Love Island explained – what are the rules?

Love Island’s Sherif Lanre has left the villa after just nine days, after revealing that he broke the rules of the show.

Sherif, 20, was one of 12 contestants who made their debut on the island when the series kicked off last week – and had been coupled up with Anna Vakili since then, with the pair gradually becoming closer.

However it was confirmed on Tuesday he had left, with a spokesperson saying: ‘After breaking the villa rules Sherif had conversations with the producers and it was mutually agreed that he would leave the Love Island villa.’

Sherif added: ‘In a case of poor judgement, I broke the villa rules and as a result agreed with the producers that it was best for me to leave the villa. I regret that I didn’t conduct myself in the right way and, as a 20 year old guy, it’s something I know I will take on board and learn from.

‘I really enjoyed my time in the villa and look forward to catching up with everyone on the outside.’

While it hasn’t yet been confirmed which rule – or rules – Sherif broke – there are strict codes of conduct which Islanders have to adhere to while they’re in the villa, which cover behaviour as well as the way in which the series works.

Here’s what you need to know about the rules of the show.

What is Love Island and how does the show work?

The idea behind Love Island is a simple one – a bunch of single people spend the best part of the summer living in a luxury villa in Majorca, where they try and find themselves a partner from among the other contestants.

This is done by means of ‘coupling up’, which happens as soon as the contestants arrive on the island – with each of the boys choosing one of the girls that they are initially attracted to, that they would like to get to know better.

It doesn’t end there though as the boys are allowed to ‘steal’ one of the other girls from someone they have already coupled up with – relegating that contestant to the subs’ bench (as happened last night when Joe chose Lucie, even though Michael had already chosen to couple up with her – and Callum then chose Amber who had been coupled with Sherif).

At the end of the first round of coupling, anyone who has been relegated to the subs’ bench can choose another girl from the ones who are left.

Throughout the series there are regular ‘recouplings’ – in which those who are coupled up can choose to stay with the person they’re with, or choose another person who has taken their fancy to couple with.

Anybody who is left single after a recoupling is dumped from the island and eliminated from the show.

Couples can also be eliminated via public vote, with viewers voting for their favourite couples during the series – and the ones receiving the fewest votes at risk of being dumped.

While 12 Islanders have initially gone into the show, more newcomers will be regularly added to the villa as others leave – making the process of coupling and recoupling more complicated.

How is the winner decided and what do they get?

The winning couple is chosen by public vote and revealed in a live final.

They receive a £50,000 cash prize – but in an added twist one half of the couple is given the option to split the money with their partner – or keep the whole lot for themselves, thus revealing whether they really are in it for love or money.

How can people vote for their favourites?

You can do so by downloading the official Love Island app for android or Apple iOS – with votes normally announced at the end of shows as and when they happen.

As well as voting for your favourites, viewers can also influence what goes on on the island by voting for which Islander they would like to see go on a date with a new contestant after they have arrived.

Are there other rules on the show?

While the saucy games and bed-hopping antics might suggest Love Island is a fairly relaxed place to be, contestants actually have to follow a strict code of conduct during their time there.

According to the Mirror contestants are not allowed to appear naked in front of one another, and as the villa is seen as a public place they are discouraged from gadding about in the buff – even in the shower.

Masturbation is also a no-no, as is engaging in sexual activity while drunk – although there may not be much chance of that, since alcohol intake is generally restricted.

Former contestant Liana Isadora Van-Riel, who was on the show in 2016, told The Sun: ‘You’re allowed one or two drinks a night, either wine or beer, no spirits.’

Following a string of complaints about the 2017 series, contestants are also banned from smoking outside of a designated smoking area which only one Islander is allowed to use at a time.

And those who do get around to doing the deed are supplied with condoms and offered counselling afterwards.

When is Love Island on?

The series continues on ITV2 on Tuesday night at 9pm.

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