The 28 year old, who appeared on the winter version of the ITV2 dating show in 2020, has been sharing secrets about life in Love Island villa over recent weeks, and has now revealed all about the iconic recouplings.
Shaughna, who recently attended Wireless Festival alongside fellow Islander Demi Jones, explained how the ceremonies take hours to film, while producers give contestants a helping hand on what to say in their heartfelt speeches by the fire pit.
Speaking on Alex Light & Em Clarkson’s Should I Delete That podcast, she explained: “[They take] hours. Hours. You don’t normally have to re-do… if it’s something very dramatic, then obviously they can’t really redo that.
“But when you’re doing, like, the ‘I would like to couple up with this person because…’ you do that in three sections. So you say that, and then you have a big pause, then you say the next bit, pause,” she revealed on the Should I Delete That podcast.
Explaining how they prepare for the dramatic recouplings, Shaughna continued: “You kind of go over it with a producer before, that night.
“So like during dinner time you kind of talk through it. It’s really produced.
“They kind of ask you to go for chats and certain things. It’s a TV show, so I get it.”
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Shaughna also revealed that the recouplings can take up to two hours to film, and the Islanders all have to sit in silence during filming.
Speaking on OK!‘s weekly Instagram Live Q&A about Love Island, the 28 year old also revealed: “It could be an hour and a half to two hours, but when you’re sitting down there, you have to sit in silence, so you literally have to sit in silence until you have to say your part, and it’s so difficult.
“I remember there would be like times where we would just all burst out laughing, and we would all have to then stop and be straight-faced.”
Filming goes on so late that contestants can eventually hear “birds chirping”, which gives them an idea of what time it really is, she added.
“You’re like ‘oh my god, I should really be going to bed right now’,” Shaughna said. “There would be times when some of the girls would sit on the beanbags and one of us would literally cry because we’re so tired.
“You’ve just got to kind of wait for one more thing to happen and if that one scene or that one conversation takes ages, you’re like ‘just do what they’re asking you to do ’cause you’re just knackered.”
Love Island continues on ITV2 at 9pm.
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