Love Island 2019: Viewers think they’ve guessed new catchphrases

Love Island 2019: Viewers think they’ve guessed new catchphrases and are left ‘cringing’ as Lucie attempts to bring ‘bev’ into the villa

Every year, it seems the Love Island contestants show up to find love and teach the nation a whole new set of phrases.  

But as the new contestants got to know one another and made their first impressions on tonight’s episode, viewers think they have spotted this series’ new catchphrases already.

Eagle-eyed fans have noticed the Islanders appear to have taken a liking already to ‘it is what is is’, first used by Sherif when none of the five ladies stepped forward for him.

Spotted: Eagle-eyed fans have noticed the Islanders appear to have taken a liking already to ‘it is what is is’

And viewers of the show have been cringing on their sofas at Lucie Donlan’s attempt to bring new slang words into the villa, with her word ‘bev’ for hot.

Fans of the show took to Twitter as they noticed the new catchphrase, with one saying: ‘Primark making the calls to get “it what it is” on all their t-shirts right now. #loveisland’.

Another wrote: ‘2017: My type on paper, 2018: I’m loyal babes, 2019: It is what it is #loveisland’

One wrote: ‘Sheriff loves a “Is what it is”’.

Catchphrase: Viewers of the show have been cringing on their sofas at Lucie Donlan’s attempt to bring new slang words into the villa, with her word ‘bev’ for hot

Another quipped: ‘“It is what it is” is the new “I’m loyal babe” #LoveIsland’.

One said: ‘Every guy who gets rejected: “it is what it is innit”‘.

Meanwhile, viewers couldn’t help but notice Lucie’s attempt to force the word ‘bev’, with some quipping that the only meaning it has is an alcoholic drink. 

One Twitter user wrote: ‘Lucie forcing it with the word “bev”. Bruv last time I checked bev means a drink’. 

Cringe: Viewers of the show have been cringing on their sofas at Lucie Donlan’s attempt to bring new slang words into the villa, with her word ‘bev’ for hot

Another said: ‘You’re never going to make bev happen Lucie. #Loveisland2019’

One wrote: ‘someone please tell Lucie that bev means drink’. 

The show has become famous for using well known catchphrases, including ‘my type on paper’ and ‘eggs in basket’. 

Last series saw Georgie Steel coin the catchphrase that she is ‘loyal, babe’. 

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.

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.’ 

Fans of the show took to Twitter as they noticed the new catchphrase, with one saying: ‘Primark making the calls to get “it what it is” on all their t-shirts right now. #loveisland’

‘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.’


Strictly speaking: Curtis is AJ Pritchard’s kid brother

Name: Curtis Pritchard

Age: 23

Occupation: Latin and Ballroom Pro

Location: Shropshire

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

Age: 28

Occupation: Pharmacist

Location: London

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

Age: 23

Occupation: Scientist

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

Age: 20

Occupation: Boxer

Location: Manchester

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

Age: 27

Occupation: Firefighter

Location: Liverpool

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

Age: 28

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

Age: 21

Occupation: Beauty Therapist

Location: Newcastle

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

Age: 26

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

Age: 20

Occupation: Chef and Semi-pro Rugby Player

Location: London

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

Age: 24

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

Age: 22

Occupation: Catering Company Owner

Location: London

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

Age: 21

Occupation: Surfer

Location: Newquay

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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