Iain Stirling, the voiceover star of Love Island, surprised fans with a behind-the-scenes secret. Despite the show being filmed in Mallorca, the comedian revealed that he records his commentary from the spare room of his London home.
In a TikTok video captioned: “A Day in the life of the Love Island Voice Over guy”, Iain, 35, showed his daily routine, including a trip into town for a morning gym session before a spot of brunch at 11am with his wife and ex-host Laura Whitmore.
He then heads to the studio, a.k.a his spare room, which is fully equipped with a large double-monitor computer, recording equipment and software. He then introduces his colleague Mark on Zoom, who he writes the show alongside. He then shares a sneak behind-the-scenes of his iconic intro: “Tonight on Love Island.”
Fans of the show were quick to comment on the home set-up, with one writing: “Always thought you’d be working in some ITV studio so this now feels so strange.”
Another added: “I just love that your neighbours will hear “tonight” through the walls.”
A third commented: “ur telling me u don’t live in some hidden room in the villa doing the voiceover live ???”
While a fourth wrote: “most iconic voice in the UK tv.”
Love Island kicked off its new series this week as a new batch of singletons headed into the famous Mallorcan villa ready for a summer of love. During the latest instalment, things heated up in the villa as Tyrique Hyde shared a kiss with Ella Thomas while Mitchel Taylor smooched Molly Marsh.
But it could be trouble in paradise for the ITV2 dating show, when ratings for this season already began to plummet on the second episode – which saw the first dramatic recoupling of the series.
Monday night's premiere episode boasted a peak of 1,543,000 live viewers, according to The Sun, which is one million down on 2022 figures. While the second episode saw a mere 1,111,000 viewers tuning in live on Tuesday. ITV has confirmed that Monday's launch ratings grew to 1.7 million when viewing figures for its streaming service, ITVX, were included.
It's a way off from popular seasons of the past, such as the series four finale – which drew in 3.4M viewers for its live finale.
It seems that ITV boss Kevin Lygo isn't too worried about the prominent dip, as he has previously insisted that TV ratings aren't the primary focus.
Speaking previously at the Edinburgh TV Festival, he said: "This is a pattern you see when new programmes come along and they’re huge phenomenons. On catch-up, it’s the best-performing series ever.
"Who would think you could invent a programme that runs every night at 9pm for eight weeks and keep viewers, especially young viewers who are hard to find now?"
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