'Love Island' 2021 receives most Ofcom complaints in show's history

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The current series of Love Island has received the most Ofcom complaints in the history of the reality show, with more than 30,000 viewers getting in touch.

The Times has reported that the UK's broadcast regulator has received at least 33,540 complaints in connection with this year's series.

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It is clear that the majority of those complaints were related to the show's 'Mad Movies' challenge and the fallout, in which contestant Faye Winter yelled at and argued with her partner Teddy Soares.

Winter reacted strongly to a clip of Soares at Casa Amor, in which he appeared to be considering a romantic connection with new arrival Clarisse Juliette.

The couple have since reconciled and made their relationship official during their "final date" this week.

Faye Winter's row with 'Love Island' partner Teddy Soares drew 25,000 complaints to Ofcom. (ITV)
Faye Winter's row with 'Love Island' partner Teddy Soares drew 25,000 complaints to Ofcom. (ITV)

The level of Ofcom complaints this year dwarfs the number attracted by previous series, with the most recent run — aired in early 2020 as the inaugural winter series — drawing just 1,125 complaints.

In 2019, the summer series received 2,837 complaints, while 4,192 complained in 2018 — mostly in relation to an incident involving Dani Dyer in which she was also shown an out-of-context clip from Casa Amor.

That episode ultimately received more than 2,000 complaints, while Dyer and partner Jack Fincham went on to win the show.

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The 2021 series of Love Island has proved controversial for several reasons, including a row over racist language used by contestant Dany Bibby on social media, which led to more than 1,500 complaints.

Bibby apologised from the villa, issuing a statement in which he said he "never meant anything malicious by this comment at all".

Danny Bibby was at the centre of a racism controversy before he even made his first appearance on 'Love Island'. (ITV)
Danny Bibby was at the centre of a racism controversy before he even made his first appearance on 'Love Island'. (ITV)

Love Island is due to come to an end on Monday, after a dramatic final week in which early favourites Liberty Poole and Jake Cornish split up and opted to voluntarily leave the villa.

The remaining four couples are: Soares and Winter, Toby Aromolaran and Chloe Burrows, Liam Reardon and Millie Court, and Tyler Cruickshank and Kaz Kamwi.

Laura Whitmore has travelled to Majorca in order to present the final episode live from the villa, in which viewers will vote for their favourite couple — and they will win the £50,000 prize.

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The show has been under considerable scrutiny around the mental health of participants this year, with producers pledging to deliver an improved programme of aftercare for those involved.

Yahoo Entertainment UK has approached ITV for comment.

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