LOVE Island’s Meet the Parents episode where stars’ relatives come into the villa is one of the highlights of the series.
Now 2021 star Kaz Kamwi’s sister has revealed what it’s like to take part – and the things producers will absolutely not let you do.
Firstly, Banji revealed familes are only allowed into the villa for 20 minutes and they’re told to have a private reunion with their islander before the cameras roll.
She shared in an interview with OK!: “Before I went in, the producers encouraged me to have a good time and to just have a natural catch-up with my sister.
“I was so excited to be in the villa that even if I’d planned to say something fake for the cameras, I’d have forgotten about that the moment I walked in.
“As soon as I came out I was crossing my fingers hoping that I hadn’t made a fool out of myself by saying something embarrassing since it was all a haze.”
However, families are prepped and given a set of topics that are strictly forbidden to discuss while filming.
“We were told that we weren’t allowed to talk about the outside world in relation to the show,” Banji added.
“You are allowed to speak about things that have happened in relation to family life, but you couldn’t talk about things that had happened as a result of the show.
“For instance, our younger sister got a place at uni while Kaz was in the villa and that’s the first thing we told her. It was extremely emotional and Kaz was more interested in catching up with us rather than what was happening with the show anyway.”
Meanwhile, security checks are not only applied to the islanders when they first enter the hit show.
“Before we went into the villa, we had to give in our bags and possessions to stop us bringing anything forbidden in.”
“Since the contestants are so disconnected from the outside world, I imagine that if we brought a watch or mobile phone into the villa they would’ve got extremely disoriented if they knew the time.”
Banji also revealed who goes into the villa can be a last minute decision because families only get 48 hours warning, so it depends on who can get time off work.
And families are put put up in the same hotel, but do not get to see each other on the day of filming and are unable to exchange notes until after they’ve met their islanders.
She added: “I was hoping that I could speak to them and get the tea about what it was like but I had to go in there with zero knowledge.
“It would’ve been super helpful to have someone who could’ve told me to walk a bit slower when entering because I nearly fell over on the stone pathway!”
She also had some words of advice for the islanders families who are preparing to jet to Majorca this year.
“It’s quite overwhelming, especially if you’ve seen or managed the contestants’ social media. There’s lots of opinions out there, so it’s easy to worry about how you will be perceived,” she said.
“I would encourage anyone going in this year to forget about the stress and to enjoy themselves and smile. Also, my biggest regret is not taking a souvenir or some sort of selfie outside the villa, so definitely do that.”