Love Island gets same-sex couple

"I did not see this coming," says host Sophie Monk as Phoebe and Cassie pair up.

Love Island just got its first same-sex couple after Phoebe and Cassie paired up on the Nine show last night.

The format requires its participants to “couple up” or be eliminated.

Asked to choose her next partner, Phoebe said, “I wanted to couple up with this person because as soon as I walked in to the villa I noticed them straight away.

“They’ve pretty much been the only person in the villa that I’ve had a sexual attraction to. It took me by surprise, but every time I talk to this person I just feel like we have so much in common. And nothing is ever awkward.

“So the person I would like to couple up with… Cassie.”

Other cast members smiled and applauded, appearing unsurprised by her decision. But not everybody was expecting it.

“I did not see this coming,” said host Sophie Monk. “How awesome is this?”

It’s not the first time conventional dating shows have detoured, with The Bachelor franchise also seeing same-sex partners pair up.

Other couples are now: Maurice and Cynthia; Vanessa and Matthew; Cartier and Adam; Jessie and Eoghan; Gerard and Anna.

But the coupling left too many guys in the show and one had to be dumped from the island.

DJ Sam was eliminated.

21 Responses

  1. Well how fickle was that! All it took was a bit of interest from another guy or 2 and Cassie was sold. Let’s be honest it played out as expected, they didn’t seem too invested. Phoebe probably should’ve picked Sam on a friendship basis.

    1. I want to write something sarcastic and witty. But in truth you are right, the switch to turn it off and on isn’t there, but I have developed an understanding that for some people their sexuality is more fluid and the attraction is more person based rather than gender. The important thing is that the increasing awareness people have for diversity and its increasing visibility on television is positive for those already out or struggling with sexuality.

    2. Gaz, I thought you’d be more across this. It may be because you haven’t watched it, but they both admit they are attracted to people regardless of which sex they are. They haven’t “turned on or off” any switch, they are just attracted to each other. And they haven’t acted upon anything, they just want to see where it leads.

      1. Thanks for that, it does explain the perspective for me.

        The mother of one of my gay make friends is convinced he will go straight one day, and frequently points to examples such as the one depicted on Love Island as to why she believes this. Then again, she once thought gays and lesbians had sex with each other ?

        1. Happy to help. My mum thought I was going through a phase. Still going, but she accepts and understands. But for some people they may experiment and reject their sexuality. Because it isn’t black and white or a concrete concept it can be a challenge for those that just find the opposite sex attractive and have never needed to question it or think about ramifications.

      1. More storytelling potential and less of an idea for audiences, who are familiar with the genre, of where the storytelling will go.

        Whereas a gay Batchelor type show would struggle against the contestants bonding and developing feelings for one another instead of the bachelor, a format like love island could really leverage the possibility that anyone could couple up with anyone at any time. So yea I’m a bit baffled that they don’t exclusively cast bi/pan/fluid/queer people who identify that gender doesn’t play into their attraction – especially since the demos they are targeting for the show are known to be positive of same-sex relationships. Would also allow for the inclusion of non-binary contestants and showcase queer friendship ~ something rarely shown in Australian media.

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