: “It’s exactly the same as the main show.
"We’re recorded 24/7 because the behind-the-scenes people need to practise the filming and editing."
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"We all knew it wouldn’t air on TV, so we let our inhibitions down very quickly.
"There were romantic connections and plenty of kissing and cuddling in bed, with people swapping partners at the recoupling ceremonies.
"I don’t think anybody went to the next level but then we were only there for five days.
"I grew close to one guy, but we had a big argument so I wasn’t sad to leave him behind for the main show."
She was later picked to take part in the main show, adding: “I’d only packed for one week, but ended up staying out in Spain for eight.
“I wasn’t allowed to tell the other islanders that I’d done the dry run either, so they were confused about why I was always asking to borrow their clothes. I got quite upset about it.”
The same happened to Tyne-Lexy Clarson, who appeared on Love Island in 2017.
Speaking to OK! Magazine, she said: “During the dry run we slept in the villa for three nights and all got to know each other.
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“When I went onto the actual show I was already familiar with the entire layout of the place.
“Because I’d been able to practise, I won all the games on the real show.”
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