Preparations are well underway in the Villa de Los Cabos, which will host The island of love, the new issue of dating VAT, effective September 12. As soon as they enter the house, the five girls and the five guys will have to form a couple on the basis of a first impression.
Adapted from a British format, the operation of the show remains identical to its original version. “They’re going to have to learn to live together and see if they’re comfortable with their first choice or not,” said Mathew Mckinnon, content producer, who is already in Mexico. At different times, however, islanders will have the option of changing partners or staying together. The peculiarity of this format is that there are always new candidates arriving in the Villa. Viewers will always be on the end of their chairs because you never know when or who can disembark. ”
There is also no ritual; the ceremonies of the flame, during which they can change partners, can happen at any time, and beware of those who fall single: their place in the Villa risks being compromised.
“The goal is to find love,” said Nancy Charest, executive producer. Couples can form with any candidate, we will follow the stories. ” Could a love affair possibly develop between two girls or two boys? “It could also happen, warns the producer to the content. It’s a very open-minded generation and we’ll follow them in there if that happens. ”
Through the app island of love, viewers will be able to influence the course of the program in some way. “On the app, people will have access to original content, behind the scenes, photos, games … But above all, they will have the opportunity to vote. At different times, the audience is going to be called upon to comment on their favorite couple, their favorite islander, or to answer more direct questions, such as which girl should go to. date with what boy, for example. It’s going to have a direct impact on the content of the show. ”
The winning couple will also be chosen by the public at the end from among the couples remaining in the Villa.
Unlike the other international versions, the Quebec adaptation wants to get the islanders out of the Villa more. “They will live together, they sleep in the same dormitory, wake up and have lunch together. They are going to have moments by the pool, games … But we also want to make viewers travel by taking them to visit the surroundings of Los Cabos, which is a magnificent place that Quebeckers know less about. ”
Even abroad, the production has decided to follow the CNESST rules concerning health measures on filming, going even further.
“Everyone is double vaccinated, it was a condition to be part of the team, both in terms of candidates and production teams, argued Nancy Charest. At the hotel there are also very strict rules. Applicants are quarantined upon arrival in Mexico. But the heat helps us a bit, because we’re almost always outside, which will make things easier. ”
The production even thought about the mental health of the candidates. “The psychologist Marie-Claude Larivière has been following us since the start of the casting. She had a lot of discussions with the candidates. It was important for us that they were really aware of what they were getting into. All of the participants have seen seasons of the show, they are very familiar with how it works. Marie-Claude is also with us in Mexico and she will be available for those who wish. ”
Islanders will enter the Villa de The island of love Sunday, September 12, at 9 p.m., at TVA.