The Cabins viewers left pining for Love Island and irritated that the contestants are allowed phones


ITV2’s new dating show The Cabins debuted on Monday night, attempting to fill the Love Island-shaped void left by the coronavirus pandemic.

But fans couldn’t help but stack the two shows up against one another, finding themselves pining for the sun-drenched escapades of Love Island over the wintry log cabin setting of its replacement show.

While many weren’t impressed, several also dubbed it a worthy replacement as the UK heads into lockdown 3.

No YOU hang up! The Cabins viewers were left pining for Love Island and irritated that the contestants were allowed to call and text their home pals during Monday’s series debut

Viewers tweeted a mixture of opinions, with one posting: ‘Such a boring show. They should of just made it a love island kinda vibe, cus this ain’t it!’ 

A less skeptical viewer penned: ‘It’s not Love Island AT ALL but we will manage!’

Another posted: ‘#thecabins #itv is a literally a remix of #geordieshore #loveisland and #tracybeaker!’

‘I tried #TheCabins but I can’t get into it. It just isn’t #LoveIsland. I wish this show was successful but I have a feeling it’s going to be the same as Survival of fittest!’ someone else remarked, referring to ITV2’s previous attempt at creating a new version of Love Island three years ago.

Ring-a-ding-dong! Many were left irritated by the fact that the three pairs of contestants - who move into cabins with a potential match and have to get to know them one-on-one - were allowed to take their phones from the outside world in with them

Ring-a-ding-dong! Many were left irritated by the fact that the three pairs of contestants – who move into cabins with a potential match and have to get to know them one-on-one – were allowed to take their phones from the outside world in with them

Compare and contrast: Fans couldn't help but stack the two shows up against one another, finding themselves pining for the sun-drenched escapades of Love Island over the wintry log cabin setting of its replacement

Compare and contrast: Fans couldn’t help but stack the two shows up against one another, finding themselves pining for the sun-drenched escapades of Love Island over the wintry log cabin setting of its replacement

‘#TheCabins is definitely the Poundland version of Love Island…’ another tweeted, followed by someone who agreed: ‘£1 version of love island?’

‘Watching #TheCabins and I’m not sure how I feel about it but you can be damn sure it’s filling that #LoveIsland void in my heart at the moment,’ another kinder viewer remarked.

Another posted: ‘Not sold on #TheCabins just yet, but there’s a same-sex couple so it’s already topped Love Island!’

Many were left irritated by the fact that the three pairs of contestants – who move into cabins with a potential match and have to get to know them one-on-one – were allowed to take their phones from the outside world in with them.

'Ruining it?' 'Someone take their phones off them, annoying me already!' one person seethed, as another typed - 'For god¿s sake take their phones away and make it interesting!'

‘Ruining it?’ ‘Someone take their phones off them, annoying me already!’ one person seethed, as another typed – ‘For god’s sake take their phones away and make it interesting!’

Filling the void: ITV2's new dating show debuted on Monday night, attempting to fill the Love Island-shaped void left by the coronavirus pandemic

Filling the void: ITV2’s new dating show debuted on Monday night, attempting to fill the Love Island-shaped void left by the coronavirus pandemic

This led to scenes in which they disappeared off to call, text or FaceTime their pals and chat to them about their partners.

‘Someone take their phones off them, annoying me already!’ one person seethed, as another typed: ‘For god’s sake take their phones away and make it interesting!’

‘These phone calls make no sense to me,’ another posted, followed by someone else tweeting: ‘Oh my god get off your phones!’

This phone thing is going to ruin the show!’ came another tweet.

Nothing better to do: While many weren’t impressed, several also dubbed it a worthy replacement as the UK heads into lockdown 3

Debut: The show kicked off with three couples moving into a cabin each. In one, Abraham and Sofia [pictured] were placed together, with Tom and Olivia in a second, and Charlotte and Sarah in the third

Debut: The show kicked off with three couples moving into a cabin each. In one, Abraham and Sofia [pictured] were placed together, with Tom and Olivia in a second, and Charlotte and Sarah in the third

‘Ngl don’t know if I’m feeling the whole phones on situ!’ came another remark, as someone else posted: ‘Dude speaking on the phone more than his date!’

‘Imagine while on a date and your date keep saying “hold on” while you’re having a cute or deep moment! so they can reply back to their messages. This phone idea is dumb!’ remarked another.

The show kicked off with three couples moving into a cabin each.

In one, Abraham and Sofia were placed together, with Tom and Olivia in a second, and Charlotte and Sarah in the third. 

Otters: Charlotte and Sarah appeared to hit it off the most, seen holding hands and spooning in bed on just the first night

Otters: Charlotte and Sarah appeared to hit it off the most, seen holding hands and spooning in bed on just the first night

Format: The concept sees them decide whether to stick around or move out after 24 hours with each other, with all three choosing to stay put

Format: The concept sees them decide whether to stick around or move out after 24 hours with each other, with all three choosing to stay put

The latter appeared to hit it off the most, seen holding hands and spooning in bed on just the first night.

