Are You The One? is queer Love Island and we're totally here for it

Are You The One? has an all-queer cast this season where contestants must find their perfect match to win $1 million.

Are You The One?
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Picking up where Love Island left off, the new season of MTV’s show Are You The One? has taken the US by storm and is now available to watch in Ireland on NOW TV.

In what is a first for US TV, the show has cast an all queer line-up this season.

The 16 contestants are attracted to all genders, identifying across a spectrum of bisexual, pansexual or sexually fluid.

Much like the Love Island set up, Are You The One? boasts a formula of sun, sex and money as the singles live together in Hawaii in search of their “perfect match” as well as a cool prize of $1 million.

The show uses matchmaking technology to test the compatibility of the contestants based on a one-thousand-page questionnaire, a personality test and interviews with friends, family and exes.

Based on this information, producers determine the “perfect match” for each contestant but don’t tell them who it is. If all contestants correctly find out who their “perfect match” is by the end of the series, they all get to split the $1 million prize fund.

Are You The One?, which is now in its eighth season, has an all-queer cast for the first time, meaning that there are no longer any gender limitations on matches.

Contestant Nour Fraij explains, “Whoever I’m attracted to, whoever I’m drawn to, that’s what I want.”

The series is off to a flying start with a fivesome in episode one causing a stir. Contestant Basit Shittu, a non-binary bisexual drag artist, said that the contestant’s liberal attitudes to sex shouldn’t be linked to their LGBT+ identities.

“I think straight people have fivesomes and I think straight people have messy relationships,” they told the Post.

“We all date the same because we are all the same. We all just want to find love.”

Are You The One? is now available to stream on Now TV.

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