New dating show slammed by viewers as “dystopian” as it searches for virgins

With shows like Milf Manor and Naked Attraction, you would think that reality TV couldn't get any wilder - however, there's a new competition from ITV that has left viewers in disbelief.

American streamer Hulu is launching new reality show Virgin Island, which invites "stunning attractive and confident singles" who claim to have never had sex to find love across 10 episodes. The show is produced by ITV America and will see the contestants compete in challenges as they try to lose their virginities.

The show teases: "As the cast finds heartfelt connections and explores their varying reasons for waiting, there will be plenty of unexpected twists, including new arrivals and departures, all culminating in a dramatic finale where burgeoning relationships are put to the test." Applications for the show are now open for American residents aged 21 and over and while it's unclear how Hulu will confirm the chastity of its contestants, the streamer asks questions like, 'Are you a virgin?', 'Are you a religious person?' and @Explain why you remain a virgin,' in the application form.

After hearing the news, reality fans soon took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to give their thoughts on the show - and many weren't impressed. "FFS the last thing we need is another dating show where pathetic and desperate men and women embarrass themselves on national TV," one person wrote.

"That's the most dystopian reality TV tagline of all time," another tweeted. "Maybe moving images on a screen was a bad idea after all."

Another tweeter wrote: "This sounds like a joke from 30 Rock." Someone else questioned how producers would check whether they were casting virgins, writing: "How they gonna check that?"

From the show's application form, the series is likely to film outside of the US for four week ahead of August 2024. Meanwhile, those who have been convicted of a felony in the last 10 years are prohibited from applying for the show.

Maya Jama
ITV America is inviting virgins to apply for its new dating show

For reality fans in the UK, Love Island is about to begin filming, with Maya Jama returning to host. I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here winner Sam Thompson and former Love Island star Indiyah Polack will be returning to the panel of companion show Love Island: Aftersun, meanwhile Amy Hart, Chris Taylor and Jordan Stephens will be dropping by as celebrity guests.

Love Island is yet to officially confirm this year's contestant line-up however a few names have been leaked in the run-up - including rugby player Ciaran Davies. The Welsh hunk is rumoured to be taking part after "catching the eye" of TV bosses.