Love Island contract ‘stops stars making TV appearances for eight months’

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Love Island 2021 cast members are reportedly "banned" from starring on other TV shows for eight months after leaving the villa, according to their contract.

According to The Sun, the contestants of this year's series will have restrictions on their newfound fame, having to ask ITV for approval before signing any brand deals.

Before entering the famous ITV2 villa, they allegedly signed the contract, which states they "must not apply, audition for, or appear on any other programme until February 22."

It is also reported that ITV has the power to stop contestants from signing brand deals until a month after the date of the final.

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The contract also reportedly states the cast "cannot contribute or appear on any podcast without approval."

A source told The Sun of the lengthy document: "Islanders will have been able to read what they are signing up for but it's one of the strictest contracts I've ever seen – they have no experience of the industry so I doubt they would have understood the implications.

"Everyone knows as soon as you leave any reality show you have to strike while the iron is hot but ITV's demands make that really hard."

Following previous series, Kem Cetinay, Wes Nelson and Maura Higgins have gone on to appear on ITV's fellow show Dancing On Ice within the year of them leaving the villa.

Jonny Mitchell and Gabby Allen both appeared on the now defunct Celebrity Big Brother, while Olivia Attwood, Eyal Booker, Georgia Steel, Jack Fowler, Megan Barton Hanson, Jack Fincham, Amy Hart, Josh Ritchie, Shaughna Phlllips, Curtis Pritchard and the late Mike Thalassitis all starring on Celebs Go Dating post-villa.

A representative for ITV told the publication: "We wouldn't comment on contracts." OK! online has contacted a representative for Love Island for further comment.

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Reports of the contract come weeks after it was reported the Islanders signed a "brutal" separate document which highlighted the "potential downsides" of life as a reality star.

The islanders in this series were reportedly warned before they entered the villa that "nobody may fancy you" and there are "no guarantees" that they will leave the villa and become famous.

ITV producers are said to hope the contract will help "safeguard" the latest Islanders as part of their extensive duty of care for the cast following the tragic deaths of Mike, Sophie Gradon and Caroline Flack.

A source told The Sun: "It was brutal to read but at least everyone knows what to except now and there's no surprises."

Meanwhile, the contract is said to have warned how their time in limelight may not last as long as hoped after leaving the villa.

According to the publication, the contract is said to have read: "If you're hoping that you will become famous by taking part in the show there are no guarantees that this will happen. It may not change your life in any way."

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