What happened to Love Islands lie detector test episode and why ITV scrapped it

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Love Island wouldn’t be Love Island without a few challenges thrown in that test the couples commitment to each other; Casa Amor, the babies challenge…

But one challenge which has always been the viewers' favourite during the show’s reign is the lie detector test, where contestants get hooked up to a polygraph while their partner asks them questions.

It was always a very tense time on the show and ITV bosses eventually decided to scrap the test in 2019 (so it won’t be making an appearance during this series).

But why exactly?


The decision was made by ITV bosses after the death of a guest on The Jeremy Kyle, 62-year-old Steven Dymond, which led to the daytime TV show being permanently cancelled.

Steven had appeared on the show alongside his partner after being accused of cheating. He then took part in a lie detector test as part of the programme, which he failed, and a few days later he sadly died.

ITV bosses even came under fire for manipulation in 2018 after Dani Dyer was shown footage of Jack Fincham failing a question about whether he would stray outside the villa.

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Speaking to the Sun about the challenge, a source said: "The lie detector episode is everyone’s favourite but it does cause some serious arguments between couples.

"Love Island is already under scrutiny following the tragic deaths of two past contestants so producers will be keen to avoid any further issues.

"Some viewers are calling for the show to be axed so it looks likely they’ll get rid of the lie detector to keep people happy."


As well as scrapping the lie detector test to ensure the islanders’ wellbeing is put first, stricter rules have been enforced for this years' series, as well as a more thorough aftercare package.

This year no nudity, masturbation, getting drunk or having sex under the influence of alcohol is allowed, or islanders run the risk of being axed from the show.

More care has also been put in place for once islanders leave, including a minimum of eight therapy sessions for each islanders once they return home, as well as training and advice given on social media and money.

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