Love Island 2019: ‘Cringing’ viewers left reeling after NO ONE steps forward for Sherif in ‘awkward’ scenes and claim it’s due to his Hawaiian shirt
The latest season of Love Island has kicked off and the contestants have entered the villa.
But viewers were left feeling awkward on tonight’s episode after no one stepped forward for Sherif Lanre, claiming they didn’t like his bold yellow Hawaiian shirt.
As confident Sherif, 20, waited for one of the five of the single girls to choose him, he was left feeling dismayed when no one took a step.
Viewers were left feeling awkward after no one stepped forward for Sherif Lanre, claiming his they didn’t like his yellow Hawaiian shirt
When Caroline asked the girls why, Amy said ‘It’s the shirt’, while Amber agreed: ‘yeah, it’s definitely the shirt’.
Viewers at home were left feeling incredibly awkward over the situation, with one saying: ‘Is this the most awkward scenario ever? Poor Sherif #loveisland’
Another wrote: Another said: ‘this sherif fella is CRINGEEE yikes, I feel awkward from my seat #LoveIsland’.
One said: Awkward couple up tonight! Amber couldn’t get away from Sherif fast enough #loveisland’
Shock: When Caroline asked the girls why, Amy said ‘It’s the shirt’, while Amber agree ‘yeah it’s definitely the shirt’.
Some viewers even compared it to last year’s first episode, when Dr Alex George was left out in the cold when no one stepped forward.
One wrote: ‘Amber and sherif are this years alex and samira, how awkward #LoveIsland’
Sherif was eventually paired with Anna as the contestants made their decisions in the first coupling up of the show.
Shock: When Caroline asked the girls why, Amy said ‘It’s the shirt’, while Amber agreed: ‘yeah it’s definitely the shirt’
Whilst it may be most-watched show of all time on ITV2, Love Island has not been without controversy.
After the series five contestants were announced, the show came under fire from a host of fans, former Islanders like Malin Andersson and reality stars Lucy Mecklenburgh for the lack of diversity on the show.
However, creative director and executive producer Richard Cowles defended claims that this year’s cast was lacking body diversity by suggesting that producers were only giving audiences what they wanted to watch.
Cowles said the show is as ‘representative as possible’ but that they have to ensure contestants fancy each other – meaning an all slim and toned line up yet again this year.
One said: Awkward couple up tonight! Amber couldn’t get away from Sherif fast enough #loveisland’
Speaking to the Radio Times he said: ‘First and foremost, it’s an entertainment show and it’s about people wanting to watch who you’ve got on screen falling in love with one another.’
‘Yes, we want to be as representative as possible but we also want them to be attracted to one another. Also, we’re not saying that everyone that’s in there is how you’re supposed to look.
‘We’re saying here’s a group of people that we want to watch for eight weeks, and we want to watch them fall in love.’
The series also came under scrutiny following the death of Mike Thalassitis – who was found dead near his Edmonton home aged 26 in March. Mike is the second former contestant to have committed suicide, after Sophie Gradon, who took part in the 2016 series of the show, was found dead at her parents’ home in June 2018 aged 32 -the inquest into her death found she had hanged herself.
Host Caroline recently spoke out about the show’s aftercare process, saying it has become ‘greater’ after the death of Mike.
She said: ‘I think as the show gets bigger, it has to evolve. So, yes, the duty of care has become greater. But this is a wider issue. We should all be looking out for each other more.
‘I don’t think you can just turn around and cast blame. It’s dangerous to do that, especially when other people are involved.
A source revealed to The Sun: ‘They’ve put in measures to ensure all contestants have enough mental health checks and have a psychologist on call 24 hours a day.
‘They’re taking their duty of care very seriously which is why they’ve written the support for families into the contract for the first time.
‘Love Island is a fun show. They want to keep it positive.’
MailOnline contacted a representative for Love Island, who said: ‘We have always ensured that the families of Islanders have the contact details of key members of our production team and there is always an open line of communication. We have always offered support to families where appropriate and when requested.’
