IT was once the hottest show of the year, with contestants getting intimate under the covers in front of millions of viewers on national TV.
But despite the blistering temperatures and hot bodies, the current series of “Love Island” was the sexiest of all time – the condoms were gathering dust.
In her first interview since being voted off the show on Wednesday, Abi Moores told The Sun on Sunday that the producers weren’t hiding adult scenes from viewers, but rather that there weren’t any for the broadcast.
Participants have used football and beauty-related code words over the years to indicate how far they went in the bedroom when speaking to fellow islanders.
Abi, 25, said: “Nobody does anything so there’s no need for a gender analogy like I ate a baguette or whatever.”
Before each series, islanders must pass a test for sexually transmitted infections, and producers pack Love Island-branded condoms in their luggage.
When asked if they were being used, she said: “No, I didn’t even know where they were. When I came back I found them in my pocket.
“A lot of people are cuddling and you can hear the kisses, those kisses are very loud.
“I think everyone behaved quite well and I don’t think anything actually happened.”
“We tried to get it out of the couples as they headed to (private love nest) The Hideaway but their lips were tightly sealed no one would say a word.
“I definitely know that Whitney (Adebayo) and Lochan (Nowacki) will wait and nothing will happen in there, and the same goes for Molly (Marsh) and Zachariah (Noble). You will not do anything in the villa.”
In previous series, night vision cameras have captured the hot action between the couples, whose beds are inches apart.
But Abi added: “I didn’t notice any activity late at night.”
It’s not just cooling off inside the villa, with a Sun poll showing that 79 per cent of viewers have switched off this year.
37 percent of readers now want the dating show ITV2 to be discontinued altogether.
Hampshire-born Abi took part in the show’s tenth season as part of the Casa Amor episodes, in which couples are separated and put to the ultimate test. Initially, she only had eyes for 26-year-old gas engineer Mitchel Taylor from Sheffield.
But their romance was short-lived after Mitchel’s head was turned by blonde bombshell and championship dancer Ella Barnes, 23, and Abi was left out in the rain.
The former British Airways flight attendant revealed the producers convinced her to meet 22-year-old Welsh footballer Scott van-der-Sluis to spark another story.
She said: “I was told Scott would be a good option.
“Both the producers and the islanders were like, ‘Who else do you like?’ Who else are you into?’”
Abi continued, “The producers were kind of your friends too, so I’d even call them one of the islanders.
“It was like, ‘You’re on Love Island and Scott’s into you, so you might as well give him the time of the day.'”
“I was like, ‘Okay, I’m going to talk to Scott, and he did it to me and he really started the flirt.”
But their romance faltered when Scott told Abi that she was moving too fast and that he “hadn’t gotten to really liking her yet.” They later decided to remain friends.
Abi also revealed what happens behind the scenes when the cameras stop rolling.
Although the feedback only takes up a small portion of an episode, filming can take up to four hours.
Abi said: “We are constantly starving. I ate about a thousand cookies.
“I want to know how many cookies we actually ate on the entire show.”
While producers dictate when islanders can talk to each other, they have no control over Mallorca’s unpredictable weather.
Abi explained: “When it rains the boys and girls are kept separate because they want us outside (when we talk) because it looks better there.
“To pass the time, we did talent shows. Molly would do a magic show, Jess (Harding) would dance her Cookie Monster or we would play little games like heads down, thumbs up.
Abi also revealed that the girls were treated to manicures and pedicures at the villa and that she had begged the producers for a hair appointment.
She said: “I really wanted to get my hair done because all my extensions fell out. It was a nightmare.
“I kept asking to see someone but Jess, Ella and I were the only ones with extensions so it was a bit unfair for the lady to come in.”
Abi added: “Eventually I got my hair done and one day someone came over because I had no hair left.”
Despite the beauty mishap, Abi was still able to impress during her time at the villa, having already struck a six-figure deal with a major fake tan brand.
That means she will be following in the footsteps of Love Island queen Molly-Mae Hague, 24, who is today on our Fabulous magazine rich list after finishing second in the 2019 championship alongside boxer Tommy Fury, 24 show became.
“Passengers would give me their numbers”
Abi said: “Molly-Mae is so inspirational.
“She’s so amazing at building an empire and that would be the dream to do it as well as her or (ITVX presenter) Olivia Attwood, the big names everyone remembers.”
“I definitely enjoyed my experience and media is definitely something I would love to be involved with.”
A life in the limelight would mean saying goodbye to her jet-set lifestyle as cabin crew, which led her to spend Christmas in Dubai catering to A-listers in business class.
She said: “I absolutely enjoyed every minute I worked there but the money isn’t the best so I would try to do something else to keep going and get my own place to live.”
“When the opportunity came up for Love Island, I thought, ‘That’s a sign.’ Maybe I’ll go to university and get a degree? I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Chatting about their famous encounters at work, she said: “Just a few weeks before Love Island I had Stormzy on my flight.
“But he was so calm. I think he was tired and had a lot of guys with him.”
Abi added: “Emma Thompson is the kindest woman and so lovely.
“I also had Rita Ora, who I also met at the villa, and I was like, ‘Oh my god, you were on my flight.'”
Of all the flirty encounters at 30,000ft, she said: “It’s so funny because I started flying during Covid and everyone was wearing masks.”
“People would get on a flight and you’d be like, ‘Oh, Delta at number 14, he’s so fit.'” Then they would eat, and when they took off their masks, they would look very different. For example: ‘No, I withdraw my statement’.”
Abi also shared the subtle way wealthy business-class men tried to venture out.
She added, “One of the gentlest ways is to say, ‘Can I have a pen?’
“So you give them a pen to fill out a form or something, but when they return it they have their number folded into the pen hook.”
When asked if it ever worked, she added, “I’ve never tackled it.”
DO BITS SOCIETY IS DEAD
By Emily Webber
COMPARED to previous series, this series was mostly PG rated.
Only bombshell Tink Reading, 26, has hinted there will be some action in the bedroom following the night out with Montel McKenzie, 25, at Casa Amor.
Just before she was released from the villa, Birmingham-born Tink said, “The night we spent in bed together wasn’t exactly PG.”
But in 2018, it was a different story when Megan Barton-Hanson and Eyal Booker, 27, became founding members of the Do Bits Society. Megan, 29, quickly switched to fellow islander Wes Nelson, 25, who she had sex with at the Hideaway while wearing ex-Eyal’s sweater.
Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague, both 24, became the first couple to become intimate during the 2019 series. The boxer performed a sex act with Molly-Mae while spooning in bed, and the “Jesus Christ” influencer was heard gasping.
Another time, Molly-Mae reached under the covers and whispered, “It’s freaking huge.”
And in 2016, Terry Walsh and Emma-Jane Woodham, 35, romped on the front pages hoping the scenes wouldn’t air.
In season two, the two grew closer as night vision cameras captured their shocked compatriots.
But this year, Dennis Wise’s daughter Amber, 19, told The Sun on Sunday that she had promised her ex-footballer dad not to curl up under the covers.
She said: “I promised not to have sex on TV. But it wasn’t like I was dating anyone I felt like dating. Dad is very happy that I was kicked out at the time.”