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Netflix’s ‘truly wild’ Love Island replacement bans contestants from sexual activity to win $100k prize

Netflix have remixed the dating game with their latest "truly wild" reality show helping.

Many TV fans are currently waiting with baited breath on news of whether our beloved Love Island will still happen this summer following the coronavirus lockdown.

So the streaming giant are bringing us Too Hot To Handle on 17 April, a series that is sure to give us our fix of good looking people on the search for love – or lust in this case.

After blasting through Love Is Blind not so long ago, and binging on Tiger King's chaotic world of exotic animals and bizarre plot twists during self-isolation, Netlfix clearly realised we were ready for something else to hook our greedy need for trashy reality TV.

They have come to the rescue with Too Hot To Handle, a trailer for which has just been released by Netflix, along with the description: "Too Hot To Handle is our next truly wild dating experiment."

The premise of the show is similar to Love Island, Ex on the Beach, Love Is Blind and the many other iterations that came before – a group of heterosexual men and women from around the world are sent to an exotic location to try and find love.

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But of course there's a big twist.

In order to compete to win the $100,000 (£80,000) prize money the contestants are banned from physical contact, which means no sexual activity whatsoever like kissing, heavy petting, self-gratification and of course sex.

The group of singletons are challenged to find a deeper connection by taking part in games, activities and flirty workshops that puts their weaknesses to the test.


The official synopsis from Netflix explains: "10 young, hot singles from around the world come together in a seaside paradise for what they think will be the most exotic and erotic summer of their lives— but there’s a twist.

"These commitment-phobes who love a casual hook-up, will have to give up all hanky panky for the entire retreat if they want to win the $100,000 grand prize.

"No kissing, no heavy petting, and no self-gratification of any kind. With every slip, the prize money goes down. In this luxury no-bone zone, will the serial singletons be able to form deeper emotional connections? Or will the temptation simply be too hot to handle?"

The trailer sees the singletons meeting at the "retreat" and according to the Sun they include DJ Diplo's ex, an ex-semi-pro rugby player from London, a former America’s Next Top Model finalist and a girl from Essex.

The group are at the beck and call of a robot named Lana, similar to an Amazon Alexa, who issues instructions, telling them that for every infringement on the rules money will be deducted from the prize fund.

Too Hot To Handle comes just as Love Island fans started to wonder if the ITV2 series would still get the go ahead as we battle COVID-19.

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According to the Daily Star, bosses behind the show are doing what they can to prep for the show, a source told the publication: "The production team is now doing everything possible to prepare for the new series.

"It's a difficult time but it's a case of 'all systems go'. They're determined not to let the virus stop the series going ahead."

The insider added that the show can be pushed back to the end of 2020 if needs be and potential contestants are reportedly still being approached: "It can be put back again and again. If the series can't air until right at the end of the year, then so be it. It will still happen."

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