What To Watch Now That Love Island Is Over

What do I do with my life now?

No seriously, what do I do?

The bikinis have been packed away, paper has been left without a type, and salmon is once again gone back to being nothing more than a fish in the sea.

Alas, Love Island has come to an end for yet another year, that is until Winter Love Island comes along. 

But if you’re one of the millions likely devastated by its newfound absence from our homes, here are 11 shows like Love Island that just might be able to fill that vacant hole in your evening routine…

If you loved the island location, try:

First Dates Hotel is the glamorous older sister of First Dates. With each series taking place in a different location, the show is similar to its predecessor as it allows us to live vicariously through the frustrations of modern dating. But First Dates Hotel comes with a twist, as if the date goes well, the couples get the opportunity of checking in for the night - with the chance of several more dates.

If You Loved the search for love, try:

Terrace House has become something of an international hit, yet it's hard to pin down what makes it so enjoyable. Sounds like Love Island, eh? The premise is that three boys and three girls move into an impeccably stylish house, but the contestants take their time in coupling up. Everyone is polite and there are no dramas ála Anna and Jordan. Granted, it can be incredibly dull at times but there's something so comforting about it all.

IF YOU LOVED THE ONE-ON-ONE DATES, TRY:

The obvious choice is most definitely Celebs Go Dating. Why? Because give it time and you're guaranteed to catch a former Love Island contestant appear on the show. Just last year, Eyal Brooker and Olvia Attwood signed up for the E4 show alongside Sugababes' Mutya Buena, Made In Chelsea star Alik Alfus and TOWIE favourites Chloe Sims and Vas Morgan who together try to find the one. 

if you loved the stability of having 9 pm plans, try: 

The Great British Bake Off is being cooked up as we speak, with a new selection of amateur bakers hoping to whip up a storm (as well as a selection of mouth-watering baked goods) in the marquee of dreams. Brits from all walks of life rise to the occasion under the withering gaze of Paul Hollywood, and the charming warmth of Prue Leith. The Great British Bake Off is expected to return to Channel 4 in August 2019 and judging by previous years, the competition is likely to run for ten weeks until October. 

If You Loved the choice between love & money, try:

A group of young Kiwi singles meet in Fiji, ready to play for love or money – or maybe a bit of both. The game tactics are vital as the hopeful singles aim to survive challenges, passion plays and eliminations – as well as the back-stabbing and blindsides that go along with all reality TV romances. But what’s more important, genuine feelings or a winning strategy? Go forth and binge to find out.

If You Loved The competition element of it all, TRY:

The Bachelor - undoubtedly the most-talked-about dating competition shows in the U.S. are The Bachelor and its equally popular spin-offs The Bachelorette and Bachelor in ParadiseThe series revolves around a single bachelor who starts with a pool of romantic interests from whom he is expected to select a wife. During the course of the season, the bachelor eliminates candidates, culminating in a marriage proposal to his final selection. The participants travel to romantic and exotic locations for their adventures, and if you thought Love Island was dramatic, buckle up. 

iF YOU JUST LOVE TRASH TV, TRY:

Ex On The Beach - it’s Love Island minus all of the love, essentially. Eight single guys and girls enjoy a holiday in a paradise location, only for their exes to turn up and spoil it all, as they seek revenge – or occasionally, another chance at love. Still wildly popular after several years on air, it’s spawned some of the newer reality TV stars on the block, including Megan McKenna and Stephen Bear.

if you LOVED THE MADNESS OF IT ALL, try:

Naked Attraction - nowhere near as tacky as the name or its reputation implies, the show displays realistic body types in their full glory. If you're looking for a postmodern, sexually-adventurous spin on Blind Date and Love Island but weirder, I dare you to find anything better.

If You Loved The Show But Wanted Marriage, try:

90 Day Fiancé follows a group of couples who have 90 days to decide to marry before their foreign fiancé’s visa expires and he or she must leave the country. The longest season is only 14 episodes, so the entire series is a manageable watch even for those with average binge-watching skills. There's also multiple spin-offs such as, 90 Day FiancéHappily Ever After?90 Day FiancéThe Other Way, 90 Day FiancéBefore the 90 Days, and 90 Day Fiancé: What Now?  to keep you busy for the rest of summer. 

If You Just Loved Love Island, Try:

More Love Island.  What better way to get rid of the Love Island blues than by reliving the whole thing again? There are a whole four seasons of Islander drama to catch up on and weep along to the moment Kem and Chris first met. But if that's already a regular occurrence for you, Love Island USA  is coming soon to Virgin Media 2.

If You hated love island but enjoy reality tv, try:

The reality TV show that even those who hate reality TV are destined to love, Queer Eye is the warmer, lovelier and woke-r remake of the 90s series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The new fab five - food and wine specialist Antoni Porowski, interior designer Bobby Berk, grooming consultant Jonathan Van Ness, fashion designer Tan France and culture expert Karamo Brown - provide lifestyle makeovers for people from all walks of life, with uplifting results. Grab the tissues because you're going to cry. 

And hey, it won't be long till Greg and Amber get their own reality TV Show.

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