LOVE ISLAND 2019: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Strictly speaking: Curtis is AJ Pritchard’s kid brother
Name: Curtis Pritchard
Occupation: Latin and Ballroom Pro
Claim To Fame: Curtis is a pro dancer on Dancing With The Stars in Ireland, and is the younger brother of Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard
Thoughts On Dating: ‘I’ve probably been on less than ten dates, maybe five. I’ve never used a dating app. All of this meeting people on social media and apps is fake,’ he says
Ever Cheated? ‘I have cheated before. I will always be loyal from now on’
Exotic: Anna boasts a Middle-Eastern heritage
Name: Anna Vakili
Claim To Fame: ‘I ended up on the Iranian News earlier this year when my sister and I were away in Qatar with two Iranian footballers who have a huge following. Suddenly my followers went up by 20,000 and I started being tagged in fan pages!’ she recalls
Marks Out Of 10? ‘I would rate myself an eight. My best feature is my eyes, I get compliments on my eyes a lot. I wish I had a penny for every time I’ve had a compliment on my eyes’
She blinded me with science: Yewande has been unlucky in love
Name: Yewande Biala
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Thoughts On Love: Yewande says: ‘I don’t think there is a science to finding love and if there is then I have clearly been reading the wrong books’
Celebrity Crush: Anthony Joshua
In It To Win It? ‘I am a terrible flirt but I’m such a girly girl and I can’t imagine stealing someone’s man in there. I don’t think I’d be that type but never say never,’ she says
Too fast, too fury-ous: Tommy’s a boxer… like his brother
Name: Tommy Fury
Looking For? ‘Blonde hair, blue eyes, good tan, gym girl… Ariana Grande. That girl is fire!’
Claim To Fame: ‘It’s probably my brother, Tyson, but I’m my own man and I’ve said it throughout my whole boxing career. I don’t want to be labelled as his little brother, I’m my own man and I’m doing the best that I can do in life and that’s all I’m setting out to achieve,’ Tommy says
Hot stuff: Fireman Michael wants to be ‘someone’s personal hero’
Name: Michael Griffiths
Marks Out Of Ten? ‘I get complimented on my smile a lot. People seem to be obsessed with my lips. I’d rate myself ten out of ten, I would have said nine but I’m a hero so it bumps it up,’ is Michael’s modest answer
Ever Cheated? ‘Once. It was a revenge cheat’
Up and away: Welsh Callum works in aviation
Name: Callum Macleod
Occupation: Aircraft Engineer
Location: South Wales
Disastrous Dating Story: ‘I went to the cinema with a girl and she sat on a piece of chocolate that melted onto her leather trousers,’ Callum recalls. ‘She shot off to the toilet to clean them and didn’t come back for ages. I watched the majority of the film on my own. I later found her fretting in the toilets because she couldn’t get her trousers back on’
Cocky? Amber rates herself 10/10
Name: Amber Gill
Occupation: Beauty Therapist
Disastrous Dating Story: ‘I was speaking to this guy and he lived in Manchester and I got the train down to see him,’ Amber recounts. ‘I was nervous because he was really good looking and a bit older than me. I had five Cosmopolitans in a can and I drank them on the train. When the train got to Manchester I got up and I was drunk! He was waiting for me at the train station and when I got off I fell through the gap between the train and platform. What an icebreaker though!’
Got talent? Amy has a crush on David Walliams and Simon Cowell
Name: Amy Hart
Occupation: Cabin Crew
Location: Worthing, Sussex
Celebrity Crushes: Liam Hemsworth, Ashley Banjo, David Walliams and Simon Cowell. ‘You’d never go there obviously but there is something about them,’ Amy says
Claim To Fame: Amy once met Liam Payne and had a photo with him. When she posted it online she was bombarded with hate mail from One Directioners, who thought she was his new squeeze
Food of love: Sherif is a dab-hand in the kitchen
Name: Sherif Lanre
Occupation: Chef and Semi-pro Rugby Player
Worst traits: ‘Number one would be that I’m pretty outrageous, that can also translate to the bad side,’ Sherif says. ‘On top of that, I laugh at everything which sometimes gets me into trouble. I can’t really take anything seriously. My actual laugh, my hysterical laugh is pretty ugly’
Fitness first: Anton wants a girl who likes working out
Name: Anton Danyluk
Occupation: Gym Owner
Location: Airdrie, Scotland
Worst Date: ‘I bought myself a Porsche when I was 21, as you do! I picked a girl up in that and she started taking pictures when she was in the car and sending it to her friends. It shouldn’t matter what I was driving whether that be a Corsa or a Porsche so I finished the date right there’
Clumsy: Jack says he’s a total klutz
Name: Joe Garratt
Occupation: Catering Company Owner
Marks Out Of 10? ‘Today, I reckon about an 8.5! In the mornings I’m probably like a low 8. I consistently stay around the 8s to 9s in my opinion. Maybe some days I go past the 9, when it’s a really good day…. a suit day. My best feature is my chat. I’m cheeky and a bit of a charmer. Looks wise, I’d say my best features are my teeth or curly hair’
Name: Lucie Donlan
Famous exes? ‘The last guy I was with was Charlie [Frederick] from last year’s Love Island. We got together a few weeks after he came out of the villa. I’ve spoken to Joey Essex on and off because I love his personality, it’s so funny. Lookswise I like Jay Alvarrez. He surfs, skydives and he’s got amazing hair. I would marry him!’
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