Olly Alexander says it’s time for Love Island to make space for LGBT+ singles and thruples
The nation is addicted to Love Island.
This year’s reiteration is pulling in millions of viewers – but there’s one key component that Olly Alexander thinks is truly missing, and we’re inclined to agree.
Yep, the Years & Years star wants to know one key detail: where the bloomin’ heck are the queer people in dating programmes?
“Dating shows should exist for people who aren’t straight,” he told the Daily Star.
“They’re out there, there aren’t enough of them. Whether you try and squeeze a format that already works into something else. I don’t know,” he added.
The star also said that dating shows should consider throwing polyamorous dating hopefuls into the mix.
Alexander has previously said that being part of a thruple would be an ideal set-up for him.
“But I think the more we try and represent different kinds of relationships like polyamory, like being in a thruple.
“I myself want to be in a thruple. I want to see what that feels like.”
There’s been a back and forth over LGBT+ contestants on Love Island since the series began.
Although the endless rumours have made us hopeful for some gay, bi and lesbian additions, producers have denied all possibility – until now.
A recent BAFTA victory ignited the possibility for not one, but two series of Love Island each year – with one featuring queer contestants.
“We’ve had bisexual people in the show before,” producer Richard Cowles told BANG Showbiz.
“It’s a dating show and what makes that quite difficult is you need everyone to fancy everyone, so it’s quite hard to get people who are gay and heterosexual in the same place, because simply enough, they don’t fancy each other.
“I think we’d have to have a dedicated show for that. We’re open to everything. We’d always try to include everyone. Absolutely, we’d consider two series a year.”
In 2016, a brief love triangle saw two women, Katie Salmon and Sophie Gradon, couple up together for the first time, However, the romance was short-lived and Gradon eventually left Salmon for male contestant Tom Powell.
The very popular 2017 season only had straight pairings. Sadly, most of them didn’t survive very long.