Summer loving, did I have a blast…
“Love Island” returns for Season 3 Wednesday (July 7) on CBS — and host Ariel Vandenberg says she’s “coming out!” About the contestants’ new territory (or “islanders” in show-speak).
“I don’t even know how they look [yet]. You would think I know everything, but it’s kind of a surprise to me too,” Vandenberg, 34, told The Post.
The dating show debuted in the UK in 2005 and has spawned versions around the world, including the US Avatar, which filmed season 1 in Fiji and season 2 in Las Vegas. Season 3 is set in Hawaii.
In the show, a group of 12 singles live in a mansion in an exotic location (hence Hawaii), where they must immediately become partners in couples (despite having just met), go through various wacky challenges and sometimes Partners will have to change. The winning couple receives a prize of $100,000.
As host for the third season in a row, the actress/comedian does not live in the house with the Vandenberg Islanders, but is at the location where they are for the duration of the shoot – designed to meet with them to announce new challenges to reveal secrets to them, including playing games; Fighting with cardboard cut-outs of villains to “save” your partner; Or trying to complete an obstacle course while looking “sexy.”
“I love being the big sister of the house. I just come in and see everything,” she said. “It’s a really special role. People get weirdly excited when I come in, or they get scared. Either I’m bringing good news or bad news. I have such a fun part in the show.”
One of the upcoming events in Season 3 will be related to the steamy Netflix hit, Vandenberg said.
“Suppose if you love ‘Bridgeton’ as much as I do, you want to see,” she said. “Because there might be a challenge that involves some sort of ‘Bridgeton’ theme.”
To complicate matters further, new singles are thrown into the mix at various points, and viewers have some say in who is booted from the show (via) vote). Season 3 will also see the return of Casa Amor, a second villa to which half the cast is housed. There, they meet a new group of singles and must decide whether they want to stay with their current partner or choose a new one.
“Season 2 was our first season with Casa Amor. We will bring it back this season, which is my favorite part of the show,” Vandenberg said. “It’s the ultimate temptation. Suddenly new girls and new boys arrive, and the guys you think were living together have split, and now they’re with a whole bunch of new guys. It shakes the pot. That’s what we need in this show.”
Since “Love Island” is such a quintessential British show, it was unclear how it would land in the US. But three seasons in, Vandenberg seems to have been a success.
“Pyaar is love, whether you are in England or America. People love to see the friendship that grows on this show and the love that comes out of it.”
Each season looks at specific personality types on the dating show: cocky people, soulmates, etc.
“I’m interested in people who don’t have filters and just go for it,” Vandenberg said. “If I had been in the first lineup on this show, I would have moved on [as a dating option] To everyone who went out. Because who cares? You have to put it all there. Those are the people whose journey I love to follow. They live that experience and do what they have to do in this show, which is to enjoy it and really go for it. “
Although she hasn’t interacted with Season 3’s crop of Islanders yet, she says Season 2’s Selye Vazquez is a favorite.
“I loved watching her because yes, she was engaged to Johnny” [Middlebrooks] the whole time, but it felt like she was so open. And I love that kind of travel for someone. The people who are the most open get the most out of the show, and we as viewers get the most out of them.”