Love Island 2019: ‘Hopefuls booted off new series after failing surprise drugs test and testing positive for cocaine and ketamine’

Several Love Island hopefuls have reportedly been axed from the latest series after failing a surprise drugs test.

Producers apparently rolled out several tests on Monday morning in a bid to catch out contestants who’d had a wild and heavy weekend.

And it appears that several contestants were caught with drugs including cocaine and ketamine in their system, according to the Star on Sunday.

The source revealed to the publication: ‘They’d started whittling down the selection to their favourites before they began testing everyone. There were loads of people who missed out because they failed. Some of them were really good contenders who would have probably made it into the final line up.’

They added: ‘Contestants had to provide a urine sample, which was then tested. They weren’t warned, so it came as a surprise. But that’s the only way to do it.

‘If people are told way in advance, they can take steps to avoid getting caught. Drugs such as cocaine only take a few days to pass through your system, whereas cannabis can last for weeks. The dozens who were caught were gutted.’

The insider also suggest that this year, show bosses were seeking out ‘clean-living contestants’ and want everyone to be ‘mentally and physically healthy’.

Last year the contestants were screened for sexually transmitted infections before entering the famous villa.

MailOnline contacted Love Island representatives for comment, with a spokesperson declining to comment.

The shock revelations come as it’s reported that the infamous lie detector tests will be axed from the upcoming series, which kicks on June 3.

The drastic move comes following the passing of a former The Jeremy Kyle Show guest, as well as the suicides of former Love Island stars Sophie Gradon, 32 and Mike Thallasitis, 26.

The lie detector tests were a dramatic part of the ITV2 programme, which saw the couples grilled about their romances, with the results being showed to the rest of the islanders as well as the viewing public.

A source revealed to The Sun: ‘A series of top-level meetings have been held over the past few weeks with regard to safety measures and duty of care procedures.

‘One of the issues raised was the lie detector. The feeling was, in the wake of the Jeremy Kyle case, bosses must be whiter than white — they cannot mess with people’s emotions.’

The insider continued to say that the tests used on the show were ‘basic’ and ‘not approved by the ‘British Polygraph Association.’

They added: ‘While nothing is set in stone and ideas change on an almost daily basis, at the moment there are no plans to bring the polygraphs back.’

The news comes after Love Island producers have revealed that they intend to show contestant’s more intimate moments during the upcoming series of the hit ITV2 show.

However the show’s bosses suggested that they will only air sex scenes between couples when it furthers narrative of their romantic story.

During last year’s series it was reported that producers wanted to pull back on showing steamy trysts between the singletons in a bid to focus more on the romance.

According to The Daily Star, ITV chiefs don’t want to follow in the footsteps of MTV’s Geordie Shore, which is renown for explicit scenes, and want the show to be about entertainment and not sexual encounters.

It seems that they are sticking to last year’s format, as a spokesperson for ITV told the publication: ‘We only tend to show moments of intimacy when we feel it is important to the couple’s story and advances the narrative of the show.’

This comes after ITV revealed some key changes to their duty of care processes including enhanced psychological support and social and financial training following reality star deaths.

The channel was accused of hypocrisy after Jeremy Kyle was axed following the suicide of one of its guests.

But Love Island will continue to be filmed, despite former contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis sadly taking their own lives.

ITV have said that they have evolved their duty of care processes to protect contestants going forward ahead of the show’s launch.

In a statement, they wrote: ‘The production team have continued to evolve their processes with each series, as the show’s popularity has risen and the social and media attention on Islanders has increased.

‘The key changes this year are – enhanced psychological support, more detailed conversations with potential Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show, bespoke training for all Islanders on social media and financial management and a proactive aftercare package which extends our support to all Islanders following their participation.’

Creative Director ITV Studios Entertainment Richard Cowles said: ‘We’re very excited that Love Island is back for another series. It is the nation’s favourite dating show and we have a fabulous new cast of young singles all looking for love and ready for a summer of romance in the iconic Love Island villa.

‘The format of the new series will be familiar to Love Island viewers and we can’t wait to see how the new Islanders take to life in the villa and how relationships blossom.

‘We hope that viewers will be hooked as they watch these young singles fall in love – hopefully it will be a summer to remember for both the Islanders and our viewers.’

Cowles acknowledged that the show has become so big, it’s only natural that the channel’s responsibilities should evolve.

He continued: ‘Due to the success of the show our Islanders can find themselves in the public eye following their appearance.

‘We really want to make sure they have given real consideration to this and what appearing on TV entails. Discussing all of this with us forms a big part of the casting process and, ultimately, their decision to take part.

‘Also, as we are outlining today our welfare processes follow three key stages: pre-filming, filming and aftercare and we are increasing our post filming support to help Islanders following their time in villa.’

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