Is 'Love Island' live? This is how the show is filmed

If you've wondered 'is Love Island live'—here's what you need to know

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It's time for the most hotly anticipated show of the year—but, as tune back into all the romantic action (because—of course—you're loyal), you'd be forgiven for harboring some burning questions. Like is Love Island live? Because we like to treat you right, we're sharing with you all that we know (not caught up on the action? Here's how to watch Love Island UK).

Love Island UK 2022 is bringing us a fresh cast of singletons vying for their happy ever after—with make-outs and hangouts set to be as abundant as break-ups and make-ups—in the surroundings of a stunning Mediterranean villa. We'll also see the return of gorgeous host Laura Whitmore and her assortment of stylish outfits, as well as her IRL husband Iain Stirling back to make us giggle with his voiceovers. Thank goodness the rumors that Love Island UK is canceled weren't true.  

While the Islanders always look flawless and our favorite Love Island quotes are clumsily shoe-horned into every other sentence, we know you like to experience the drama as unfiltered and authentically as possible. 

Is Love Island live or prerecorded?

In short, Love Island is not live. While it might be a reality TV show—charting the true relationship highs and lows of the couples—its drama-filled episodes are pre-recorded in advance. Before you feel mugged off, there is actually a very practical reason for this. The producers need time to go through all the footage, filmed one to two days in advance, to package all the best bits up into one-hour episodes. 

It also gives them a chance to mold the storyline for gripping viewing by deciding what is and isn't broadcast—something which has, unfortunately, irked past contestants. "I think that had [a conversation that wasn't aired] been shown, maybe the way that the public sat on the entire argument would have been different," says Sharon Gaffka to My Imperfect Life, speaking of her clash with fellow contestant Hugo Hammond and his "fake girls" comments that rocked the Love Island 2021 cast last year.

However, the Love Island: Aftersun spin-off show, which usually airs on Sunday evenings, is transmitted live from the UK studio. This means that unlike the iconic reality show Big Brother—when contestants were interviewed as soon as they were evicted—the Islanders have had a day or two to cool off after leaving the villa. What's more, it also explains why certain gems have been let slip over the years—including how, during the 2018 series, Jack Fincham was able to accidentally give away that Dr Alex George would get a kiss on his upcoming date before it had even aired.

Lauren is a freelance writer and editor with more than six years of digital and magazine experience. Most recently, she has been the Acting Commissioning Editor of Women's Health—where she co-produced the Going For Goal podcast—and has previously also written news and features for titles including The Telegraph, Grazia, Stylist, Dazed, The Sun's Fabulous, Yahoo Style UK and Get The Gloss. She covers all aspects of lifestyle, specializing in health, beauty, and travel. Can't live without: oat milk lattes, new podcast episodes, long walks, and great skincare.