The concept sees them decide whether to stick around or move out after 24 hours with each other, with all three choosing to stay put.

The preview for episode two, however, seemed to suggest things don’t bode well, with both Sofia and Olivia seen in tears – despite the latter sharing a kiss with Tom.

The Cabins continues on ITV2 on Tuesday at 9PM.    

The Cabins: Meet the singletons

 ABRAHAM

 

Age: 21

Profession: Architecture student

From: East London 

Celebrity crush: Love Island’s Joanna Chimonides. I made a TikTok video once that she re-posted on her Instagram.

 Abraham says: ‘It’s a once in a lifetime experience. 

What I’m specifically looking for is a partner or a best friend that could lead into that.’

 

MAMUDO 

Age: 23 

Profession:  Footballer

From: Liverpool 

Celebrity crush: ‘Maya Jama – she’s so funny and seems genuine and down to earth and obviously she’s not bad to look at as well.’

Mamudo  says:  ‘On the outside world you go for food, drinks… in here you talk for 24 hours and get as much info as you can.’

JESS 

 

Age: 24

Profession: Ex Disney World employee turned bingo hall worker

From: Newport 

Celebrity crush: ‘So many! I absolutely love Tom Holland. I love Niall from One Direction. Roman Kemp and Barney Walsh. I love Ben Shephard. I love Dermot O’Leary.’

Jess says:  ‘I’ve been single for almost two years. I’ve had a brilliant time… but I just want someone to share my crazy lifestyle with.’ 

 

TOM 

Age: 26

Profession: National business development manager

From: Leeds 

Celebrity crush: ‘Belle Hassan from Love Island.’

Tom says:  ‘If I’m with someone I go above and beyond to make them happy. In my eyes everyone should be treated like a princess.’

 

WILL 

Age: 28

Profession: Family run electrical company

From: London

Celebrity crush: ‘Margot Robbie. In Wolf of Wall Street she’s unbelievable.’

Will says:  ‘I’m a big character. Girls who are quiet and timid and don’t like having a laugh and want to sit there and play with their nails, we wouldn’t get on.’   

JOEL

 Age:  22

Profession: Bin man

From: Swansea

Celebrity crush: ‘Lucie Donlan from Love Island. I was like, ‘Oh my god, she surfs!’ I just like girls who do any sports activities.’

Will says:  ‘I’m struggling to find someone in Swansea. I always say to my mum, I want to find someone outside of Swansea.’

 

HOLLY 

 

Age: 23 

Profession: Cabin crew, make-up artist and influencer

From: Staffordshire

Celebrity crush: ‘I’ve had the odd person talk to me on Instagram…It’s not the sort of person I want to be involved with, I want to be with someone who works on a building site that no one knows about.’

Holly says: ‘My love life is an absolute shambles basically’.

 

ROBYN 

 

Age:  26

Profession: Sales executive 

From: Doncaster 

Celebrity crush: ‘Ruben Loftus-Cheek, He’s gorgeous. And it’s a free season ticket to Chelsea, isn’t it!’

Robyn says:  ‘I’ve dated a few Man U fans before and it just does not work out. You’d think it would be good to have that banter and rivalry. But if they’re really die hard fans and they get really passionate about it – and I’m passionate – then we just clash.’ 

SARAH 

 

Age: 26

Profession: Waitress and murder mystery actress

From: Blackpool

Celebrity crush: Emma Watson or Megan Fox. Two very different people… But for example Emma Watson, I kind of likenerdy, book worm type – the opposite to me.’

Sarah says: ‘I’ve dated men, but not a lot. Primarily I’m women, but if I fall for a guy, I’ll give them a chance. I do classify myself as lesbian.’

 

SOFIA 

Age: 21

Profession: Miss Diamond UK, tattoo apprentice, model 

From: Kent

Celebrity crush: ”I adore Russell Brand, when he had the bird nest hair’

Tom says:  ‘I’ve managed to set myself on fire, I walked out of the toilet with my dress stuck in my knickers – you name it and I’ve probably done it on a date.’

 

OLIVIA 

Age: 22

Profession: Customer service

From: Hull

Celebrity crush: ‘Callum Izzard from Ibiza Weekender, he’s gorgeous!”

Olivia says:  ‘I want someone that’s really bubbly, lively, outgoing, but also someone that can be romantic. My past relationships haven’t been romantic.’  

 

 CHARLOTTE

Age:  29

Profession: Bin man Operations manager for a coffee company

From: Stafford

Celebrity crush: ‘Jennifer Lawrence. She’s so witty and quick.’

Charlotte says:  ‘I’ve only been dating women for about 18 months. I feel like I’m still learning my type. I definitely like the more alternative girls. Tattoos, piercings… and more tomboy than really girly.’ 

  

 

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