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Review “Love Island Norway”: They talk real love

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Review “Love Island Norway”: They talk real love

“Love Island Norway” (season 3)

Norwegian dating reality in 35 parts

Premiere on TV 2 and TV 2 Play on Monday 4 March

Program manager: Alexandra Joner

Narrator’s voice: Egil Skurdal

With: Lenny Langhelle, Sabrina Bella Abrahamsen, Mathias Gulbrandsen, Elisabeth Henriksen Reither, John Brede Svendsen, Christina Sandnes, Madelen Christine Magnussen, Henrik Fossedal, Stina Ariana Johansen, Edvard Dalsegg Strand and others.

The first two to arrive at the villa at Granca are Madelen and Sabrina. They already wear bikinis for convenience.

Madelen (26) comes from Eidsvoll, refers to herself as “blood Harry” and also “Norway’s answer to Cowboy-Laila”. The narrator’s voice, which belongs to Egil Skurdal and is suitably sarcastic, points out, as is true, that Cowboy-Laila is Norwegian. Born, raised and still a permanent resident of Løten, this reviewer can add.

Sabrina (24) is from Telemark, lives in Oslo, and makes no secret of her hope that she will find a suitable baby daddy in here.

A BIT OF A GANG: “Love Island Norge”, at 10 of them. From left: Henrik Fossedal, Sabrina Bella Abrahamsen, Stine Ariana Johansen, Lenny Langhelle, Madelen Christine Magnussen, Mathias Gulbrandsen, Elisabeth Henriksen Reither, Edvard Dalsegg Strand, Christina Sandnes and John Brede Svendsen. Photo: Espen Solli / TV 2

Jentutten continues to pour on. Measuring each other up and down as they are introduced: Elisabeth (28), a biochemist, thinks she is the “nerd” of the group. Christina (25) from Lofoten currently lives in Barcelona, ​​sets high standards and is “hard-nosed”. She grew up in a fishing village called Napp. Which, in this context, is festive.

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Stine Ariana (26) from Oslo practically presents herself in a language other than her mother tongue: She is one high maintenance divain boss ass bitchwhich does not take shit from someone.

Then the guys start arriving.

Henrik (29) from Bergen looks as if he could be lucky enough to be mistaken for Alexander Skarsgård in a dark room, late at night, with enough people inside. Lenny (21) from Bergen is on his side became mistaken for Harry Styles – twice. (These are compliments, of course.) Many write the latter off as one fuck boy He himself thinks he is one lover boya romantic and mama’s boy.

A “FUCKBOY” FROM BERGEN?: No, a romantic and mama’s boy. Lenny Langhelle in “Love Island Norway”. Photo: Espen Solli / TV 2

Mathias (26) from Oslo is a personal trainer, interested in meditation and spirituality. A cuddly guy – in the body of an outcast. John (27) from Hammerfest, lives in Oslo, is the silent type, with “a heart of gold, a body of steel and the depth of an open sea”. (His words, not mine.)

Edvard (30) from Kjelsås in Oslo, stands out by does not arrive in baris, but with a white, open shirt on the upper body. He works as a salesman (freelance), and has a salesman’s white teeth. He’s “open to love,” he says, demonstrating that he means business by licking a red, heart-shaped balloon.

Now these are supposed to split into pairs, and ideally start to reproduce as soon as possible. But then it is the case, as in life in general, that some end up with none, and others with many.

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“NORWAY’S ANSWER TO COWBOY-LAILA”: Madelen Christine Magnussen in “Love Island Norway”. Photo: Espen Solli / TV 2

It’s a bit painful to watch, I must say. The more sensitive among us will be sent straight back to the outlet the deadball team in gym class at the primary school. The merciless law of the jungle.

But it’s amazing how quickly some people get together. It’s amazing how quickly the producers then throw in new half-naked boys and girls – no spoilers – whose function is to destroy the potentially promising couple constellations. No drama, no series.

It is also astonishing how quickly we, the viewers, against our better judgment, begin to bother us.

“Love Island” differs from “Paradise Hotel” in a couple of ways. The most obvious is that “Pærra” is populated by people who want to drink and wallow on TV, and at all costs become “celebrities”. Spinning narcissists who know deep down that they are participating in some kind of comedy, and willingly allow themselves to be hung out in a public gaggle.

“FROM LOFOTEN WITH LOVE”: Christina Sandnes in “Love Island Norway”. Photo: Espen Solli / TV 2

“Love Island”, on the other hand, is – at least nominally – about “finding love”. Meet your life partner and baby daddy. While confined in a villa far from home, monitored by cameras 24/7.

This means that “Love Island” is smaller. A single long one date who are as sweaty as your own least successful ones. Overhearing and observing people desperately trying to get to know each other is almost as tiring as watching established couples argue. “Love Island” is 70% rather painful smalltalk. At least in the beginning.

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But both social anthropologists and other viewers will have a certain benefit from following the dynamics of these (very) nascent “romances”. Is it true that “like children play best”? Or that “opposites attract each other”?

A FACE FOR TV: … and Egil Skurdal (left). Alexandra Joner on the right. Photo: TV 2

Compared to “Paradise Hotel”, “Love Island” is still a sober program. There is drinking, but not much. It is more serious. Humans are more vulnerable. And if there’s one thing the TV camera loves, it’s faces that change in disappointment, insult, crying, indignation, happiness and/or shock.

Alexandra Joner, a diva and boss ass bitch as good as anyone, works great as a presenter. The programs maintain the technical quality we have become accustomed to in Norwegian “reality”: They are well edited, droolingly obvious in the use of music and of course full of product placements (“yaaay, beta carotene!!”).

If you are the type who viber with this type of program, which likes the direct “energy” in them, just cut in.

Series like this can be as addictive as crack. They are about as buildable as well.

The reviewer has seen five of 35 episodes

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