Host Arielle Vandenberg ‘freaking out’ about ‘Love Island’ Season 3

Summer loving, had me a blast …

“Love Island” returns for Season 3 Wednesday (July 7) on CBS — and host Arielle Vandenberg says she’s “freaking out!” about the brand new area of contestants (or “Islanders” in show-speak).

“I don’t even know what they look like [yet]. You would think that I know everything, but it’s kind of a surprise to me, too,” Vandenberg, 34, instructed The Post.

The courting present originated within the UK in 2005 and has spawned variations all around the world, together with the US incarnation, which filmed Season 1 in Fiji and Season 2 in Las Vegas. Season 3 is ready in Hawaii. 

In the present, a bunch of 12 singles dwell in a mansion in an unique location (therefore Hawaii), the place they need to instantly associate up in {couples} (regardless of having simply met), undergo varied wacky challenges and typically change companions. The profitable couple will get a $100,000 prize. 

Arielle Vandenberg, host of "Love Island"
Arielle Vandenberg hosts “Love Island” Season 3.
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As host for the third consecutive season, actress/comic Vandenberg doesn’t keep in the home with the Islanders, however she is on location the place they’re during the shoot — visiting them to announce new challenges together with taking part in video games designed to get them to disclose secrets and techniques; combating cardboard cut-outs of villains to “save” their associate; or making an attempt to finish an impediment course whereas trying “sexy.”

“I love being the big sister of the house. I just come in and oversee everything,” she stated. “It’s a really special role. People weirdly get excited when I come in, or they get scared. Either I’m bringing good news or bad news. I have such a fun part on the show.” 

One of the upcoming occasions in Season 3 shall be associated to a steamy Netflix hit, Vandenberg stated.

“Let’s  just say if you love ‘Bridgerton’ as much as I do, you’re going to want to watch,” she stated. “Because there might be a challenge there that involves some kind of ‘Bridgerton’ theme.” 

Josh Goldstein, one of the newly announced contestants on Season 3 of "Love Island"
Josh Goldstein, one of many newly introduced Season 3 Islanders

To make issues extra sophisticated, new singles are thrown into the combo at varied factors, and the viewers will get some say into who’s booted off the present (by way of voting). Season 3 will even see the return of Casa Amor, which is a second villa to which half the solid is shipped. There, they meet a model new group of singles and should resolve in the event that they need to persist with their present associate or go for a brand new one. 

“Season 2 was our first season having Casa Amor. We will have it back this season, which is my favorite part of the show,” stated Vandenberg. (*3*)

Trina Njoroge is a contestant on "Love Island" Season 3
Trina Njoroge, one of many newly introduced Season 3 Islanders

Since “Love Island” is such a quintessentially British present, it was unclear how it could land in America. But three seasons in, Vandenberg thinks it’s been a hit. 

“Love is love, whether you’re in England or in America. People love watching the friendships that blossom on this show and the love that comes out of it.” 

Each season sees the everyday persona sorts frequent on courting exhibits: the cocky individual, the soulful one, and so forth. 

Javonny Vega is a contestant on "Love Island" Season 3.
Javonny Vega is likely one of the newly introduced Season 3 Islanders.

“I’m interested in those people that don’t have filters and just go for it,” Vandenberg stated. “If I was on this show in the first lineup, I would step forward [as a dating option] for every person that walked out. Because who cares? You’ve got to put it all out there. Those are the people whose journeys I love following. They live the experience and do what they’re supposed to do on this show, which is to have fun with it and really go for it.”

Although she hasn’t but interacted with Season 3’s crop of Islanders, she say Season 2’s Cely Vazquez is a favourite.

“I loved watching her because yes, she was coupled up with Johnny [Middlebrooks] the entire time, but it just felt like she was so open. And I love that type of journey for someone. The people that are the most open get the most out of the show, and we get the most out of them as viewers.” 

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