Love Island: First candidate with impaired vision announced as new Islander for winter season

Love Island: First candidate with impaired vision announced as new Islander for winter season

A semi-professional rugby player who also teaches physical education, a farmer who practices meditation, and an actress who serves as Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson’s body double are among the candidates on Love Island’s return for its winter season.

The first person that is partially sighted on Love Island has been revealed.

One of the Islanders traveling to a villa in South Africa for the ninth season, the first winter show since the epidemic, is Ron Hall, a 25-year-old financial advisor from Essex.

Hall believes his injuries have never “hindered” him in life. He lost his vision in one eye playing football when he was eight years old.

After the injury, he claims his eyes now have two distinct colors—blue and green—which he claims “added to his character.”

Tasha Ghouri, who participated in Love Island last summer as the show’s first deaf candidate, and her partner Andrew Le Page placed fourth in the finale.

Blind England player Rainbow Mbuangi called the presence of a partially sighted competitor on the program “great,” adding that more has to be done to rectify the show’s lack of diversity, which has previously been criticized.

“I sincerely hope other TV shows would make an effort to diversify their competitors and actors to counteract stereotypes of people with disabilities,” the author said.

The reality program has added additional duty of care policies this season, including expanded behavior and relationship training and a social media hiatus for all competitors for the duration of the series.

The new welfare measures, according to ITV and Lifted Entertainment (a division of ITV Studios), would help contributors before, during, and after production.

Islanders will receive instruction on mutually respectful behavior in relationships, knowledge of the behavioral patterns connected to controlling and coercive behavior, and advice on how to use inclusive language when addressing disability, sexuality, race and ethnicity, and microaggressions before they enter the villa.

They will also see a film featuring the executive producer and welfare chief of the program in which previous Islanders discuss their time on the program.

After Adam Collard, who was accused of gaslighting fellow contestant Rosie Williams in 2018, returned to the villa for the summer season, there was the reaction the previous year.

Love Island: First candidate with impaired vision announced as new Islander for winter season
The new batch of Islanders is ready to enter the villa. Pic: ITV

The winter season, which premieres on ITV2 and ITVX next Monday at 9 pm, will be hosted by 28-year-old presenter Maya Jama.

Other confirmed participants include a semi-pro rugby player, a farmer who practices meditation, and an actress who has served as Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson’s body double.

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