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The Love Island stars are still "unsettled" due to the twist presented in the first episode, according to Psychotherapist and broadcaster, Lucy Beresford.
The nation's favourite dating show returned on June 6, but it didn't follow the same format as previous seasons and instead, presented a major show shake-up.
Typically, the islanders step forward for the person they want to couple up with, however, this year, the power was taken out of their hands and given firmly to the public.
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Over two weeks later, 57-year-old Lucy, who is also a relationship expert, believes the controversial twist is still hanging over the islanders and has left the series "fragmented."
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In an exclusive chat with Daily Star, Lucy said about the current season: "It's quite fragmented, more so than previous years and I wonder whether that's because of that twist at the very beginning with the public voting for who coupled up."
"That hasn't happened before and it's almost like it really threw them," she added.
The award-winning psychotherapist believes contestants going on the show know what to expect and therefore the twist "really threw them" and has left them "unsettled" about who they should be in a couple with.
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"I think quite a lot of people go into love Island having watched all the previous shows and therefore even though they pretend not to know about Casa Amor and other various activities, on the whole, they know what to expect," Lucy explained.
She continued: "I think that twist really threw them and I think they feel very unsettled."
"It's like 'am I meant to be sticking with this person because the public see us as good together and is that ultimately the aim is to make sure that the public believes in our story'," the expert stated.
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Despite their best efforts to change the beginning of the show up this year, the plot twist wasn't met kindly with viewers who slammed the new format on social media.
One fumed: "Who decided the make the public choose the couples??? Ughh..the dramatic 1st coupling is ruined."
"It was very underwhelming the public choosing. They should have let them pick. Then the public chooses tonight! And let the drama ensue!" another penned.
Someone else agreed: "They shouldn't do this public vote thing again."
While a fourth stated: "You let the public choose the couples and now we are watching paint dry."
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